Tuesday 28 December 2010

Christmas and New Year...

I had my first Christmas Day with snow...and it was every bit as delightful as I'd hoped; tramping over the field to go to church on Christmas morning in our wellies has never felt so festive! On Boxing Day, we made snowmen and threw snowballs, and went sledging...and then came home for hot buttered toast by the fire.

It's been a fantastic week being all together as a family every day. On Christmas Eve, we all played Hide and Seek in the dark! Even the littlies joined in.

 But it has meant that Modern Country Style has been rather quiet, I know.

*hangs head in shame*

And I've really missed the feeling of sitting and having a natter with you.

I imagine us sitting together somewhere like this. Aren't those chairs gorgeous-looking? And that rug?


Once New Year is over then everything will be back to normal.

{I promise}

Speaking of New Year (and how's that for a seamless change of subject?!)....I love it! I found this gorgeous picture which sums up how I feel about it.

New Year's Eve is a bit like standing in a hallway of a New House; you're not quite sure what it's going to be like....but you know enough to see that it'll be lovely.

Happy New Year to you all.....

1: Unknown, 2: La Maison Boheme

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René said...

Your tromp across the field in wellies sounds like a winter dream Sarah. What a wonderful time you are having with family - as it should be.
Both images are gorgeous.

Happy new year to you.

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of playing hide and seek...that would bring me straight back to childhood(with heart pounding out sheer delight at not being found). So glad you could experience winter with snow. We had none this Christmas, while the rest of Canada is being plummeted with all sorts of weather is was just raining here. Mind you, buckets of rain.

Please don't worry about not posting. With the amount of stuff you put on your blog you need a break, dear!

Courtenay@Signal Hill Interiors said...

I love New Year's! Love it! I like the way you think of it. I find I always have such a boost of energy this time of year. I'm chomping at the bit to get working on more posts, but I'm still busy in the clean up from all the gifts! I can't wait for us all to get back to work on all our fabulousness.

chris said...

Sounds like you've had a jolly, lovely white Christmas. Isn't it fun to have a fresh new year? I'm really quite excited, too.

Custom Comforts said...

Happy New Year Sarah! So fun to read your post and hear about the cultural differences in the way we celebrate Christmas. Glad you had snow for Christmas. Most of the eastern half of the USA did too. A first for many.

Anonymous said...

Hi lovely Sarah!

It's been a little quiet but that just means we have all been enjoying our homes and family. I can't wait to start the New Year! So amazing and fun that you and the kids had a white Christmas! I can just see the excitement!

They must have better home decor magazines in Europe. Another Bloggerette friend posted a blog,today, about magazines she purchased from England. Gorgeous stuff! Love the floors in the last photo! Yum!

Be well, friend! Happy New Year!

Vanessa said...

Hello sweet friend! Oh what a magical time it sounds like you had! Those are the moments when you just wish you could bottle it up and keep forever. I love how you described the New Year like standing in the hallway of a new house...perfect! You have been such a blessing to me and I'm so looking forward to getting to know you even better in 2011!

Blondie's Journal said...

It sounds like your holidays were wonderful! I love playing in the snow, but definitely not shoveling it! ;-D

Love both pictures and I agree...New Years Eve is like the threshold of the coming year!


Rachel Noelle Pallas said...

~*~*Wishing you all the best this coming New Year too Sarah!!~*~Hugs,Rachel~*~*

*French Farmhouse 425*

Heidi said...

I enjoyed reading your description of how you spend Christmas! Ahh, I *love* England! (I used to live in Bath for a couple of years and spent one snowy Christmas up in Lincolnshire). Happy New Year to you!

michelle said...

Hello dear friend! I am so glad that you had a wonderful Christmas and are having a wonderful week with family!! I would love to sit and natter with you in those chairs as well! I look forward to all your wonderful inspirations in the new year and I think that the image you chose was perfect!!!

Happy New Year and hugs to you!!!

Stay warm! :)

High Street Cottage said...

Gorgeous photos Sarah, and by the way, your little friend across the pond (me) has been missing you. Glad you got some snow. Bet you all had a wonderful time. So glad I found you, or shall I say you found me, hugs tami

Brandi said...

Yay! I'm so happy you got some snow! I crossed my fingers (and toes) for you!

I'm glad you had a wonderful holiday! I'm sure your kids enjoyed hide n seek in the dark. Best wishes to you and your family in 2011! I'm so happy we've become blogging friends!

Unknown said...

I'm glad you had Christmas with the snow that you wanted and that it was happy and cheerful
Beautiful the image of hallway that symbolizes as you feel
I also really like the door

Signe said...

Those chairs are indeed amazing, love the color!

The Moerks said...

Your white Christmas sounds delightful and I love your photo of the hallway I too feel a little like that for new years.

*Susycottage* said...

Hello Sarah,
I see that you had a happy Christmas!
Who knows what the beautiful Cotswolds with the snow?
must be lovely!
I wish you a Happy New Year Susy

GoldenValley50 said...

How amazing to experience a snowy Christmas Sarah. What a contrast to our Christmas - we were flooded in and lost power for 2 days. I could have done with some of that open fire and toast! I look forward to visiting you again in the New Year. Enjoy your holidays. ;)Sharyne

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Sarah! I loved those environments! especially a special place with the chairs! I love to read and would be the ideal and charming! Thank you for visiting my blog, come whenever! kisses

melissa said...

Merry Christmas Sarah!
I am so glad to hear you got a white Christmas, it is just a little special when it snows on Christmas Day. I just love that rug as well! Hope you're having a great holiday and New Year - Melissa x

Anonymous said...

So glad you and your family have been sharing such a special time together. And snow! Sounds perfect :)

Lisa said...

Sounds like a wonderful holiday! Happy new year to you!

WobiSobi said...

Loving everything about the room with the chairs, especially the RUG. Loving the chance to have a brand new start at something and knowing that it will be wonderful, no mater where it takes me. You have summed it up beautifully.:)

Stephanie said...

Sounds like you are having a wonderful time...Love the front door photo. I agree with your analogy...Happy New Year!!

Unknown said...

Your Christmas sounded like so much fun!
Did you get a camera?
I love those chairs in the photo, beautiful.
Have a great time over the new year!
Nicola x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah, I so glad you had a great holiday,and with snow too.Happy New Year.


Anonymous said...

Hi sarah, sorry about the spelling.I'm always in a hurry!!


Jennifer said...

Sounds like a fun celebration! I'm loving those chairs so much. And those FLOORS in that second picture... yum yum yum.

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

Hello, My Fav Friend!!! :-)

I've been missing you! I was really happy to come here and find a new post and what a post! I love what you said about New Year being like a hallway... I pray that my hallway bring me to a better year with my family. I can't really complain about 2010, but I feel that 2011 will be a year of new and better blessings! Don't we all need that?

I am wishing all the best for 2011 and may you always be as sweet as you are! It's a huge pleasure knowing you, Sarah.


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Cindy said...

Hi Sarah,
Thanks for your visit today! I'm glad you like my window box.
I love the photo of the two chairs, I can see myself sitting there having a "natter" with you. An imagination is a wonderful thing!
I love your analogy of the new year. I'm waiting for the door to open on 2011, too, I expect good things!
Hugs, Cindy

Anne said...

It all sounds delightful, Sarah! I love a snowy day; we had about an inch today, but its not sticking. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on the bird containers; i'm glad you like what you saw! A VERY happy new year to you and yours! Anne

Simple Home said...

It sounds as if your holidays have been wonderful. I think everyone has been a little busy with festivities of all kinds. I'm just getting around to visiting too.
Happy New Year Sarah...I'm so glad to be able to get to know you.

Le said...

love love love those chairs - here's to happy days in 2011 - best le

Laurie said...

I love how you expressed the new year as the lovely hallway, perfect! Happy New Year! Laurie

Deb said...

Enjoy your holiday Sarah and have the happiest new year! ~Deb~

Tricia said...

Hello my lovely friend! I'm glad to hear you had a snowy and beautiful Christmas.

Sorry I haven't been by...I've been taking a break from blogging and visiting. I just felt like I needed a breather. I've missed all of our chit-chats :)

All my best to you for 2011. Happy New Year ♥ Tricia

Samantha said...

Happy New Year, Sarah!

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

My Dear Friend!

I've missing you! :-)

I just want to wish you and your family a really fun, special, heathy and blessed New Year!

God bless you always,


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

Would so love to sit and chit chat in those gorgeous chairs with you. That would be such fun. Enjoy the new year!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Hello Lovely Sarah and Happy New Year. I am thrilled that you had a white Christmas. Your holiday sounds wonderful. I love the images you have shown. I wish you the very, very best for the coming year. Happy New Year!

Roeshel said...

What a beautiful post! :)

I'm so thankful for your friendship, Sarah. Thank you for your comforting comments, thank you for sharing so much inspiration and I can't wait to see what you have in store for 2011!

Happy New Year!


Unknown said...

You did have a white Christmas, Sarah! Hooray! Thank you so much for your friendship in 2010. So happy we met and I appreciate you more than you know. I hope your hallway leads to all of your dreams in 2011.


High Street Cottage said...

Hi again Sarah, I just stopped by to thank you for all the love and support you've shown my blog this past year. The sweet comments you've made and the kind emails mean so much to me. I'm a big fan of your blog, and especially your humor. You always make me giggle and put a big smile on my face. When I visit your blog I feel as though I travel to England without leaving my favorite chair. Thank you for that, missing you, xoxo tami

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Sarah~ Happy New Year my friend!! Just Loving the picture of the front door and the thoughts with it- and the chairs look so comfy! Sounds like you have been having lots of fun at your house!!
I wanted to tell you what a sweet, wonderful friend you have been to me this year-I feel so blessed to have met you! Happy New Year to you and yours!
Hugs, Courtney

Mindy said...

I nominated you for a Stylish Blogger Award! Pop over to my blog to accept and pass it along! =D

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Happy New Year, Sarah! Can't wait to see what you have to share with us in 2011!

Jenni said...

Hello Sarah~

Happy New Year to you! I am so excited for you that you had a white Christmas! How fun for your kids, too! :)

I love that last picture your showed especially! The floors are gorgeous!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend, and that you have a good Monday!


Ann said...

The floor on the last pic looks really great...

Happy New Year...love your blog:)

Anonymous said...

Happy new year,


Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

Hello, Sarah!

I was going to send you an email, but decided to come here first to see if you were back yet... WE'RE MISSING YOU! :-)

I am missing you, but I'm kidding.. take your time with your family, enjoy! But just let us know if everything is ok.


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

Hello, Sarah!

I was going to send you an email, but decided to come here first to see if you were back yet... WE'RE MISSING YOU! :-)

I am missing you, but I'm kidding.. take your time with your family, enjoy! But just let us know if everything is ok.


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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