Saturday, January 02, 2010

points of light


honesty seed pods in my garden

I've never made New Year resolutions.
January 1st has never had all that much significance for me really.

However - I find myself thinking much more, lately, about turning points, milestones etc. Maybe awareness of distance travelled makes one more sensitive to sign posts and measurements along the way?

Which is probably just another way of saying that getting older makes one more aware of getting older....
pffft.

And looking back on a decade which has been rather dark for me and mine, my key resolutions for the future reflect some of the points of light from the darkest of those years and days.




And they are all to do with relationships - family, friendship, love - and the beauty of life and taking the time to live it.

So these are the things I look forward to as the next decade begins. I have high hopes.



my street in South London


Happy New Year to all of you, and may 2010 be filled with multiple points of light, even - especially - in the everyday and in the dark.

27 comments:

Akelamalu said...

Happy New Year to you Lettuce, I hope all your hopes are realised. x

Eclectic Pink Rose said...

Happy New Year, I just found your blog and enjoy it very much. Beautiful post!!
♥ Teresa

subby said...

May your new year have a much brighter side, yes? I think I'll just delete all of the past year. Not enough light in the universe to brighten that up, wot?

Love the snap, btw. Looks like someone left their window open, heh, heh...

Harnett-Hargrove said...

You certainly know how to wrap it up. Happy and blessed new year-J

SueG said...

Such a lovely and important post. Thank you, and wishing you all the best in the new year.

Barbara said...

I'm wishing you such a bright future that you have to put on sunglasses!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

happy 2010....wishing you and yours a bright new decade! namaste!

Jasmine said...

Happy New Year to you Sally!

Resolutions always feel doomed to me and rater pointless as they are usually restrictive, involving some form of derivation ad abstinence and often involve unrealistic weight loss regimes and health drives. So I don't make any.

This year, I am laying down positive, flexible objectives which will be a pleasure to fulfill.

Your pictures are beautiful, I love honesty.

ArtSparker said...

I love the car snouts. Lots of turnings to come, that's for sure.

e said...

I wish you a wonderful decade ahead and a great 2010. This is a lovely post.

Giulia said...

Brava, Mme. Letty.

Thanks for everything this year, including Made4Aid. The flower tablecloth is in Darfur & I await photos. I gave up the Neapolitan ice cream scarf as a gift. I'm keeping the string bag (until someone says one more time, 'oh I love it..'-I think she's figured out that she'll get it then).

I hope to be in London before 2010 ends...perhaps we'll meet up.

Cheers,

Susan & GG

Stephanie said...

Loved the photos - chinese lanterns, right? I'm not much for resolutions either but your photos inspire me to break out my camera and shoot more photos.

Happy New Year.

Baino said...

Sal, always important to remember the points of light. It's hard sometimes and I'm dreadful at dwelling on the negative. Definitely having high hopes for the next year at least, one step at a time. Lovely photographs, I love how you make the ordinary look extraordinary. Happy New year and look on the bright side!

Ronda Laveen said...

Those photos perfectly illustrate your points of light. BEAUTIFUL. And that bottom one has so much ambiance. The best to you in 2010.

lettuce said...

Hi Lamalu - thanks, and same to you too.

Hello EPR - HNY, and thanks

Subby - delete and fast forward. well, maybe not too fast...

and to you Jayne
and SueG

and Barbara - ta! we've been listening to that song, only yesterday

namaste mouse! may brightness abound

Jasmine, thats pretty much how I feel about resolutions. The honesty did particularly well last year, it is lovely

ArtSparker. Snouts! yes!

and for you too, e - thanks.

Would love to meet you in London Susan, keep me informed!!

Stephanie, do - go out and shoot! Its honesty (Lunaria) (just googled to find that out) rather than chinese lantern (physalis) - I've tried but failed to grow the latter.

It is hard Hells, but vital. Thanks for your lovely comment about my photos, I think thats what I most hope to achieve. HNY to you too.

thanks Rhonda - this post did just sort of come together. All the best to you too.

Tom said...

great new year thoughts--i usually pass right on by and forget to amke any resolutions...hope your year gets a good rolling start...love the money plant...and yes, the book is good, but i'm a slow reader and it's thick, and it's a library borrow--not sure i'll get all the way through or not.

Betsy said...

Happy New Year to you, Lettuce! Hope it's a wonderful 2010 for you. I'm happy we've met in blogland! Your Honesty bush or tree...would that be the same as our Money Plant? The little pods look exactly the same!

Shammickite said...

I'm wishing you comfort and good health and happiness and vibrant energy for this New Year. The last decade has been mostly good for me, some downs of course, there always are... and even though I'll be making some changes, I'm planning on the next decade being even better. I hope we eventually see a pic of the weaving tproject hat has gone on too long!

tut-tut said...

I am glad to see the back of the past decade; too many earth-shattering and heart-breaking events occurred in my life. I've heard this from others, too.

Great photos to meditate upon, Lettuce. I wish you well, and hope we meet up at some juncture or other in the light of day.

goatman said...

You seem ambiguous about resolutions . . .
For myself, I am mostly perfect and resolve only to put up with less nonsense in the future.

Have an inspired year ahead.

lettuce said...

Tom thanks for feedback on the book. hmmm - i might buy it for my dad. then i can borrow it. :-)

Betsy, Tom called it a money plant, so I guess so! purple flowers. it self-seeds in my garden which i'm very happy about.

Thanks Shammy - I wish the same for you! I'll put something about the weaving on niddy noddy - the end is in sight!

tut-tut, it seems to have been a bad one for lots of people, doesn't it? though some of the things i've learned and gained have been so precious. And I hope so too!

goatman that is the perfect resolution and I am adopting it forthwith.

The Clever Pup said...

Happy New Year Sally

Gary said...

Toasting your high hopes, dear sweet Letty! I have never been one for making new year's resolutions (although I think I make them all the time on any given day) but who can argue with 'the beauty of life and taking time to live it'.

The photos are simply stunning.

Lynne said...

Love , love , love these photos, Letty! Points of light to guide us and remind us of the good in life.

My grandmother used to grow this ... I think she called it a money plant, or was that penny? Hmm...

Happy 2010 to you too! Here's hoping it's good for you and yours!

Mmm said...

these are beautiful sentiments, Lettuce, and I do hope the next decade is brighter for oyu. BTW, you could use these photos for the polka dot them, don;t you think? :)

GreenWhisper said...

same to you lovely lettuce :) your street looks enchanting captured in that beautiful light

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