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A Backward Glance at 2015

Another day dawns  grey and dreary with mist and rain; I find myself wishing for sunlight and blue skies, so I begin to plough through the hundreds of photographs I have taken this year.  They bring back memories as clear as a rock pool; of the garden when it was full of colour and flowers; the sun warm on my skin;  walks that I took everyday photographing everything and anything that caught my eye.  Below are just a few that capture the feeling of the seasons.  With love from me to you.













So there you have it - my year in pictures (the short version) - I'm not sure just how many pictures I took over the year - but, believe me - it was a lot.  Hope you enjoyed some of my favourites that I have included this year.

One day at a time - this is enough.  Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come.  Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering" ~ Anon.


Elaine










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  1. The year in pictures really looks wonderful. Many thanks for sharing!

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  2. What a lovely idea Elaine ..... I bet you feel sunnier now !!!!! .... beautiful photographs .... LOVE June. XXXX

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    1. Thanks Jackie. Without photographs you so easily forget what the year was like don't you. This is my favourite thing to do in December bringing back so many happy memories - I remember taking that picture in June - a walk by the canal - I thought at the time that it looked like something that Constable may have painted.

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  3. Of course, Elaine, anything English. LOL. Actually your photography is splendid and we are all lonesome for our little pretties.My favorite, daffodils. While you have mist and rain, so Jane Ayer-ish--we have what looks like to be sun and a lot of snow on the ground. It is 16 degrees F this early morning, making it very cold. I just need some beautiful red berries in the yard to photograph as you have. Have nice evening. Stay warm and dry.

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    1. Thanks Ann. There is so little in the garden at the moment that just seeing all these flower pictures makes me yearn for Spring. Here, it is very mild and bulbs are popping through already - they will get quite a shock when it does eventually turn cold.

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  4. You found beauty each month of the year. The Bleeding Hearts are a favorite of mine. Happy Holidays, Elaine.

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    1. I love the Bleeding Hearts too Barb - they always seem such a fragile plant but always come through the winter to flower again. Have a happy Christmas yourself.

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  5. What a lovely quote to end on! A good one for this time of the year! I did enjoy all of these pictures, they certainly brightened my mood. The snow and berries, the seals and that lovely sheep pix were my favourites.xxx

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    1. Thanks Dina. Oh I remember the day we saw the seals - it was such a thrill - a memory that will stay with me forever.

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  6. What a lovely selection of pictures. I especially like February, and that quote at the end of the post. And I like the video! Flighty xx

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    1. Thanks Flighty. Oh the daffodils what a joy it will be to see them again. I have used that video before I just love it.

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  7. Dear Elaine what a wonderful post. Your photos of the past twelve months was such a nice way to recap the year. Enjoyed your video at the end too. That for sure made me smile. Hope you are having a great week. Hugs!

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    1. Dear Debbie
      Thank you. That video always makes me smile too - I particularly like it as we kept sheep for many years. The week has flown by with lots to do preparing for Christmas - it seems never ending.

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  8. A splendid series of photos over 2015, I love May and June best, the Aquilegias such a great springflowers in the garden and the beauty of nature with sheep ruminant under trees, all rest and peace.
    Like the singing lambs!

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    1. Thanks Janneke. This year was pretty good for Aquilegias - I hope they make a good show next year too.

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  9. Such beauty on the shifting face of the world. I must say I love the thought of a day filled with mist and rain; we are heading towards a heatwave next week, and all of me cringes with miserable anticipation. I hope 2016 brings you more beauty of the kind you especially love.

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    1. Thank you Sarah. I think we should all look for beauty in the every day it makes the world a happier place. Sorry to hear about the forthcoming heat wave - find yourself a the shade of a tree to keep you cool - you would probably enjoy the weather we are having at the moment.

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  10. So beautiful Elaine, what a lovely calendar to look at !
    The singing lambs made me smile ...

    Enjoy your days, whatever the weather may bring.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan. I do try to enjoy every day - despite the miserable weather.

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  11. Lovely photos and memories of what looks like a beautiful year for you, thanks for sharing them:)

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  12. What a great year, and what a great way to look back on it! I hope that 2016 is wonderful for you! Happy Christmas! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy. Looking back it wasn't a bad year - I hope 2016 is a good year for you too. Happy Christmas.

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  13. Oh I did enjoy the sheep! How wonderful to see all the colour in your photographs too. I'm beginning to feel as though I inhabit a world in greyscale.

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    1. Thanks Jessica. It is lovely to see a bit of colour I agree - a bit of blue sky wouldn't go amiss at the moment.

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  14. Though I love geraniums, I don't think I've ever seen one as beautiful. Great pictures. I know I didn't take enough this year. Great way to remember.

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    1. Thanks Donna for your kind words.

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  15. Dear Elaine - you know it is always a very special treat to revel in your beautiful photographs (they often make me think about the choice of a city like Berlin over a rural scenery then I read about it instead).
    Your photos make a beautiful calendar - and though I love them all, the helleborus of March is my favourite. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you Britta - I am glad you like my calendar - it was so hard to choose my favourites from all the hundreds of photos I took over the year.

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  16. Lovely collage. Thank you for all the colour I think everyone is having grey skies at the moment aren't they? Thank goodness for Christmas in all its colour!

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    1. Thank you. Oh the grey skies - they do tend to get you down after a bit don't they. Yes, thank goodness for Christmas colour - lots of red to cheer things up a bit.

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  17. Lovely images - I bet you had difficulty choosing just one for each month. You could have your own personal calendar. Love the lamb chorus.

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    1. Thanks Sue. Yes, it took me a few hours going through them all - I could have chosen a whole different set but in the end I thought - leave it, life's too short - lol.

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  18. Wonderful photos, Elaine, and the quotation is very apt and meaningful at the end of the year.
    It's always a pleasure to visit your beautiful blog.
    Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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    1. Thank you so much Sara - wishing you the same for you and your family.

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  19. Yup! That quote sure is perfect and true and something I should listen to. Merry Christmas Elaine and a Happy New Year too ☺

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    1. Hi Jane - lovely to see you here - merry Christmas to you too.

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  20. I especially love all of the delicious color in these photos. Beautiful! There are many lively moments to reflect back on, especially if we turn to nature.

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    1. I meant "many LOVELY moments" but lively works too. lol!

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    2. We soon forget how lovely and colourful our gardens were during the preceding months - so it is nice, in the depths of winter, to look back and reflect.

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  21. As always your photos are so lovely, that was a great look back over the year. Much needed in this winter gloom. Time to sort my photos out too.
    Merry Christmas Elaine.

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    1. Thanks Annie and a merry Christmas to you too.

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  22. What a good photographer you are. Delightful, as are the singing lambs! Thank you and Happy Christmas Elaine

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    1. Thank you Freda - the lambs are really cute aren't they. Merry Christmas to you too.

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  23. I wish real life was as pretty as those photos

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    1. Real life is as pretty as those photos they were taken from real life. :)

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  24. Beautifully written, and how heartwarming to see your photos highlighted from during the year. It must have been a challenge to choose just one for each month, but the results are perfect, like thumbing through an exquisite calendar. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and look forward to continuing the enjoyment of reading your blog :) Loved the lamb video!

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  25. Thank you so much Glo. Yes it was hard to choose but it was an enjoyable task. Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas too.

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  26. Merry Christmas Elaine. Your blog has been such a bright spot for the year come rain or shine.

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    1. Merry Christmas to you too Lucille - hope you feel better soon.

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  27. Such beautiful pictures.
    Before you know it the Earth will be green again and the flowers scenting the air.
    Wishing you and yours a Happy Christmas Elaine and the best for 2016.
    Sincerely, Susan x

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    1. Thank you Susan. The winter solstice has passed, so day by day, slowly but surely, there will be a little more light in our lives and spring will be here before we know it. Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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  28. Those are a wonderful recollection of the past year. I always enjoy your words and images. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas. Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah - I had a happy time going through all the photos I had taken throughout the year. Happy Christmas to you too.

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