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here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Years Eve ~ celebrating in style

well another year gone. this one, we celebrate so much differently than in years past. amidst strangers in a foreign country. Don't know what induced me to decide to stay here for the New Year and more importantly my 55th birthday. But here I am. and making the best of it that I can.
we woke to damn rain pelting against the window at 5am and it has not stopped. It is so depressing.

we decided to book in to The Fowey Hotel for New Years Eve.. so glad we did.. it will be a bit of pampering in an otherwise grey dismal day. Plus, I am having respiratory problems from the constant damp, mould and musty smell in the cottage.
then we come back for one night and have decided to leave Cornwall early and travel to Salisbury for a night then to London on the 3rd.
geez, i am hanging out for the 5th to come!! then to see sunny expansive skies, hear kookaburras and cockatoos [which by the way, I will never complain about again!!]..

arriving at Fowey, in the rain.. we walked down to the shops to send the last of our packages, [we hope] and I bought myself a birthday gift for tomorrow... then back to the hotel to wait for our room.. we sat and played on our iphones because by this time, it was 2013 in Australia.. and wishing all my relatives and friends a happy new year.. bought on more pangs of homesickness... I shoved those down inside to deal with later, because the last thing I wanted was to be crying in the drawing room in front of strangers. as I sat there, in the drawing room, I thought of the many years that we had celebrated with our friend Peter.. and how New Years Eve had always been so special.. and made a promise to myself, that next year, I will do an elegant dinner party on New Years Eve at our home in Katoomba. I will just have to find some silver to go along with it!

afternoon tea was served at 2.30 and then we went to our room for a nap before dinner. a very swish affair, unfortunately i had forgotten to pack my evening dress so I hoped that the upper class would forgive my black skirt, leopard print tights and slippers. Actually, I don't care. One thing I feel so happy about is that in Australia there is not the class system that seems to be everywhere here. it would drive me nuts.

so we dressed for dinner.. me in my new red shoes, that I had bought myself as a gift for my 55th birthday [those red slippers meant something to me.. 1... when Dorothy clicked her heels together, closed her eyes and said, 'there's no place like home'.. she was whisked back to Kansas and 2. My dad always said to me to 'put my red slippers on and skip along the yellow brick road']..
 I walked down the steps... like a lady must..

pre dinner drinks... rose [imagine one of those little things over the 'e']
.. cheers!

canapes anyone? we had brie with strawberries, miniature yorkshire puddings with horseradish, chicken liver & onion chutney tarts and smoked salmon on toast with cream cheese. all very yum.

the table was set for two, overlooking the Fowey River.. at night it is beautiful looking across to the other village
and for the rest of the guests.. a beautiful setting to celebrate New Years Eve, if one is away from friends and family.
we were seated next to a lovely couple from Stoke-on-Trent.. elderly,beautiful couple. Frank and Jean. they have travelled extensively in Australia and knew Katoomba very well.. we chatted all night to them. They love Australia and would love to return one-day.

Happy New Year.
fireworks taken across the river.. someone said to me to use the fireworks setting, but in the dark, without my glasses, i couldn't even see if there was one.. so this is as good as it gets.

and here I am... 55 years old - 2013
I wonder what the year has in store for me...
 I wish for another full year with my mum, in good health, I wish that my friend Peter McTaggart lives for another year... and no deaths in my life at all this year.
And I wish for a year where peace shines from within me.


  1. Happy New Year! Happy Birthday! 55 is a wonderful age to be (that's how old I am too, LOL!)

    The mustiness in England really got to me too. We found that it was always worst on the ground floor of houses but would disappear if we were on the 2nd floor or higher. Guess it's worst in proximity to all that rain-soaked earth.

  2. I wish those thing for you in 2013 as well Dear Robyn.
    I have a feeling you are more excited about going home, than you were about going to England. I also suspect you never thought that would be possible. Your life will be very different from now on, now that you have laid those ghosts to rest.
    Happy New Year!

  3. Happy Birthday darlin' Robyn.
    Be careful what you wish for with the sunny Aussie skies. 40 degree heat predicted in S.A today, 41 tomorrow and the next, and more scorchers next week... not a cloud in sight. Oh well, it is January after all.
    I think of the little plants with their battle in extreme weather conditions, water-logged in England, sizzled and scorched here.
    My Londoner brother-in-law has fond memories of The Fowey Hotel - guess it will always hold a special place for you too in your memories.
    Wishing you health and happiness in 2013, with a bright future ahead, and although there will inevitably be losses in some form, let there be many gains too and much to give joy and peace. xx

  4. Such a shame that this year we have had exceptionally bad weather...sunshine makes a place look and feel so different especially Cornwall(though i like the rough and tragic scenery of Britain )...happy birthday ...and bright blessings for the year ahead .

  5. Happy belated birthday wishes Robyn and a very happy and peaceful 2013.

  6. Robyn,
    Happy Birthday and Happy New Year.

    Very glad to hear you will soon be home. :)