Saturday, 28 December 2013

52 weeks of Happy 52/52

Well, this is it! I still can't quite believe that this year has flown by with all it's ups and downs and happy times and then sad ones. Thank you all so very much for coming along on this weekly journey of mine. Part of me is relieved not to have these posts pestering me at the back of my head as the weeks have gone by and then the other part of me is kind of sad to let them go. It has made me more attentative to blogging and being aware of all the sweet things that my life is made up of, all the little things really.

So here goes with week 52...

Alice has been our chief wrapper upper. She loved wrapping anything and everything (except her own presents of course). She has decided that it would be good fun to be employed by Liberty or Harrods as a Christmas wrapper upper when she is 16 (he he).

There have been candles galore and long walks when the rain stopped with enjoying Winter trees and some picking of twigs and berries.

Christmas day was at my Sister-in-law's home. It was relaxed, gentle, full of laughter and joyful moments. She is expecting her second baby in early February and her and her husband loved the blanket I made for them as seen here. I also managed to finish the cardigan for little Connie on Christmas eve would you believe it, unfortunately I didn't have a chance to photograph it. Hopefully her mum will send me a photo when she is wearing it.

I helped a friend out a few weeks back and as a thank you she gave me this pot with some muscari bulbs which have really started to grow with all the heating we have had on. As you can see it's been very grey here with mad stormy weather most days. My heart goes out to all those folk who have been flooded out of their homes and who have not had electricity for the past few days.

There has been some library visits and some serious book giving in this past week and many cosy moments curled up reading late into the night. I always have about 3 books on the go at the same time and grab whichever one I fancy depending on my mood. I am loving the Donna Tartt one at the moment and can't wait for her latest book The Goldfinch to come out in paperback. I don't like reading fiction in hardback. Donna Tartt takes 10 years to write each book and they really are page turners. I love all of Mary Roach's books too. I am particularly enjoying Gulp at the moment.

There hasn't been much in the way of knitting or crochet this past week, other than me casting on for my first sock last night. I have been working this past week, but have 5 days off at the end of next week after new years day to do some knitting and general chilling out, maybe a bit of Winter cleaning too. I fear my home has become one big dust ball which I can no longer neglect!

I do hope you have had a special Christmas and want to thank you all for visiting and saying hello and coming along on this funny old blogging journey with me. I am sorry if I haven't been very attentative to visiting your blogs, but hope to correct this in the new year when I get my very own ipad (oh my goodness I cannot wait, all my saving and waiting for the sales has eventually paid off)

Take good care and see you soon


  1. Happy New Year to you, Penny! It has been lovely to read you. Regula

  2. Hi Penny, I've so enjoyed your happy posts and like you I have mixed feelings about them ending....but I'm not tempted to start over on January the first :0)
    Lovely photos as always , you have a real eye for it.
    Jacquie x

  3. Your happy posts have been lovely Penny ... glad to hear you've had a great Christmas ... enjoy the new year celebrations ... Bee xx

  4. I've enjoyed reading your happies, Penny. I'm going to post my final one soon too. I'm glad you had a good Christmas.

  5. I think Alice may be right ... being paid to wrap gorgeous presents in pretty paper sounds like a fab job!

    Your happy posts have been lovely to follow ... I'm kinda sad all you '52 week' folk are at the end of the year.

    Wishing you and yours much peace and joy in the year ahead Penny, and thanking you for your lovely blog x

  6. Some lovely happies there, I have some bulbs to plant for Christmas so looking forward to getting them growing.
    Clare x

  7. Oh Penny, your days sound so lovely with your family. I am off next week too, well starting New Year's Eve, I am so looking forward to it. But my cleaning and packing away starts tomorrow, I am over Christmas and need to clean thing up.

  8. Beautiful post. And Alice is welcome here to wrap any time she likes (-)

  9. Happy new year Penny! one day i will learn to make socks too! I like your pile of books on the go, very relaxing! Heather x

  10. Have loved joining you o your blogging journey, Penny. I totally understand the ambiguity of your feelings towards posting - but it will be easier with your own iPad. And how brilliant that you have your own home-grown present wrapper - Jim does it beautifully but there are some presents he CAN'T wrap and I am totally pants at it! See you in 2014 Lxxx

  11. Glad that you had a good Christmas and thank you for sharing your 52 weeks of happies! I hope that you have lots more happies in 2014! xx

  12. OOOH socks, I am frightened of casting on socks in case I get addicted to making them and all else flies out of the window. The yarn looks lovely. happy new year to you. Jo x

  13. Penny, how on earth did you get thaT PINTEREST button on your blog? I have just dipped my toe in the pinterest water and have come to grief with it! Lx

  14. Penny just popping in to say hi and that i cannot believe the 52nd week of 52 is here! where did it go...?
    I love donna tartt too and glad to find out from you that she has another good read out!
    wishing you much contentedness in 2014 and may it be bright and fulfilling for you all too..
    bestest daisy j

  15. So many beautiful photos ... thanks for taking us along on your happy/sad journey!

    I too loved to wrap gifts when I was Alice's age. It was so satisfying to fit the paper efficiently to the box, and to indulge my fancy when it came to bows and embellishments. :)

    Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy New Year! Thank you for being such a cheery and encouraging bloggy friend.

  16. When I did the reasons to be happy posts with planet penny a couple of years ago, it did make me see everything differently, and I do miss that in a blogging has been very sporadic in the past year, but I do hope to get things more organised at some stage....who knows.... a resolution that is doable?!
    It sounds like your Christmas day was the best type, as was ours, relaxed and happy...oh, with plenty of yummy food to boot!
    I'm very excited for you getting an iPad, and look forward to reading lots more cheerful posts from you in 2014! Happy New Year Penny!

  17. PS that yarn looks like a ball I was eyeing in my lys before Christmas...looking forward to the socks!

  18. Here's to another year full of happy things Penny. I can't wait to see what adventures and makes you get up to producing.
    Much love Lisa x

  19. Happy New Year! I have really enjoyed you 52 posts :o)