30 December

From the parking structure at the train stop

I can see out over the Atlantic to the rather tiny almost an island where I live

sometimes there is a ship or two sailing past on the horizon

on their way into Boston....just like me.

the Sweet shop

around the corner from Beacon Hill

 all decorated like a magical faerie land for Christmas

and filled with chocolates and goodies!! 

It seems like the Advent season and Christmas flew by this year!

I put all the Christmas things away on Monday. 

I normally wait till closer to New Year's but the tree was dying fast

and I wasn't sure it would last till the end of the week.

As much as I love having all the house decorated for the season

it's always so nice to have it all cleared out and clean again.

Christmas was very special for us this year

although it was a year with some pretty heavy losses in our family

it was also a year with some pretty happy gains

Verne is at the top of that list

My mum, my daughter, Bonnie, Verne, and myself!

Some of our family members thought it would be nice to have a 

special wedding cake for Joe and I to celebrate our

wedding cake this year! 

So after we ate our Christmas dinner they surprised us with a beautiful cake!


  1. Hello, Verne is a cutie. You have a beautiful family, so glad you had a great Christmas! Love the sky scene. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend. I wish you all the best in 2017, Happy New Year!

  2. I took my tree down early too. So nice to see these few words of "deep peace" from a Gaelic blessing shared on this site. I hope all the simple and wonderful things continue for you and yours in the New Year!

  3. I love the opening shot for this post! Looks to me like you are blessed with a beautiful family. Happy New Year!!

  4. I always love when you show a view of your island and what a great family photo! That sweet shop photo is great! If the sweets are half as good as the way the shop looks they are in business! Such a special treat to see baby Verne! I wish you and your family a wonderful 2017! Thank you for linking 😊

  5. Lovely shots! Happy New Year.


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