The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Endings and new beginnings

As I write this, the last few hours of this year are ticking away and 2015 will be over – with all the good and bad things it brought with it. In some countries the new year has already dawned and soon it will be our turn to welcome 2016. It is a time for endings, for closing chapters, and for new beginnings. Ahead of us are  366 (yes, it's a leap year) of blank pages. What we write on each page is not always within our control because Life has a habit of throwing unexpected events at us. How we react is up to us. It may not always be easy. On the contrary, it may sometimes be overwhelmingly, gut-wrenchingly difficult but we cannot, should not,  let life bring us down. And before you all think that I am preaching to you, I will be the first to acknowledge that this peice of advice is primarily for myself. Because I do have a tendency to mope and make an earthquake out of the slighest tremor.
Nadur (7)-002
Isla (3)-002
Valletta (7)-001
Since you are all busy at this time, I will keep this short. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you that support this blog with your readership and your comments. If any of you have used Google Friend Connect to subscribe to this blog, Google has announced that it will no longer be supporting non-Google accounts so you will have to find some other way to subscribe (if you still want to, of course). I want to wish you lots of bubbly at midnight and heaps of magical memories throughout 2016.
Spring sunset (2)

14 comments:

  1. Happiest New Year!

    Your wonderful words and photos are perfect for this last day of 2015.

    Speaking of words, tomorrow as my treat for the New Year beginning, I'm going to write a short story titled, "The Blue Striped Boat," after your photo above. But first I need to learn more about the boat. I Google blue striped board, click images, and see a gorgeous dress. I follow that to Polyvore, and see its sold out. I go back and add row to the keywords, and find there are rowing clubs that have colors.
    The New Year looks to be interesting already. :)

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    1. Glad that 2016 has started on a good note for you.

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  2. I hope you had a nice new year's eve, as we had, 2015 was not too bad for me personally, except the death of a very dear friend.

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  3. WELL< THIS NEIL guy and I are on the same PAGE!TO A NEW YEAR with loads of FUN tossed in!DO the unexpected...............sing at the top of your lungs on your way to work!Of course we have to L O V E the song to do that.........BUT I"M GAME are YOU?
    HAPPY NEW YEAR...................
    XX
    XO

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    1. Yes I'm game. Singing on my way to work sounds doable and the best thing is that no one will hear me,

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  4. Dear Loree - wonderful thoughts on living life even when it is challenging. May your new year bring you much joy and many blessings. Hugs!

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  5. Great photos and wise words Loree. I hope 2016 is a very uplifting and creative year for you. You have a great deal of talent and I always enjoy visiting your lovely blog.

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    1. Thank you. You have a wonderful talent too Wendy.

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  6. Although arriving late to the party, I really appreciated your gentle take on this passage into a new year. After such a year as the last one, I am not finding it so easy to just dive into the new as the memories and sadness of 2015 are still with me. Thank you for the beautiful photos and quotes.
    And yes, Happy New Year.
    Gros Bisous,
    Heather

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    1. I think the sad memories of 2015 are with everyone. It will not be an easy year to forget. I hope that 2016 will be more positive for everyone.

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  7. Happy New Year, Loree! Wonderful quotes to say goodbye to 2015. I am filled with hope, although I struggle at times, that 2016 will bring extraordinary beginnings.

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  8. I'm a bit late, happy New Year!

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