Wednesday, 6 January 2016

JANUARY REFLECTIONS ..........




Christmas is now all packed away and back in the loft in the ' HOME ' household ..... 



I don't ' do ' New Year resolutions .....



and I shan't be changing the above habit of many years .....



but, I will find more time to hang out with friend's .....



Be forever thankful for where I live and to remember how lucky I am .....



..... stop buying stuff .....



..... and more stuff .....



..... do more creative stuff .....



..... read more { including ' War & Peace '  Rachel !!! } 




..... and, obviously, eat more chocolate !!!!


..... on reflection, maybe I DO make New Year resolutions ..... How about you ?



image 1, 4 & 10: via bonnard 3, image 2: via what if winter is not a place outside, image 3: via agridul, image 5 & 9: via an exquisite waste of time, image 6: via being beau, image 7: via ME, image 8: via creating clever

Jackie

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  1. Haaaahaaaaaaa what a great post!
    I love chocolate
    Hugs Kuni

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    1. Me too Kuni ....... and other bad stuff too !!! XXXX

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  2. I admire your devotion to black; I too am a devotee. Those women in their spotted 'house coats' (called Blouses here), look like all my female neighbours over 65.

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    1. I am devoted to it to the point of obsessed Cro !!!!! The odd bit of white, grey and, if pushed, burgundy slips in now and again but everythig looks so much better in black. XXXX

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  3. Hello you! I think you're onto something with this black thing; I noted my recent wardrobe purchase of the last six months have all been black. But then I read some commentary - maybe by Nora Ephron? - that said black over 40 is no good. I should be embracing colour. I am going to stick with black! It suits the climate here. And always looks smart. Anyway - happy 2016, lovely to hear what you're up to and good luck with your non-resolving resolutions. Lou x

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    1. Hi Lou ...... first of all ..... your kitchen/family room is AMAZING !!!
      As for black..... if you ever see models or most people in the fashion industry, on their days off, they are invariably in black from head to toe !! I don't think that I agree with the ' don't wear black when you get older ' theory ... I LOVE it and, you can always wear red nail varnish !!
      Happy 2016 to you and your lovely family ...... you have put everything in place in 2015 and you can now SOAR !!! Lots of love. XXXX

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  4. What a post, I'm laughing, thinking, and agreeing with so much you share here Jackie. No, I don't make resolutions - well on thinking perhaps I do! Need to stop with the 'stuff' - too much brought home and nowhere left to display it. Since I gave up my shop space where I was also buying for others, I have done much better in this department as I'm not bringing much home - I go to fewer antiques venues that's for sure, and I think more about 'what if we do decide to move and have less living/storage space than ever.' I'm editing now the decorations are stored away.

    Re: the wardrobe - lots of black BUT also loads of grey, and this winter shades of plum. I did buy the red coat (thought it would be fun for a change over the black!) - but never wore it once over Christmas/New Year - it's wool and we had to run air-con because the weather was so hot!

    Here's to some snowy days - we now have the cold - today I get my hair cut and I shall venture forth in a black dress and leggings, black boots. . . . . . . . and the red coat!

    Love and hugs for 2016 - make every moment joyful
    Mary -

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    1. Ah Mary .... we are birds of a feather !!! I am in admiration of you fror buying the red coat .... my best and oldest friend has also ' gone red ' this winter !! The best that I can do is red nail varnish !! haha
      I do find it hard not to buy ' stuff ' when I see it ...... I really must curb my impulses in 2016 !!
      Lots of love to you Mary. XXXX

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  5. All so beautiful Jacqueline. You are a very talented blogger. Buy less stuff really speaks to me and I hope others though the shop owners and politicians wouldn't agree lest capitalism shows itself for what it is. I wear black but everything shows on it in particular cat hair. I used to mostly wear white and find clothes I purchase are either black or white. Easier that way.

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    1. I say that I mustn't buy more stuff but wether I achieve it is another matter .... it hasn't gone well so far !!!!!! XXXX

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  6. Brava Jackie, come sempre con immagini significative e poche parole efficaci hai reso l'idea! Io ho un unico proposito: cosa faccio male? Ecco, pensare di farlo bene!

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    1. Gracias Eleanor... Me tink di no que voy cambiando mucho este año! Feliz 2016. XXXX

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  7. Oh yes, dear Jackie........more chocolate, less stuff, more fun with friends and wearing BLACK every day..........love it! HAPPY NEW YEAR and another wonderful blog year with you!

    With love & hugs, Jade

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    1. Much more chocolate Jade !!!!! Wishing you and your family a wonderful, happy, healthy and peceful 2016. XXXX

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  8. I was going to say . . . "No Resolutions!"
    And then I saw what you wrote at the end . . .
    Loved the
    Yesterday I wore black
    Today I am wearing black
    Tomorrow I will wear black
    That is me in a nut shell
    Loved the STUFF photo
    Chocolate, books, creative for me . . .
    Happy Days Dear One . . .

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    1. ..... and, All year I shall be wearing black Lynne !!!!!! XXXX

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  9. Thank you for your lovely comment.I wish all the best for 2016.
    Sabine

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    1. .... and thank you for yours Sabine. Happy 2016. XXXX

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  10. Sounds perfect Jackie!! A Happy, Healthy and Sparkling New Year to you. No New Years resolutions for me, but I can find myself in all the things you wrote down.

    Have a fun week!

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    1. ..... and a glittering New Year to you Madelief .... and more chocolate !! XXXX

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  11. I do make New Years resolutions, every year, and am quite happy that mostly half of them are realised. As to chocolate I don't make any resolutins - I eat it (but only a little bit, but that every day).

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    1. That's very impressive Britta ..... I've bought more stuff already .... I'm hopeless !!!! XXXX

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  12. More tea, more driftwood(i am on the hunt for a huge piece to put above my kitchen cabinets), more roses, more hours in the garden. Living simple, natural with less less less waste. More LOVE xx

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    1. Good luck with your hunt for driftwood Kerrie .... I just know that you will find the pefect piece. More roses .... yes ..... more hours in the garden .... yes ...... and definitely less waste. Happy 2016. XXXX

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  13. Like you, I say I don't make resolutions, but I have wishes and hopes and secret things that I hope to achieve but don't tell anyone just in case. My go to colour is navy - with everything - I am addicted to navy and don't feel right unless I wear it - open my wardrobe doors and there is a sea of navy. And yes, definitely cutting down on buying stuff and more stuff - and although I do read a lot now, there is always room for more books and more reading. As for chocolate well I can take it or leave it.

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    1. Haha Elaine .... your navy is my black .... open my wardrobe and it's a sea of black !! XXXX

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  14. NOPE ...........
    NOT this year..................I will keep plugging along!
    Love the photo of the ITALIAN women??
    If you are always in BLACK YOU better have some GOOD JEWELRY ON IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    XX

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    1. I always wear my Afghanistan silver cuffs and necklace Elizabeth ...... is that OK ?!!!!! XXXX

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  15. Hello Jacqueline,
    I am sure you will look smashing in any colour. Black is always a good choice. I should be mad at you as you just made me go to the fridge and get the chocolate bar and it, too, is black
    I am cramming two books for our book club meeting next week. There never seems enough time.

    Helen xx

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    1. Sorry for mentioning chocolate Helen although, if you're like me, you probably don't need an awful lot of encouragement !!!!!! XXXX

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  16. Great post, I agree, no more buying, I have so much stuff. Giving half the closet to Good will. Plan to drink red dry wine and eat dark chocolate this year.
    Help more friends, and Hug my Daughter and Dog Benny

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    1. Perfect resolutions Yvonne ..... I've already bought more stuff !!!! XXXX

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  17. Happy New year
    You have a lovely blog

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    1. Thank you so much Nadie ..... Happy 2016 to you. XXXX

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  18. Good reflections!
    Resolutions? All in moderation :-)!
    One of the best for me : CHOCOLATE - CHOCOLATE - CHOCOLATE!
    Have a sweet 2016!
    xxxkarin

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    1. Here's to a chocolatey 2016 Karin !!!!!!
      Hope that you have a happy year. XXXX

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  19. Never a dull moment when I read your blog and all the lovely comments I've just read. Your photos are always a joy to see. Loved the old ladies in their overall dresses, just think how fabulous they would look if they followed your theme, Black. black and more black. Black on black in different textures always looks fab, and I'm sure that's just how you look. I too am a lover of black, even more now that I don't have my hair coloured. Thankfully I feel good with how I look, I don't think of myself as old and grey, just need to stop eating Chocolate.

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    1. I love that photograph of the ladies Barbara ...... just like me and my friend's !!!! haha.
      I am obsessed with black and can't seem to get out of the habit although, I don't really want to ....... I always say it's my signature !!!! XXXX

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  20. Love, love, love the pictures and the thoughts! I'm sure you buy the most enchanting stuff!
    Every summer I resolve to read one classic novel. Sometimes I even do it. Happy 2016!!

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    1. Shawn ..... I'm so pleased that you popped in ..... I have been over to your blog and tried to comment but can't as I'm reluctant to join Google +. We'll have to chat here and on Rachel and Tom's blogs !!!!! XXXX

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  21. I think i Will do the Same things as you........all are great.....and Will make them my year....love love love Ria x❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Well done Ria ..... enjoy the chocolate !! XXXX

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  22. Love all the inspiring quotes... Today, I wear black rings true for me as well.
    See you soon and all the beauty heartfelt you inspire.

    Xx
    Dore

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    1. Here's to more blogging friendship in 2016 Dore. XXXX

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  23. I think you've just about summed up the perfect resolutions Jackie. But I'd make the chocci eating my priority!xx

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    1. Hi Debbie and many thanks for commenting.
      ..... choccy IS a priority !!!!! XXXX

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    2. Sorry Deb .... I thought that you were a different Deb as I think you've changed your photo and are now Debbie Blake !!!!! Is that right ? XXXX

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    3. Ooo noo! Sorry about that Jackie, It's that Google + messing everything up, I wish I never touched it now.
      I'm off to scoff some more chocs! ;-) xx

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  24. I used to make New Year Resolutions but I always broke them sooner or later so I don't bother any more. I just keep on doing more of the same and hoping I don't engineer too many screw-ups en route.

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    1. I'm very much the same Nick ...... I try to do everything in moderation.
      Thanks so much for popping in and commenting. It's lovely to ' meet ' new people. That's my favourite part of blogging. XXXX

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  25. Happy New Year dear Jackie!!
    Thanks SO much for visiting and leaving that message...it really did cheer me!
    Been a trying year health-wise last year,fingers crossed for 2016.
    I'm with you on the 'Stop buying things, our house is stuffed. The kids actually asked over Christmas, "Just how much would you be ok with going to house-clearance, you know.... when you're off whizzing about the stars!!"

    Biggest hugs to you Jackie, wrap up it's getting colder.
    Jane x

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    1. Wishing you a Happy, healthy and peaceful 2016 dear Jane. Will be looking out for your posts.
      It has certainly turned cold .... was waving goodbye to the family just now and there was a bitter wind blowing.... I guess it had to come sometime !!!!!
      Much love to you Jane. XXXX

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  26. I will know how to recognise you in black with your Afghan bangles Jackie and I will wear a hat, I will tell you the colour nearer the time! Hope you are enjoying War & Peace, second episode tonight but I wont be watching. Good luck later today, will Lineker be happy either way!

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    1. Yep Rachel ...... that will be me ...... black and silver.
      I am looking forward to War & Peace and will hand in my homework on chapter one later !! It's 1 - 1 at White Hart Lane as I type !!! XXXX

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  27. I adore your list ~ mine looks strangely similar but I vary my wardrobe colours! I have never read War & Peace either xoxo

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    1. Thank God for that Lori .... I thought that I was the only one who hadn't read it !!!! We have a new series of ' War & Peace ' on at the moment ..... I'm finding it a good way to get into it.
      I'm afraid that I'm obsessed with black ..... but, I like it !! XXXX

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  28. I love that one about the New Year! Well said.

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  29. BTW, I left a comment on your excellent "About me" post on blogging. Hope you get a chance to catch that.

    Such lovely photos here. I like your style.

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    1. Thanks again .... I have had a quick look at your blog but it was on my phone so I didn't get the full effect ..... will be over again soon. I read about the stained glass ..... I have done a course on stained glass and have a few friend's who do it. Thanks so much for your comments and for following .... it's always lovely to ' meet ' new friend's. XXXX

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