2011: The recap episode

This will be the 7th year we have spent New Years Eve up here at the farm. Actually, we missed one year when we were in Paris, but other than that, this is where we see the year out and see the new one in.  I’m always nostalgic at this time, the remembering of what has been in the year past and thinking about all that will come in the new – the unknown and the planned. I just had a read through my very last post last year and was interested to see that all the things I hoped and planned for were just as good as I thought they would be, and I even managed to achieve a few too. Winning! I can’t believe that I actually am healthier and I actually can run some distance (never mind the wetting of the pants or the tomato red complexion that comes with that). I feel like I have made some great friends this year and like I have a proper female friendship that is real and funny and everything I hoped for a year ago (thank you Lee).

Without any of you having to tell me I know my life is blessed. Don’t worry, I know. I am lucky enough to have my health, a supportive and loyal (and not to mention sex-ay) husband, two great kids who sure, don’t sleep, but fill my heart to the brim with joy and happiness and wonder. I am lucky enough not to have to work, to have friends who live around us who love us and get us and hold our hands as we still find our feet in our new community. I am lucky enough to have travelled to some amazing places this year, to celebrate some special occasions at home and away with our friends and family and to be happy pretty much each day.

As sure as it will be a new year on Sunday morning, I know that things will not always be as bright as they are for us all right now. I know for sure that things happen, people get sick, people die, friendships fade and times get tough. I know that this year ahead will bring new challenges for our family – Daisy starting school, Rob starting a whole new phase of his career, Harper maybe joining a Preschool and for me, well who knows really? Perhaps some work. Perhaps not. Perhaps a new baby. Probably not. I do know that I will keep coming on here on most days, telling a little tale from my day, sharing a picture from my garden or table or some frivolous purchase that I have made (sorry Sally). You see, I feel like my life, right now, is like some amazing precious gift that I have been given. It’s beyond amazing on most days – with travel, a beautiful home and garden filled with good food and wine, celebrations and ridiculously special things that I feel like I just have to share. Some bloggers tell their stories to make people laugh, to share their frustrations, to keepsake this time for their kids in the future or just to tell their tale, because it’s one hell of a tale to tell.  This blog is a little of all that for me – but mostly just to bring a little of the sparkle and goodness that I am lucky enough to have into your lives too. It’s not much, it’s certainly not changing the world, but I do know it brings me so much joy, and from all your comments and emails, it perhaps brings a little joy to your world too. So that’s something. Silly and as small as it is, it’s something.

So to you 2011, thank you for all of the wonderful things you brought to us. From where I am sitting, you looked pretty good to me.

And to 2012, I can’t wait to see what you have planned for us all.

And to all of you, out there, Happy New Year! I can’t wait to see each and every one of you when I open my laptop each day. I hope the new year is filled with happiness, patience, sleep, joy, frivolous purchases just because, French champagne, fulfilling careers, acceptance, delicious meals, forgiveness, a flowering garden, non judgement, love, lots of love and a whole lot of fun in between.

See you on the flip side.



  1. Oh Beth, love every post … And every purchase 😉 x

  2. Oh lady, that post brought a tear to my eye. Love you, love your life, love your blog, love your friendship.

    *raises a glass of French bubbly stuff* It’s been real 2011, here’s to 2012 xxxooo

  3. Love. Out.

  4. Cannot wait to come and play at MacWorld in a few weeks! Happy new year Love the Woogs xx

  5. Happy New Year Beth. Love and joy and a rocking 2012!

  6. What an honest and beautiful reflection. Your positivity and gratitude is infectious Beth.

    Here’s hoping more of all of that for you in 2012. Best wishes to you and yours.

    Peggy xo

  7. Great post, Beth. I have love love loved coming here every couple of days to read your amazing posts / watch your hilarious vlogs.

    Here’s to 2012 and all the shiny floors and lamps that it may bring xxx

  8. I just had to go back to read that post again…and to go back for another giggle at the hilarious ‘bridesmaids do blue-steal’ photo.

    I’ll probably have another read and giggle later on – you make me smile Beth. I hope you’re 2012 is full of them (smiles) too xo

  9. Very sweet and from the heart! Happy new year salud, cheers, lahaiem, and all the best for 2012! Xx

  10. Where the hell is a link to the post where you host a wedding at your home? and look like the most sexy smooching bridesmaid in the bunch?

    holy hell- i’ve missed so much!


    costal champagnes on the cards?

  11. Thanks Beth for sharing your bits of life with us, I think like yoy my blog is a mix of all that is happening at the time.
    Cheers to 2012 :0

  12. Oh my god.

    What is WRONG with me?!

    Why do I have happy tears filling up in my eyes?!

    … oh that’s right. Because you write/share/photograph/purchase & then share so beautifully!

    And you make us feel welcome in your bloggy abode.

    I hope 2012 is your family’s best year yet.

    So much love xox

  13. Love all of your posts, so glad I found your blog. That 2012 may bring you and your family all that you wish for and more,
    x from the other side of the world
    ilona from Amsterdam

  14. Sigh. Photos are a dream and I love all you share! Mega big thanks! Happy New Year – have a fabulous New Years Eve (photos are good!) and all the best for a wonderful 2012!

  15. Beth i love visiting your blog, its such a happy little place & you always make me smile. I hope 2012 is a great year for you & your family Xx

  16. What a beautiful post! Can’t wait to soak in 2012. Happy new year!

  17. Hi there, love your Blog! Em said I had to come here and im so glad she did! Such fun 🙂 Happy New Year!! Mel x

  18. Things that I love about this blog: gorgeous, happy family, stunning pics, superb writing, and interesting, engaging topics and/or subjects. I am looking forward to a whole new year of BabyMac. Thanks for taking the time to share your life with us.

  19. Thank you, Beth.
    It has been a pleasure, a privilege and a piss myself laughing to virtually ‘share’ your year.
    Happy 2012 gorgeous one.
    🙂 x

  20. I cannot believe how much Harper’s grown up this year – goodness – she’s no longer a baby! Beautiful photos, beautiful life, beautiful you – thank you for sharing xx

  21. love it all. happy new year to you and your super gorgeous family. xx

  22. A ripper post, Beth. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing this bloggy caper with you in 2011. Here’s to a corker of a New Year! J x

  23. Best recap episode EVER! I’m putting it out there :o)
    LOVE your chosen photos to sum up the year. What a great year! Happy New Year lady, to you and yours xoxo

  24. Gawd, what would I do without babymac????????? You’ve given me the most giggle in blogland this year…wooo hooooo Happy New Year xx

  25. Happy New Year Macs, love Posie

  26. Looks like you had a tremendous and joyful year! Looking forward to catching up with your 2012 as it happens x

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