Saturday, 31 December 2011

Out with the old....

...thank goodness.

As many of you have done, and very entertainingly too, I was going to review my past year for this post, but the very thought of trawling through the various events, photographs, memories and emotions was so onerous and off-putting that I thought I would sum it up with one cliched image:


As someone who really isn't fond of thrills, spills and sky-high blood pressure through being catapulted violently from one emotional state to another, and run off my feet with so much to do whilst trying to keep a grip - for months! - saying goodbye to 2011 is very welcome. I am very happy to step off this hideous hurtling contraption that  symbolises so aptly the changeover process of house and location, and all that went before and since, and to walk calmly into 2012.

It's been quite a year, eventful, decisive, disappointing, upsetting, exhilarating, scary and thrilling, all overlaid with a clinging blanket of exhaustion, but it's over, just about, and I intend never to repeat it with such intensity. Never, ever again will I step willingly onto a rollercoaster, if I can help it.

I'm home; I will settle peacefully into my new environment, care for my little family of dogs and cats, tend my garden, and just 'be' in my cottage, creating as tranquil and simple a life as I can, and be content.

Thank you for coming along with me on this year-long (two-year-long, really) voyage-cum-rollercoaster ride, and for supporting, encouraging, empathising and sharing it with me.

I wish you a very Happy New Year, and exactly the kind of 2012 you want for yourselves.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Rachel, and the same to you. Here's for a happy and peaceful 2012.

Jan x

Sue said...

Happy new year to you all! May 2012 be tranquil and filled with content.

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Very best wishes to you and your special family for 2012, may it be filled with happy days.

BumbleVee said...

Here's to a healthy and happy one for us all.....

jabblog said...

Beautifully expressed - and thank you:-)

Rattling On said...

How thrilling, the new laptop seems to be letting me make comments... Have a wonderful New Year!

love those cupcakes said...

And a happy New Year to you, too.

Dragonfly Dreams said...

Have a blessed New Year, Rachel. You are home.

the veg artist said...

You're welcome. You've made your plans, sufered the thwarting of them, re-assessed and ploughed on with humour and determination. You deserve your tranquil and simple life, although I'm sure the tribe will still keep you on your toes!
Happy 2012 everyone!

Hazel said...

Have a good one, Rachel!

Lyn said...

And a Happy and Peaceful 2012 to you
xxx

Dartford Warbler said...

Hoping that 2012 will be a peaceful and contented one for you Rachel, after the upheavals of moving. Happy New Year!

alice c said...

I wish tranquility for you but I must admit that I have loved reading all about your house move. Thank you so much for sharing all the details and also for letting us enjoy your renovations from a safe distance. Enjoy your Somerset winter because it won't be long before the primroses start opening in the hedgerows.

Val + the Girls- BK +CK said...

Happy New Year :0)

dinahmow said...

Yes, it *has* been a roller coaster of a year!
I've enjoyed/suffered/cheered from afar as you've taken your ride.
Here's to an entertaining,less scary "ride" in 2012.

Arthur Ransome said...

Love those sands of time!

MTVA said...

Happy 2012! It's a joy to come here and read your wonderful writing and enjoy the lovely pictures and tales of the furry ones!

flwrjane said...

Happy Ne year Rachel.

Whew.

I know how we edit our lives to show just enough of the craziness to keep others amused and in the know but not so much info to send them screaming off into the night.

You have done it perfectly. And I can only imagine the stress we will never know about.

But it seems it was all worth it.

It sure was worth reading about.

Happy New Year Rachel. Now in with the new!

xo jane

judy in ky said...

Have a happy, healthy and tranquil 2012 in your lovely home. I am constantly amazed by the things you accomplish, and I love seeing the exploits of your furry companions. Thank you for your charming blog.

Toffeeapple said...

Happy New Year to you! I do hope that things become much calmer for you this year.

Marcheline said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!! 8-)

elizabethm said...

I love the picture of the sea and the sand! Happy New Year. I am sure that 2012 will bring you more peace in your new house. It has been quite a ride coming along with you in 2011!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

You've achieved so much this year and now you can reap the rewards !
I hope 2012 is full of lovely discoveries , new friendships and adventures ( of the non-builderly kind ) and that you enjoy every minute ..

Anne said...

Have a wonderful, peaceful New Year!

Isabelle said...

And a very happy 2012 to you too. Back to slow lane life?

Karen said...

I'm looking forward to more adventures with you and your gang in 2012! Happy New Year to all.

Anna at the Doll House said...

Thank you. I have really enjoyed following your never slow lane, life. I hope everything will fall into place in 2012 and it becomes a momentously perfect year.

Anna

Bee said...

My year has felt like plummeting down a steep slide, but I share with you the relief at saying good-bye to 2011 and hello to 2012. To tranquil times ahead! x

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