Monday, 2 January 2012

The Merry Year is Born

"The merry year is born
Like the bright berry from the naked thorn" ~ Hartley Coleridge
2012 Greetings to you all dear bloggers...

We have been up to SO much... how about you?

.. the 'afterwards' of celebrating Christmas!

... the important job of warming our dear visitors bed linen.. (why have a hot water bottle, eh?)

.. visiting Saville Gardens in Windsor, with friends and family ..

Then travelling to Bath to celebate New Year eve lunch eating at Tilleys Bistro

Darcy (disrupting play)

Board games at home with the Haven Seniors...
(Mrs H came last, but let us not dwell on that)

.. introducing the attic to Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley
sniff, sniff... poke.. poke
.. 2 hours later...

... food, festivities and champagne to welcome in 2012!

New Year Day

Stepping out into the garden..
sniffing in abundance
(these shots don't capture all, because Mr Bingley ended up plunging inadvertently into the pond and required immediate towel attention and cuddles and extra time by the fire)

A new year is unfolding – like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within.”

We can't wait to visit you all again.... cheers to 2012


  1. Happy new year!

    My, you all have been very busy! The attic would be great fun, but the pond not so much.

    Here's to a happy, healthy, DRY 2012.

  2. That does look like a very busy time.

    We agree that pussycats are so superior to hot water bottles!


    The Chans

  3. Happy New Year Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley!!
    You most certainly have been up to lots of fun activities and what gorgeous pictures of foodables.
    Mr. Bingley..over here on New Year's Day lots of crazy folks do what is called A Polar Plunge into frigid water to welcome in the New Year. Sounds like you did that too BY MISTAKE. Thank goodness Mom was near with a towel and cuddles.
    Hugs Madi

  4. So enjoy your blog and all of the lovely photos.

  5. Ohhh... I enjoyed your posting... and all the little pics of your sweet lads.

    We look forward to sharing the furry journey in 2012!

  6. Wow you sure have been busy !!
    Poor Mr Bingley that plunged into the pond :(
    Glad to hear that you got some xtra attention :)
    I almost plunged into to my dad´s aquarium yesterday , but only almost ;-)
    Wish you a Happy New 2012 !!

  7. Wow, what exciting things and beautiful places! You are so lucky! We stayed home and had flea baths! :(

  8. Happy New Year sweet ones. Love you both.

    Mom Carole

  9. Looks like it was a wonderful holiday season and new year :-) Wishing you joy and prosperity in 2012!

  10. Hi friends!
    Have a great 2012!
    Auntie Marilia & Bavarescats

  11. Oh dear Mr Bingley.... I thought it was Mr Darcy who was supposed to go for a swim in the lake (at least in the yummy Colin Firth version of P&P anyway...!!)
    Looks like you guys all had so much fun and that new years food looked delicious! Happy new year, wishing you good health and happiness in 2012

  12. Happy New Year! Our cats have never ventured into the attic but have been lost in the garage for a number of hours and on occasions overnight!

  13. Happy New Year! Sounds you have had a lovely holiday, with lots to snoopervise. Purrs and headbutts.

  14. Happy New Year!
    Hope 2012 is a good year for you.
    And stay away from icy cold fish ponds!
    Sue xxx

  15. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Our celebrations certainly paled in comparison!

  16. happy new year! drop by our blog, we gave you an award :)

  17. Happy new year to you pals!

  18. Looks like you have been having a great time! Mr. Bingley, don't you know us cats don't like to swim?? ;)

    Happy New Year!

  19. What lovely memories for the end of the year, well except for the inadverdent dunking, that is...

  20. Mr Bingley we bet that water was a little cool!!
    Happy New Year to you all.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  21. Happy 2012! How lucky to have an attic to explore--what a great way to start the year!

  22. Wishing you a happy, healthy, fun and successful New Year too.

  23. Happy New Year to you all too! Lizzie, Boris & Maisie xxx

  24. Happy New Year, dear Havens! We wish you all a New Year filled with happiness and many more fun adventures. :)

  25. Oopsie, Mr Bingley! That must have been quite the experience. :)

  26. Catty New Year! We love the tail floofage shots in the garden!

  27. Oh wow!! What a beautiful time you've all had to start the New Year just right! Yay!! Awww Mr Bingly! Me and Charlie are sorry about the water incident but glad you are now all fluffed up and dry again! Yay! Hugs too to Mr Darcy! We wish you joy and more sniffings for 2012! Take care


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