New Year

Opening the door to a New Year.

What awaits on the other side?


(Dorchester Abbey)

Life is somewhat of a mystery for we never know completely what a new year will bring.

We plan and strive for joyous occasions, successes and achievements.

We hope for love and happiness and for health and wealth and all things good.

We seek for what is best and yet those surprises in life, both good and bad come upon us.

It's what makes life both exciting and challenging –

To enjoy the good to the full, and to survive the difficult.

For life is always a mix of the two……

This past week I stood in the stunning Dorchester Abbey near Oxford and looked up at the magnificent stained glass windows that had been painstakingly made by artists and craftsmen hundreds of years ago.

Their work was both beautiful and inspirational.


Standing in the empty Abbey and thinking about the new year and what it would hold, a little poem came to mind.

The Year

What can be said in New Year rhymes,

That's not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,

We know we dream, we dream we know.

We rise up laughing with the light,

We lie down weeping with the night.

We hug the world until it stings,

We curse it then and sigh for wings.

We live, we love, we woo, we wed,

We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead.

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,

And that's the burden of the  year.

(Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1910)

On a bright and cheery note,

what joyous and wonderful things do I have planned for the new year?

Well the list is immense I must say –

 * There's our new Carolyn de la Drapiere studio for starters which still needs lots of work doing on it, along with all sorts of exciting plans taking shape for the expansion of the business – enough work to keep me occupied for years!

* And a wonderful, much looked forward to holiday, with my sister and her family whom I haven't seen for years, in Tuscany early next year. I am so excited as it will be a family reunion with quite a big group of us all together.

* Lots and lots of outings, events and fun planned with dear friends, for they help keep the laughter and spark in life alive.

Let's hope that 2011 is a bright, fulfilling year for all of us and that all the great things that life can bring outweigh those things that aren't so good. Optimism, cheerfulness and courage are needed. Focus on the positive and laugh your way through a happy year!



P.S.  Spotted in an antique shop in Henley this week, an 1870's Singer sewing machine.

Can only say I am relieved we are not having to use such machines these days!


P.S.S…… whilst writing this blog I have been listening to some of my favourite music by Marcello, which is very wistful and dreamy. Nothing like a little oboe to  calm the soul and nod off with. By accident found this rather  romantic, if not a little soppy  'You Tube'  clip of the very piece of music. For all you romantics out there, thought you may enjoy it as well. Click on the link below.

Marcello oboe concerto

Not only is the music dreamy,  but the costumes divine.

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