Monday, 5 January 2015

Beatrix Potter's Art

Wishing all my dear friends 

Happy New Year

I found this sweet 'New Year' card 
drawn by one of my favourite artists and writers
Beatrix Potter.

We had a wonderful Christmas
with my son and his partner who live in the country.
They cooked a turkey with all the trimmings!

My contribution was to make our starter
of smoked salmon with a cucumber salad 
and a trifle with all the berries...
yes raspberries, strawberries and loganberries!

Remember it is summer on my side of the world
so it was a beautifully warm day.
Many New Zealand families have now opted
to have a barbecue with salads as their Christmas meal.

However for me Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas
without the traditional fare of roast turkey
cranberry sauce and all the trimmings!

I created this collage from the images
in one of my favourite books
Beatrix Potter A Journal.

Speaking of rabbits
Suzy of Rustic Vintage Country
is having a delightful rabbit
Giveaway here

I'm joining Karen of My Little Home and Garden
it's so nice to be joining you for Season 4 Karen - thank you!
Judith of Lavender Cottage
Mosaic Monday
Stephanie of The Enchanting Rose
Roses of Inspiration
a new weekly party each Tuesday.
Do come over and join us!

I've enjoyed a break and had a much needed rest.
Today was my first day back at work -
so here we go again!
I'm looking forward to catching up with you all.

Take care and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt



  1. Happy New Year to you Shane. Your Christmas sounds wonderful. We would probably opt for the BBQ if we lived where it is Summer during December.

    You sure hit a soft spot with me in sharing the art of Beatrix Potter. She is one of my favorites. Love her and her art.

  2. A family Christmas is always comforting especially with a traditional meal. Although this year spending Christmas in Denmark with our son & his family it was a little different, but delicious. For me I don't really mind what we eat, it's just all being together, that's the cherry on the top. What a lovely collage you made , Beatrice Potter pictures are so lovely. Happy New Year to You

  3. Such lovely pictures, Shane!
    Wishing you and your family all the best for the new year 2015!

  4. What a sweet post, Shane. Like many of our generation I was raised on Beatrix Potter and adore her illustrations. The other day I stumbled upon the movie on TV, the one with Renee Zelweiger as Beatrix, where the drawings animate. So lovely and a beautiful collage and New Year card. Happy New Year to you too my friend across the Tasman. xxx

  5. I wish you a beautiful new year full of light, love and inspiration!

    Beatrix Potter transports me back to my happy childhood each and every time!

    Warmest wishes from France,


  6. I too love Beatrix potter and have the same book. And quite a collection of her children's books. I'm glad you had a refreshing break. Wishing you all the best in the new year.

  7. Lovely post, Shane. I adore Beatrix Potter. Happy New Year.

  8. I love Beatrix Potter, so charming, and Mrs. Tiggywinkle is one of my favorites.
    Happy New Year to you, too!

  9. I love Beatrix Potter's art and stories. They are so charming! I recently passed my large set of wee B.P. books on to a daughter.

  10. The Beatrix Potter artwork is lovely!

  11. Beatrix Potter has definitely withstood the test of time - her drawings are so sweet. Happy new year to you!

  12. How lovely to hear you had a wonderful break.
    Happy New Year dear Shane!

  13. Hello Shane, I always enjoy a Christmas dinner of turkey and the trimmings.. Your Beatrice Potter images are pretty, lovely mosaic! Happy New year to you and your family!

  14. First of all, I love Potter's art and so this post is just my cup of tea! I'm especially entranced by the more sepia images. I'm more used to her pastel drawings.

    And your holiday sounds wonderful -- and delicious! It's snowing here. I wouldn't mind a few minutes of down under today!

    Happy New Year, Shane!

  15. Happy New Year, Shane.
    Make it memorable and absolutely wonderful.
    I love Beatrix Potter very much. I even have items stored for when-I-have-grand-kids ahahah
    And it's a wonderful sight to start the year with as it inspires beauty, calm, warmth.
    Take Care,

  16. Happy New Year Shane. I recall very hot Christmases in Sydney!

  17. Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Suzy x

  18. Hello Shane , and a Happy Net Year to you, too.
    Your dinner sounds wonderful, -and I`m also very traditionel about me christmas dinner!!
    I have the same book as you show here, and love the tellings and pictures, -such a lovely book.
    All the best for 2015 to you.

  19. Oh,Shane, what a wonderful post! I love Beatrix Pooter and her figures! I have two old little books to, in english language and I love them so!
    Your postcards are georgeou, also the poem!
    Thank yo for sharing and a Happy, lucke and helthy New Year to you, my dear friend!
    Love and hugs and Blessings,
    Claudia xo

  20. Happy New Year Shane...your feast sounds wonderful as does the barbeque. Beatrix is my favorite too and I loved your collages.

  21. Glad you are back to posting. Sounds like you had a good Christmas. Hope this new year brings you much happiness and good health. Love the collage you made, great pictures. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  22. Thank you for bringing some of New Zealand's warmth to ☀Sunlit Sunday, Shane. It's always a treat to hear from someone in the Southern Hemisphere. Your Christmas dinner sounds delicious; I like the sound of the trifle with all of those seasonal berries!


  23. Hello sweet Shane and Happy New Year! It is so nice to visit your blog and read your delightful post :)

    Hugs and blessings to you!

  24. Your Christmas dinner sounds delightful - especially the trifle with fresh berries. Yum!
    Beatrix Potter's books are favorites of mine - her illustrations are so charming and detailed.
    I hope you have a good week getting back into the swing of things at work.
    Bonne semaine!

  25. Lovely artwork indeed. Yesterday was my first day back at school after 2 weeks off. Boo! I much prefer staying home and that's just what I'll be doing come June. Yay! Have a great week. Tammy

  26. Shane, I wish you a very Happy New Year! This post was so lovely, I'm really fond of the Beatrix Potter cards, beautiful!

  27. Shane, these are sweet images from Beatrix Potter's books. I love her artwork of all the little animals. It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday and are all set for work again. Have a blessed week. Pam

  28. BP drawings are the most adorable things to look at, and the collage from the book you created is nice.
    Glad you had a restful break and a traditional turkey dinner.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Shane.
    All the best to you in 2015!

  29. Dear Shane, these paintings are classics. I have a little breakfast plate up stairs from my youngest daughter. It reminds me to give it to her now she lives on her own. Enjoy the summer, here we have grey weather most of the days. Groetjes, Hetty

  30. Happy New Year Shane. Just love the Beatrix Potter new Year card. (and her other drawings..

  31. Hello,Shane

    Wish you and your family the best for 2015!


  32. Thank you Shane and I wish you every good thing for 2015. The Beatrix Potter photos you've posted are just delightful!
    Suzy xo

  33. Happy New Year Shane! I love your Beatrix Potter cards. And those bunnies are so cute!

  34. A happy New Year I wish you. I would miss the cold winter at christmas though the turkey would help.

  35. Hi Shane, your Christmas sounds like it was so nice. Wishing you a Happy New Year for 2015. Enjoy your first week of the new year.
    Hugs, Julie

  36. Dearest Shane,
    Glad you had a lovely Christmas with part of the family near you!
    Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.
    Beatrix Potter is always lovely.

  37. I have that Beatrix Potter scrapbook book, it is wonderful isn't it. I love surprise hidden book too. I love her work and am collecting the 100th anniversary editions of her little books as they are published. Anwyay, I digress! Glad that you had a great Christmas and I hope that your New Year was great as well. I hope that 2015 brings only good things to you and yours. xx

  38. Hi I just visited from Stephanie's Roses of Inspiration linky party and love what you do!
    Just became a follower!
    Best wishes

  39. Happy New Year, Shane! Beatrix Potter is a favorite of mine, too. I just bought a Calendar with her illustrations for the New Year. Love your card and collage <3. Your Christmas dinner sounds wonderful and so nice to spend it with loved ones. Wishing you a lovely beginning to the year. Hugs xo Karen

  40. I love Beatrix Potter's artwork! I just watched "Miss Potter" last night and loved how they animated her creations as part of the movie. Happy New Year.

  41. Nice blog, i saw you thrue The enchanting rose, will be visiting soon..blessings

  42. That christmas dinner sounds so tasteful. And it is little difficult to imagine that you have summer, even though i know it.
    Wish you all the best for 2015

  43. I love Beatrix Potter's books, too, Shane!
    It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas. May this New Year be a wonderful one for you and your family. Hugs across the miles!

  44. Happy New Year,dear Shane. Hope your Burlap sack arrived???
    Hugs and love,

  45. So love Beatrix Potter and actually collect her books for my grandchildren.. Sharing with the Enchanted Rose and am now following your lovely blog.. God bless..



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