Saturday 2 January 2016

WELCOME TO 2016!!!!!!!!!

Happy New Year

to my dearest family members in both Australia and France
to all my wonderful bloggy friends across the world! 

For the first time in the 45 years that we've been married
we spent a very quiet
New Years Eve
just the two of us - together!

We enjoyed a seafood dinner out and 
returned home to watch the
Edinburgh Tattoo on TV!
We didn't even make it until midnight - unbelievable!

We are usually boating in the Bay of Islands
which I'm sure will be the case this year
as our boat will be back in the water!

These photos of the spectacular fireworks display on
Auckland harbour and the Sky Tower
are courtesy of the New Zealand Herald.

Wishing you all a wonderful year in 2016
with many grand adventures!

And as we go about our day to day lives
lets pray for those families living in
war torn countries.
They all deserve a better chance in life.

Take care dear friends and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt



  1. Happy New Year dear Shane!
    We didn't stay up either.

  2. Bonjour mon cher ami heureuse nouvelle année à vous et à votre famille .

    After sending messages on my new ipad, wishing all our family and friends a happy new year and good health for 2016 Mr France and I also spent a quiet evening at home, Now I'm catching up on my blog friends so here's my best wishes to you and your family for 2016.
    Take care and I look forward to another year of shared friendship with you .

  3. Wishing you a wonderful year in 2016, dear Shane. You pictures are brilliant, and your NY evening sounds just perfect to me :) xx

  4. Hello, lovely captures of the New Year's Fireworks. My hubby and I had a quiet evening too.

    I wish you and your family all the best in 2016, a happy Healthy New Year!

  5. Wishing you a Happy and Healthy new year Shane!!
    Julie xo

  6. Hello dear Shane, A most Happy New Year to you and yours, I hope it will be both healthy and happy.
    Warm hugs from Dorthe

  7. A Blessed and Happy New Year to you and yours, Shane! I love the Winnie the Pooh graphic. Every day is an adeventure, but we certainly understand that more at the beginning of a New Year.

  8. Happy New year to you and yours Shane! My hubby and I chose not to go out -either for dinner or to a friend's party. We stayed up , watched the Thin Man movies on tv and toasted with champagne at midnight. It was really nice not to have to dress up. And I stayed in my slippers:):)

  9. Wishing you and your family a Very Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!

  10. Dear Shane just stopped by to wish you a very Happy New Year. It is hard to believe 2016 has already arrived. Take care and have a blessed day.

  11. Your photos are great. I too had a relaxing New Years Eve and New Years day. May you have a blessed day and a wonderful New Year. Madeline

  12. Dearest Shane, may the New Year bring you and yours just things to be glad for, may it be flled with Health, Love, Joy and dreams to make come true !
    Sending sweet hugs

  13. Happy New Year! I hope that it is a very grand adventure for you! xx

  14. Such beautiful fireworks! We, too, stayed home, and enjoyed a quiet fire, a book for me, football for my husband.
    I love the Winnie the Pooh quote; so nice to think of embarking on an adventure here in 2016. Have a wonderful one, Shane, and I look forward to visiting you often this year.
    And yes, there are so many in this world that need our prayers.

  15. Your quiet evening on the 31st sounds perfect Shane, and a romantic one at that. We too were in bed long before midnight and had a feast of seafood at home.
    Wishing you all the best in whatever 2016 has in store for you.

  16. Happy New Year, Shane! We were at home, but we stayed up to see the new year in. Boating on this festive occasion sounds like a wonderful idea - in the southern hemisphere. Bonne Année, mon amie!

  17. We spent a quiet New Year's Eve, but had a lovely day with as many of our family that could come to our home. Now our guests have left I have the opportunity to send greetings to blog friends. Wishing you a good New Year dear Shane.

  18. Happy New Year to you dear Shane. Cheers to new beginnings and journeys. xx

  19. Happy New Year Shane. Hope all your dreams come true :) Shirley

  20. What a beautiful post! One of my goals for the next few years is to visit New Zealand. Wishes for a very happy and healthy 2016!

  21. Takk for koselige ord inne hos meg :)
    Ønsker deg et riktig Godt Nyttår :)

    Klemmer fra Monica

  22. Happy New Year Shane. Wishing you the best in 2016.

  23. Dearest Shane,
    Wishing you all the very best for 2016 and hope your daughter's move will happen!
    Just trying now to catch up on blog reading as I was down for over a week with a bad flu. Things are much better now.

  24. Very happy wishes to you Shane for a wonderful 2016 - happy, healthy AND filled with creativity! Beautiful photos in this post.

  25. Happy New Year to you Shane! The photos of the fireworks in Aukland are beautiful to see. We had a quiet NYE too, stayed home played a game and watched a movie. We even managed to ring in the new year! I wish you a wonderful 2016! xx Pamela

  26. Dear Shane - Bob and I send special wishes to you and yours for this new year. May all your dreams come true - stay healthy, travel often!
    Love the photos from Auckland - along with Sydney you great people 'down under' always seem to capture the best fireworks displays for each new year. We have to get there sooner rather than later to see one of them at least. . . . . . but how would we choose, it would be difficult!!!!

    Love and hugs - Mary

  27. Now ThAT's a spectacular celebration! Happy new Year!



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