Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Wishing everyone happy holidays and all the best for 2015!

We will be away in a few days time to celebrate Christmas in England with my father-in-law. As we are flying, our computers will be staying at home; only the Nexus will be with us for emails, and maybe the odd single photo on the photodiary.  I find  that blogging on this tablet is beyond me, so I will resume early in the New Year!

I have reviewed my diary photos for 2014 and picked a favourite for each month, for this post.  All photos, except a couple which are taken nearby, were taken in our garden.  
18/01/14 Mrs Blackbird taking a bath.

17/02/14 Snowdrops.

08/03/14 Early lamb

12/04/14 La Rochefoucauld château and its reflection in the river.

12/05/14 Iris.

01/06/14 Humming bird hawk moth.

15/07/14 Common swallowtail.

17/08/14 Cat sitting for our neighbour

17/09/14 Black kite.

26/10/14 Cotoneaster and spider web.

11/11/14 Peacock butterfly

08/12/14 Great tit at the window asking for food!

Happy Christmas 

Gesëende Kersfees

Nginifisela inhlanhla ne mpumelelo e nyakeni

Nadolig Llawen

Nollaig Shona Dhuit

Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ur

Buone Feste Natalizie

Feliz Natal

Feliz Navidad!

God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt Ar

Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan

 Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun

 Kung Ho Hsin Hsi. Ching Chi Shen Tan

Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Sawadee Pee Mai

Gajan Kristnaskon

Froehliche Weihnachten

Kala Christouyenna!

Mo'adim Lesimkha. Chena tova.
Keep well everyone and I will be back in 2015!




Also see my daily diary HERE

and My Life Before Charente (updated 30 October 2014) 

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    1. Many thanks Jaz and we both wish the same to you. Diane and Nigel.

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  2. Have a lovely trip and a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks so much Nadege, We just pray that the UK is not too cold! Take care, bonnes vacances Diane and Nigel.

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  3. What superb photographs! Lucky you, to see the beauty with which you are surrounded .I seem to remember that your father in law is somewhat deaf...will your luggage allowance be taken up with loud hailers and an ear trumpet?
    Have a lovely break....
    Tot siens.

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    1. Thanks so much fly. I read your posts on my email and then plan to pass a comment but somehow time has not been on our side. I love your posts and they always make me laugh, well usually,I loved the heaving on and off the bus :-)) Yes you are right his hearing aid does not generally work very well ,,,,, Never though of an ear trumpet. We are taking very little clothes just lots of layers which we will have to somehow keep drying after washing. Cases will come back loaded though with things that we can't buy here. I make do when I can't get them but it is nice to stock up when we go especially our herbal tea. Driving is so much easier but this time we decided otherwise. All the best to you both tot siens, bonnes vacances, Diane and Nigel

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  4. Happy Holidays!!! Have a wonderful time.

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    1. Thanks Gaelyn, you too. I replied to this yesterday but it has vanished! A lot of my replies seem to be going AWOL!!! Have a good one Diane and Nigel

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  5. Absolutely beautiful photos!

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    1. Thanks so much Linda, have a great holiday Diane and Nigel.

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  6. Oh Diane, your photo pics are all sensational! I'm glad you will spend Christmas with your FIL. Drive safely and enjoy your holiday. We'll read from you when you return. Big hugs. xx

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    1. Aw thanks Joyful, such a kind comment. I hope you have a great time over the holidays, take care hugs, Diane and Nigel.

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  7. Wonderful pic, Diane.

    Safe travels and a very happy Christmas to you and Nigel.

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    1. Thanks so much Gaynor. We must make a plan to get together in the not too distant future. You both also have a great Christmas, Cheers Nigel and diane

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  8. Bonjour,
    Have a good trip and enjoy your Chirstmas in England.
    Meilleurs Voeux pour 2015, Amitiés
    Béatrice

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    1. Thanks Béatrice for the comment and the good wishes, bonnes vacances Diane

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  9. Brilliant photos! They've made my day. Early Season's Greetings to you and Nigel. As they aren't in your list, here are my Flemish/Dutch greetings: 'Vrolijk Kerstmis en een Gelukkig Nieuw Jaar' ;-)

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    1. Thanks so much Ladybird for the kind comment, sorry your Flemish/Dutch was missed out :-) Keep well and have a great Christmas, Cheers from us both. Diane and Nigel.

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  10. A fabulous collection of shots.Have a great Christmas and a nice trip to England.

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    1. Thanks Diane, hope you have a great Christmas as well, we will be thinking of you in the sun while we freeze! All the best for 2015 t'other Diane

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  11. They are all stunning photos Diane. The precious lambs and the hummingbird both touched me. I hope you and Nigel have a lovely holiday in England. I haven't mastered blogging on a pad either and not sure I want to. It's nice to have a break and enjoy family and friends.

    Happy Holidays,
    Sam

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    1. Sam I agree not sure I want to!!! A one photo is about its limit! Have a great Christmas and New Year. Cheers Diane

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  12. Wishing you both happy holidays, and safe journeying. Vx

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    1. Thanks so much Vera, hope you both have a wonderful day and all the four legged animals are on their best behaviour for you. Cheers from us both xx

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  13. I must explore what's in our garden more. Have a lovely Christmas and see you both in the New Year xx

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    1. Kerry it is amazing what you find in the garden, there are so many small creatures around, tho' less at the moment while it's cold. Looking forward to catching up with you in the New Year. Take care and have a great Christmas. Cheers Diane and Nigel xx

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  14. Beautiful photos. Have a wonderful Christmas! X

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    1. This is my third reply now, Google keeps deleting them!! Thanks Maggie, we hope that you have a great Christmas and we wish you health, wealth and successful renovations in 2015. Take care Diane

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  15. Dear Diane and Nigel, wishing you very safe travels , a Merry Christmas and a Happy , and joyous New Year. ..As always you bring us wonderful photos of which I know you have many. Your garden is filled with so much wildlife , amazing. Take care , love Anne xx (speak soon) .

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    1. Thanks so much Anne and a Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hope 2015 is a really good one. Sure we will chat soon, take care. Love from us both, Nigel and Diane xx xx

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  16. These photos are just gorgeous. Merry Christmas to you and Nigel! Thank you for being a great part of my 2014 online life!

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    1. Thanks Rose, wonder what we did before blogging and all the friends we have met along the way:-) Take care and all the very best for 2015, Diane

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    2. I know right? Blogging is a wonderful thing that I learned and love.

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  17. Hi Diane - what a wonderful collection of photos - loved seeing them all!! Gorgeous .. gloomy here for now - your FIL will be very happy to have you with him ... take care and enjoy the English Christmas time ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Gloomy here Hilary but I am trying for cheerful photos :-) Thanks for following and commenting much appreciated. Happy Christmas Diane

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  18. Wonderful photos. I especially like the picture of the hummingbird. Amazing.

    It's interesting to me that people from the U.K. say "Happy Christmas" while we here in the U.S. say "Merry Christmas." We never use the word "merry" for anything other than an adjective with Christmas. It seems more like a word the British would use.

    In any event, a very Merry Christmas to you! May it be blessed and full of joy. :)

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    1. Thanks Bill, and a very Merry Christmas to you as well. Take care Diane

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  19. Fabulous photos Diane! Merry Christmas and I wish you safe and happy traveling. See you in the New Year.

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    1. Thanks Denise and all good wishes to you as well. Diane

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  20. Ces photos sont magnifiques. BRAVO!!!!!
    Bonnes fêtes et à bientôt

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  21. Diane always is a pleasure see yours pictures are really georgeous!
    Merry Christmas and have a wonderful time in England:)
    Blessings to you both!

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    1. Thanks Gloria, hope you have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2015. Diane

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  22. Gosh what a wonderful series of shots you're leaving us with Diane, every one a beauty. Have a super holiday, take care.

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    1. Thanks for the kind comment Grace. I hope you also have a great time with your family Take care Diane

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  23. Enjoy this holiday season & this special time with family :)

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    1. Thanks very much and all good wishes to you and your family as well. Diane

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  24. Have a wonderful and happy Christmas with family. My very best wishes!! Cathy

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    1. Thanks so much Cathy hope you have a good one as well Diane

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    2. Happy Birthday Cathy. Have tried to leave a message on your blog but unable to as I refuse to use Google plus. Many people could not comment on my blog when I tried +, so I then returned to normal and all seems well again except I cannot comment on yours!! Diane

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  25. Hahaha!!
    With your 2 blogs, I am always missing something somewhere!! LOL!
    Ok, so you're celebrating Xmas with your father-in-law, a great idea, he must be thrilled!
    Well weather-wise, I wish you good luck!!
    Keep well and come back safely!

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    1. Thanks Noushka, not looking forward to the colder than here..... but it is good that we will be with my FIL. Take care Diane

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  26. I'm not sure what temperatures you are used to at home in the winter, Diane, but it's not too bad here in the UK at the moment. Mind you, that could change in an instant and probably will !! It has been very unsettled for a few weeks now. If you're going to be anywhere near the middle of England, I'd be happy to show you some Little Owls.

    I love your portfolio of photos, presented in this résumé of your year. They are all wonderful, but the Humming Bird Hawk Moth is truly a triumph!

    Bon voyage - - - - Richard

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    1. Wow Richard what an offer, how I would love to take you up on it but!!!!! Sadly we will be based in Devizes and we can not travel far. Long story which I will not bore you with here. I see the temperature there tomorrow is highest 6C which is certainly colder than here at present, but it looks like it may warm up after that a bit of with rain.

      Thanks for your kind comments, much appreciated. Have a great Christmas and New Year. Next visit we will drive rather than fly and maybe I can take you up on the Little Owl offer. Diane

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  27. Merry Christmas to you, and thanks for the lovely bird pictures. My they are gorgeous!!
    Hope you have a great holiday with lots of wonderful food.

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    1. Thanks Deana, hope you have good one as well. Take care Diane

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  28. Diane, I love the lambs, the kitten and most of all, La Rochefoucauld château. Gorgeous photos, all of them really. Have a good time celebrating with your FIL and be safe in your travels to and from England. Keep well and see you back in 2015!

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    1. Thanks Pam for the kind comment. Hope you have a very merry Christmas and a wonderful 2015. Keep well Diane

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  29. Those photos are gorgeous – I don’t know which one is my favorite, maybe the first and last one of birds, but they are all superb. Have a great time back home with your family. Eat and drink anything that you missed while in France, maybe a great cup of tea – I heard it tastes different in the UK because of the water (?). I always used to go to England at Christmas time because it was so much fun. I wish I could go there now. Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks so much Vagabonde for the lovely comment. We both hate tea so it is not something we will be drinking in the UK, we only drink ginger and lemon and will our case will be full when we go back to France. We can buy it there but a different make and not as good! Not much we miss from the UK , miss a lot more of France when we are there though 😊
      Have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for you both in 2015. Diane

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  30. Καλά Χριστούγεννα Diane!

    Kala Christouyenna!

    Z.

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  31. I hope you have a wonderful trip! Merry Christmas sweet friend! Hugs, Diane

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  32. GOD JUL og GODT NYTT ÅR!

    Greetings from Stavanger Daily Photo

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  33. I am a huge fan of your photography Diane. Merry Christmas to you and Nigel!

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  34. Your photos are always a rest treat! Merry Christmas and A Very Happy New Year!

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  35. That should have said a 'real' treat ;(

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  36. Great post, fantastic set of shots! Feliz Natal, Diane.

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  37. Dear Diane! Thank you for your beautiful pictures. Have great Holidays and take your time with the blog. My best wishes!

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  38. Happy Holidays to you too... hope your Christmas was lovely. Great shots...

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