Thanks for a great year!

It might come as no surprise to you to find that my most popular posts this year were my walks.  Along the shore came out marginally ahead, and I only have to look at the blue sky and shimmering sea to want to be transported back there myself.

Could anywhere be more different from the Algarve than Fountains Abbey, in Yorkshire?  But I did have a blue sky day, again.  And it WAS beautiful!

But I was delighted that my personal favourite was popular too.  The Village of Giverny was very special to me because I spent my Silver Wedding anniversary there. (with a certain other someone too, of course!)  I’d wanted to visit for many years, and it totally did not disappoint.

Isn't this perfection?

Isn’t this perfection?

Monet’s garden at Giverny was one of the most enchanting places I have ever been.  How about you?  What was the highlight of your year?

I don’t have much of a plan in place for next year, but I’m pretty sure that I’ll still be out and about walking.  And you are all more than welcome to join me.  We’ll stop and have a cuppa and a chat somewhere, won’t we?

I really just wanted to thank you all for making this such a happy year of blogging for me.  I look at the world differently when I know that I’m going to be sharing it with you.  Wishing you all a New Year full of love and kindness.


  1. I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts Jo and joining in on your walks too! Your posts are delightful to read and I love all the many and wonderful photos you take to illustrate along the way! Thanks also very much for visiting my blog and taking the time to like and comment on my posts I really appreciate it 🙂 I am doing an Australian Bushwalk in Perth Zoo this week so thought it might make a good contribution for your Monday Walk. I hope you had a lovely New Year’s Eve and very best wishes for 2015 – I look forward to reading more of your great posts this coming year! 🙂


      1. Thanks Jo for your good wishes 🙂 I’ll send you the link to the zoo walk when it’s published tomorrow 🙂 2014 was very busy and lots planned for 2015! Hope it’s a happy year for you and your family too!

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      2. Hi Jo have published the Perth Zoo Bushwalk post and sent you the link on your Monday Walk page. The first one for some reason didn’t work but the second link I sent (the Shortlink) did so please can you use that one thanks so much! Look forward to reading more of your Monday Walks in 2015! 🙂


  2. Sat here very mellow having toasted the NY in already Jo as we are with friends in Spain … I see it’s barely half an hour before the Big Ben bongs … enjoy … and thanks for all the lovely walks in places I’ve yet to discover for myself . It was certainly a fabulous idea you had … what’s in store for 2015 I wonder . PLENTY knowing you 😉 ….So now all the best to you and yours Jo – have a good one xxx


    1. Oh, cheating! I watched the Sydney fireworks on video. Does that count? I spent the day at Whitby with fish n chips etc. Now watching Jools Holland and waiting for more fireworks. Bless you, Poppy- New Year hugs! 🙂

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  3. Happy New Year to you Jo – so glad to see that your blog responses have given you a year-end smile. Looks to me like you have MUCH to smile about my friend! You’ve closed wtih one of my favorite places in the world although I haven’t been there in many years. Perhaps time for a revisit! All the best to you and yours; look forward to seeing more of you in next year’s blogosphere!


  4. Your walks are always delightful, Jo. Thank you so very much for sharing wonderful adventures, great photos and inspiring thoughts! I wish you all the best for 2015. Happy New Year! Hugs 🙂


  5. Your walks are always a real treat, Jo, and they must keep you so fit and healthy. I wish I could burn off the calories whilst I’m reading your posts. Have a wonderful New Year celebration and all the best in 2015. 🙂 *hugs* xx


    1. Thanks, Ad 🙂 I’ve been out all day and am cosied up now for the evening but I shall enjoy the fireworks (and a glass or two). Your company, even from an armchair, has been much appreciated. Enjoy your evening! 🙂

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  6. Very nice meeting you this year. I enjoy following you on your walks. What I remember most are the graffiti arts and the lighthouse amongst your posts. Happy New Year, Jo!


    1. I’m on a guilt trip because I haven’t mentioned Poland, Rommel! It seems so long ago. Amazing what we can do in a year, isn’t it? Very best wishes for 2015! 🙂 🙂


  7. Oh lovely as ever, Jo. You did all the hard walks, scary climbs and blew about in the windy weather, and all I had to do was visualize myself in those gorgeous photo fantasies. I would be hard-pressed to choose between beaches and flower gardens. Just keep ’em coming ☺️

    Those wooden posts in the sand in first photos look like large, slightly disheveled mushrooms !! Very Alice in Wonderland-ish!

    Happy New Year and thanks for so many treats this past year.


    1. The ‘Anchor Graveyard’ in those first photos is a superb place for a photo shoot, Sammy. They’re rusty and beautiful. Thanks a lot for all your appreciation. It’s been a pleasure to have your company 🙂 Happy 2015!

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  8. Happy New Year my friend and belated Merry Christmas. A beautiful , great year indeed with so many blessing to be thankful for. Wishing you and your family a brand new year full of wonderful things to come and celebrate everyday.


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