Happy New Year
Fri 3rd, Jan, 2014
Good morning beach cottage lovelies, how are you?! I hope you had a fabulous festive break and New Year. I have had some much needed time off from everything, first of all I had planned some time off from blogging but it actually turned out that the last 10 days or so have been a bit of a fog and a switch off from life.
If I am honest the lead-up to Christmas was a pretty stressy one here in this old white cottage and our plans changed at the very last minute (we were meant to be away with friends) and so we were at home for Christmas. It’s funny though, because we were going away everything was done and dusted literally to within an inch of its life, and then when bam things changed and we were to stay at home I was like, oh, oh, oh, massive exhale of horrible stressed out forty-is-the-new-thirty stale yucky air, I wrote on Instagram (you can find me over here, have to say I love the gram for quick and easy creativity, join us) that it felt like I was one of those pump up air beds with the valve and two days before Christmas someone pulled the stopper out of the back of my neck and I deflated, like super fast.
I think everything happens for a reason though, it’s the one thing I have learnt with age, in the old days I would have analysed it all, turned stuff over in my head a million times, but nowadays somehow (so not sure how) going with the flow of what life throws at you seems to happen a lot more (would we be calling that wisdom???? crikey), and what ended up was a very very nice, very very easy Christmas with just us, a few good friends thrown in here and there and lots and lots and lots of food and drink (ummm jeans are not doing up here yikes to that, can’t think what it could have been)….where we were going was catered so at the last minute I had a quick Christmas day dinner to plan, I must say I was not disappointed in this, I love a good pottering and cooking of Christmas Dinner the English way….initially we were going to picnic at a very nice local spot so I was going to do the turkey on Christmas Eve and go a bit more Aussie with salad and bits and bobs, but after literally weeks of roasting weather the forecast for Christmas Day, though far from cold, was miserable and drizzly, so we stayed in, I dressed up the turkey with herbs and seasonings and all the extras and we had roast potatoes, stuffing, veggies and all the trimmings and sat at our dining table with crackers and finished with a Pavlova made by the lovely Miss Beach Cottage….we ate all day long, opened presents, I watched BBC tv shows on my ipad with my new earphones, Mr Beach Cottage insisted on watching James Bond films, we Facetimed with the Old Country (isn’t technology amazing, we were all beamed into the living room of a house in England and we showed each other our presents, trees and the weather, all from a tiny little phone and ipad!) and somewhere, somehow in the middle of it all we all sat around watching Elf while eating Roses from the tin.
It’s weird really but with nothing to do and nowhere to go this has been the first Christmas since we moved to Australia that I’ve felt really 100% settled, at other times of the year I was in with my feet under the table just about as we stepped on the tarmac right off of the plane, but Christmas is different – when you move to the other side of the world and know not a single soul Christmas can be odd, especially with the huge change in climate at this time of year for us, not for the kiddos I don’t think, they’ve always been pretty much fine, and to be honest I pretty much think Mr BC is cool too, but for me there is always a bit in the back of my mind that things are not quite,I don’t know, right. This year it was just right.
And while I’m writing a book about my Christmas here I might say that I have always been the person who likes to take every single bit of Christmas by the neck, screw it up and wring it out and love it all – the singing of carols, the decorating the house, the lights, the Christmas dress, the food, the sparkly lights everywhere, all of it, I like to revel in it and not waste a second and while lovely it doesn’t actually leave a lot of time for something that happened this year, relaxing and re-charging, I’m calling it Christmas Slobbing, my new term, yes there will be a guide next year, haha, How to Christmas Slob the Beach Cottage way. There was a whole lot of Slobbing on this hammock…and a mahusive amount of tiger prawns were eaten here too…
Apart from a few parties not a lot has been happening, that’s what I wanted and needed, there has been a whole lot of hanging around in pj’s, revolting hair and no make-up and many trips to this beach where we’ve sat for hours and hours and hours and done absolutely nothing, the most a walk along the shore…
…and my lovely friend the bath tub was mucho in use this Christmas, 2 hour baths have been very much in evidence…there is nothing like it, especially with a home-made face pack, essential oils and a Limoncello ;-)
And the New Year? Well it rolls around doesn’t it ladies?? This is the time of year I have to keep myself in check, oh yeah I will be climbing Mount Everest this year (more like Mount Washmore by the state of my laundry room right now), I will be just about flying to the moon, I will change this and that about myself, I will be less moody, all while juicing and being super-mum, at the same time floating around in organic linen. Hmmm.
In one of my two hour Christmas baths I was musing all this, and I’ll be blogging a few of my very small goals for this year, but I came to the conclusion that although it’s good to grow and change and learn and strive to be better and have goals, well sometimes it’s just good to just leave it all alone, to just coast along and be happy with what you’ve got…to suck that all right up and in and be calm….so my biggest New Year thing is to be grateful for what I see as I look around this very humble old cottage that we’ve thrown a lot of love and white paint at, for health and happiness and you know mostly just coasting through life as me without apology.
All I can do is be me, whoever that is.
All the best for 2014, peace man.
p.s. thank so much for all your lovely comments, here, on Insta and on Facebook, I have read them all but I know I have missed replying to some while I’ve been with my family over the Christmas break.
p.p.s this blog is about to go through a big design change, after lots and lots of things wrong with my last design and that’s just the bits you could see (the back-end has been dreadful) I have had a lovely team come in and completely clean up the mess I was left in – it’s taken months but the new clean and well-functioning site (with things that work!) is on the way…new year new blog.