I guess it’s apt that my first post of 2013 should be one of reflection…
You may or may not know that the song ‘Auld Lang Syne’ – traditionally sung to usher in a New Year [written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1788] is generally interpreted as a call to remember long-standing friendships, loved ones and to remember the days gone by. The title can be translated into English literally as “old long since”, “days gone by” or “old times. The melancholic song begins by posing a rhetorical question as to whether it is right that old times be forgotten? A strange choice of song then to celebrate starting anew don’t you think?
When I was a teenager I remember wanting to race towards a New Year, excited about a fresh new start and what that year might bring – something bigger and better than the last – and not caring to look back. Obviously Robert Burns was a lot wiser than my teenage self! As I get older I feel an urgency to hold on to the past – the people I am leaving behind and the experiences that have whizzed by so fast.
I watched a film called The Hours over Christmas – an adaptation of the book of the same name by Michael Cunningham starring Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep. The plot focuses on three women of different generations whose lives are interconnected by the iconic novel Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf and all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide and depression in their lives [I promise it inspires more reflection than depression!].
At the end of the film, Meryl Streep’s character in present day New York reflects on her life with her daughter [played by Claire Danes] who asks her when she was the happiest. Streep answers about a period in life when she was young, “I remember one morning… getting up at dawn… there was such a sense of possibility! You know? That feeling? And…and I remember thinking to myself: “So this is the beginning of happiness…”, “This is where it starts!”, “And, of course, there’ll always be more.” Never occurred to me it wasn’t the beginning, It was happiness. It was the moment…”
I guess what I am saying is that one of my resolutions for 2013 is to live in the moment and appreciate that happiness is what’s happening now – not just focusing on what is to come – 2012 whizzed by so fast with so many momentous milestones – that I wished I had taken more time to appreciate them. So in a bid to appreciate for a little longer – here are some pictures of the final month of 2012 – festive celebrations with our nearest and dearest and entertaining in our home [our first Christmas in our new home] - Happy New Year!
I enjoyed making our home cosy for Christmas – I hung mistletoe and boughs of greenery all around and this beautiful candle sconce from Rockett St George flickered gently every evening in our hallway.
Entertaining over the break, I home-made food tags for snacks using brown paper and a chalk pen. I hung tassle garlands inspired by Confetti System – learn how to make them here, and burnt my heavenly smelling Pomander candle [orange studded with cloves and cinnamon], from Diptique – if you only buy one candle during the festive season – make it this one!
Candy Cane Cocktail prep for our New Years Party. Get the recipe for the cocktail here.
I served Prosecco and raspberry punch. Made with Prosecco and raspberry liqueur and garnished with Rosemary speared Raspberries.
Lots of food of course and my first homemade cakes!
I made Candy Cane Cookies! Get the recipe here.