Happy Christmas!

At this time of year, when it’s cold and dark in Scotland, I find myself conjuring up memories of warm, sunny places.

A few years ago I spent part of the British winter in New Zealand, and I’ve been enjoying revisiting it in my mind recently.

I hope I can go back in person one of these days, see some of the many places I missed first time round, and squeeze in a return visit to the beautiful Bay of Islands, pictured below.

Thanks to everyone who’s popped in for a read of my blog over the past year, and a very Happy Christmas to you all – whether you’re spending it cosying up indoors or soaking up the summer sun.


Peaceful Russell, in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. You can leave your hats, scarves and gloves at home over Christmas.


36 thoughts on “Happy Christmas!

  1. What a lovely photo of the beach. While storms are raging all around in the USA it is nice to imagine such a lovely spot to relax during the holidays. I have enjoyed your blog this year (even if I haven’t commented often) and look forward to next year and all you have to share!!

  2. Oh my what a lovely change of scenery. Wherever you spend the holidays, make it an interesting adventure. I”m looking forward reading about your travels in the coming year!

  3. The Bay of Islands looks beautiful – I have a feeling Leonie went there when she spent three months in NZ. I am curious to know what it feels like to celebrate Christmas at midsummer, with glorious sunshine, long days and high temperatures! Thank you for sharing all your experiences with us over the last year, which without exception have been delightful, and I hope you take some time to indulge yourself over Christmas. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, too!

    • It would be a wonderful place to Kayak, Jo, I imagine Leonie will have paddled in some beautiful spots around the coast of New Zealand, there are lots of pretty places. I didn’t spend Christmas there but I would love to do that one day. Thank you for your kind comments, I’ve already been indulging myself in festive treats, and plan on consuming many more in the days to come. I hope you’re doing likewise. 🙂

  4. Hi Lorna 🙂 Merry Christmas! You make me want to bottle some of the days here and send them to you! Russell is lovely isn’t it? I’ve only been there once, but often wanted to go back. Jo: Christmas at midsummer is nice but we’re crazy. Half of us still eat roasts for Christmas dinner, even in the heat. My husband was talking about it the other day. This year the menu is mixed at our house. Lots of salads for the days around, but roast chicken with trimmings for the main meal. It will be sweltering in the kitchen! But then, spoilt creatures that we are, there is usually a beach somewhere close-ish by if one requires a dip to cool down. Now that I think about it, inflatable pools are also a big part of Christmas here 🙂

    • Thank you Trish, I love the idea of having a bit of NZ bottled and sent over to Scotland. I can just imagine how glorious it is at the moment with you. I find it quite amazing that you do a roast meal in high temperatures, but as you say, lovely to have a beach to pop down to afterwards to cool off. Inflatable pools at Christmas sound strange to me – they’d be full of ice here. 🙂

    • Thanks David, and to you. The delightful assistants seem very happy to be delving into festive treats already – chocolate truffles yesterday and stollen scones and mincemeat squares today. It’s one long episode of sweet treats.

  5. Happy Christmas Lorna. Thank you so much for following my blog during the year and for being such a dedicated comment writer. I appreciate each and every comment. Enthusiasm such as yours is what keeps people going. Looking forward to hanging out with you again in 2014. Happy Christmas to your delightful assistants too. Heather

    • Thank you Heather, I really enjoy your blog with its bite-size posts that feature all manner of things. I never know what I’m going to get next, it’s a treasure trove of delightful surprises! A happy Christmas to you too, and here’s to friendship in 2014!

  6. I too like to remember warm places I have visited at this time of the year. I have yet to visit New Zealand. But it is on my list. Merry Christmas to you and your assistants. I look forward to reading your posts in the new year as they are most enjoyable.

    • It’s so comforting, isn’t it? Escaping to the warmth when you’re shivering in the snow. I’m sure you would love New Zealand and Amanda could have some wonderful adventures there, the scenery is spectacular. A Merry Christmas to you and all your family!

  7. The merriest of Christmas cheer to you Lorna! I remember last year (I was overseas) and it was wonderful to have a cooler Christmas in Hong Kong! May yours be filled with delicious things to eat (including) more truffles!

    • Thank you, Alice, I’m thinking of you basking in the heat while the snow falls outside my window. 🙂 Those truffles are very indulgent, thank you for the inspiring recipe and I hope your festive season is brimming over with deliciousness (I know it will be).

  8. Dear Lorna,
    Wishing you and the delightful assistants a very Merry, Peaceful and Happy Christmas. Thank you for your blog – and congrats on your article! I always get so much out of reading your posts. Great photography and your voice is funny and distinctive. You see things that I wouldn’t notice.
    Merry Christmas!
    love, Christine

    • Thank you Christine, it’s funny that you should say that because I’m often delighted by the little treasures you highlight in your blog, and I think you notice things I would miss myself. Have a lovely Christmas! 🙂

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