Wednesday 6 January 2016

Reflecting on the year that was...

We travelled down country to visit my 96y old Aunt.
Passing Mt Ruapehu on the Central Plateau and
Lake Taupo.

I made Miss Maggie Rabbit for Miss Jessie's 3rd birthday!

Sunshine on my kitchen window sill, a visit to the
countryside to see our son and sweet Snowball in the garden.

A card from my bloggy friend Joanna, Anzac Day and
Magazines from my Swap partner Deborah.

A visit to Nancy Steen Rose Garden to meet another bloggy friend
Patricia who gave me a gorgeous red wooden bird necklace.

Off on the huge Emirates bird to Ireland and France! 

Blarney Castle - yes we managed to kiss the stone!

The ancient village of Nemours.

My three granddaughters out walking. The school fair and Jessie
always skipping or running!


My visit to the Laduree shop in Paris - delicious!

Horrific bombings in Paris.

Christmas in Australia with our son.

I wonder what's ahead for all of us this year?

Take care dear friends and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt



  1. What wonderful trips you made! Happy New year sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

  2. Fun to catch a glimpse of your year. Your granddaughters are so pretty. I had no idea that your son lived in Australia. A little closer than France for sure. This will be another wonderful year full of adventures I am sure.

  3. A great recap of your year, Shane. Your travels to see family were probably the best part for you. I hope you enjoy many similar travels this next year.

  4. Dear Shane:
    Your recap is amazing. What a great selection of photos and reflections!

  5. Hello, my sweet friend! How have you been, dear Shane? I have thought of you so often over the last month :)

    2015 looks like it was simply deightful and I truly hope 2016 is the same way. I am looking forward to following you and your blog this year - you are such a precious joy. Love and hugs to you!

  6. Dear Shane,
    what a wonderful look back!
    Wishing you a wonderful,lovely, happy, lucky, peaceful and happy New Year!
    Love and hugs,
    Claudia xo

  7. Hello dear Shane, such a lovely recap of your year in photos. I have just taken my Miss Maggie RAbbit pattern out to begin. Gosh didnt the year pass by in the blink of an eye. Your beautiful grandaughters are growing up so fast. Have a wonderful year ahead my friend x0x0x0

  8. Dear Shane, what a lovely review of 2015, and thank you for mentioning the Red Cardinal in your May memories. The pictures of Ireland look enticing - we are looking forward to the wedding over there in September. All best wishes to you for a great 2016. xox

  9. Dear Shane - what a lovely roundup of your year - may 2016 bring you many more interesting travels and happy times with those you love.

  10. Dear Shane, Thank you for sharing a recap of your year capturing your creative interests, memories of places you've visited, times spent with your precious family and events that have touched your heart. May you and your family experience a very peaceful 2016.

  11. Shane, you really put together a lovely recap of 2015 post here - a lot of work I know, but well worth it in the memories department! Your travels, like my own, took you to some lovely places - how fortunate we both were last year to see them, and our faraway families. This year, who knows - we are starting trip planning this week. Not as many places as past years perhaps but at this point who knows just what might pop up unexpectedly!! Never say never.

    Happy New Year again Shane - and thanks so much for the beautiful card. May you and R have a great year ahead, whether boating locally or traveling back to France perhaps!

    Love from us - still looking for an affordable cruise to the southern hemisphere!
    Mary x

  12. You had a wonderful fun filled 2015. I hope this year will be as good for you. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  13. Lovely view back from your life, dear Shane, almost all happy moments, to embrace ,except for the horrid bombing, you have happy and light filled memories of your year. Lets hope it will be the same this year, for you and everyone else !! xx

  14. I love look-back posts and yours are especially fun because the photos are so wonderful (especially the macarons and those adorable grandies of yours!)

  15. I wish you all the best for 2016. Groetjes,

  16. What fun to reminisce! You had a great year and I look forward to following along this year! Happy 2016!

  17. Enjoyed the recap of your 2015 - Thanks for sharing.

  18. A Happy, Healthy and Sparkling New Year to you Shane! I hope 2016 will be as good as 2015 looks on your photo's.

    I enjoyed your comment on my blog too. If you ever visit Rotterdam. Please let me know. We can have tea in my garden.

    Happy week!

    Madelief x

  19. Happy Happy New Year to you dear Shane ♥
    I can hardly believe that 2015 is already history.
    Your pictorial look back is lovely and touching and more.
    May 2016 be everything you hope for and more.

  20. Dearest Shane, I was so excited to see you had stopped by to visit my blog.
    Where has the time gone? I wish you much more happiness in this new year.

    Your past year was so amazing. I love this post. The saddest day was November 13th, we all agree. It haunts me to this day.

    Blessings to you and your lovely family. xxxx Rhonda

  21. Dearest Shane,
    What a great overview of your year!
    Lovely photos and also lovely events, except the one in Paris of course.
    Let's hope that 2016 will move your sweet grandchildren and daughter closer to you!
    Sending you hugs and blessings,

  22. Thank you for the look back - of course I saw all those pictures the first time around, but it's nice to see them once again, especially your sweet little grandbabies.

  23. Dear Shane,

    I loved seeing your photos from 2015 and you have had a busy and fun year with all your travels to see your dear family.
    Happy New Year and best wishes for good health, happiness and prosperity for 2016.
    Appreciate your kind visit to my blog and the note you left, thanks for your friendship and look forward to more this year.

  24. Many good things and happy memories! I hope that 2016 will have many good things too! xx

  25. Dear Shane,

    wish you a wonder- and peaceful 2016. Peace on earth is an essential wish, especially for the people in Syria and the middle east. Let us pray for them.
    All the best for you and your family in France, love to visit your blog from the other side of the world.

    Luv Babs



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