Sunday, January 2, 2011

Heading Out Into A New Year

Heading Out Into a New Year

They seem much too much of a folly and too prone to fail, so I never make New Years resolutions. If I find myself thinner or richer by the end of the year, I am certainly pleased, to be sure, but it’s way too much pressure to resolve to be either of those things in January. However, I do believe in fresh starts and second chances and when it comes to this blog, I thought perhaps a redesign might be in order, a fresh look for a fresh new year.
But what?

Maybe a new background colour?
But, I sort of like this one.
Let’s see.... a new profile picture?
But that smile of Edward’s! How could I change that?
Perhaps a new direction?
More critique, less whimsy? More reporting, less caprice?
Ummm, I don’t know.

To be honest, the more I considered the idea of a change, the more I rebelled at the thought. I mean, well, this blog is me I suppose, so I’d best stay true to form.
I will hint that there are some opportunities for adventure coming in this fresh new year, some “close your eyes and jump” sort of days. I am trying out some different writing outside of this blog and I’ll keep you all posted on that, I’m sure. I have a whopper of a trip coming in February that I’ll let you all in on soon.
But for now, Edward will continue to scamper through these pages.
Good will and Beauty shall reign.
I plan to keep sharing my favourites, be they books or films, music or shoes.
I shall keep believing at least six impossible things before breakfast, and encouraging you all to do the same.
And I will continue to be grateful, immensely so, for all the sweet people who stop by and say hello each and every day.

It’s difficult for me to believe that I’m still blogging after two and a half years! Who knew the ideas would keep coming? Who knew anyone would read them if they did? Your comments and emails are dear to me. I thank you all so much and it is my wish that each and every one of you wake up to a beautiful new year, full of kindness and love.
May the words of this glorious poem by that natural genius, Mary Oliver, be the good spell that is cast over all the days of this year.

Why I Wake Early

Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who made the morning
and spread it over the fields
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories,
and into the windows of, even, the
miserable and the crotchety –
best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light –
good morning, good morning, good morning.
Watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness.

Edward and I wish you a wonderful New Year!


  1. Yay! I love your blog just the way it is! :)

  2. And the very same to you. Looking forward to new thoughts and adventures shared in the coming year.

  3. Oh, Pamela, please don't change your blog! I love seeing Edward's smiling face when I race each day to see if you posted new and beautiful thoughts. You have become a star in each of my days. Thank you for the joy you have brought to me this year. My wishes for you and Edwrd and the Songwriter and Apple are Joy, Health and Peace in 2011.

  4. What lovely photos and words you have.Enchanting,just what I like.This has been my first few months of blogging,people like you have made it so much fun.I hope this next year will find you shimmering glimmering and shinning .Denise

  5. Best wishes for a warm and woolly 2011! xx

  6. My very Best of the New Year to you Pamela and Edward and not to forget the Songwriter! Cheers!

  7. Unless truly and deeply inspired to change...there's no need for it! To many perfectly perfect things change in this world, whether it be a favorite bra, lipstick, website or blog...and I'd rather see what is wonderful already, stay that way (creative license excluded from that thought though). ;)

    Happy New Year to your whole household! I'm so looking forward to reading about your 2011 adventures and inspirations, and thank you for all from 2010.
    xo J~

  8. Happy New Year to you, Edward and The Songwriter !
    Your blog shall be as it is, it's so good that way !


  9. I look forward to your writings; you are very creative. However, whatever it is that you choose to do, then by all means do it. Run with it, if you so desire.

    Please give a hug to Edward; I love his smile.
    Best Regards for a brilliant New Year!

  10. Don't change a thing, we love you just the way you are! But there's always room for new opportunities! Looking forward to seeing what's in store for you in 2011!

  11. . . . and a Happy New Year to you and Edward as well!

    I will read your words no matter what you do, but, I do hope you will continue in this manner I am accustomed to, selfish girl that I am. Your posts are always inspiring and thought provoking and, well, there really is no one out "there" who writes quite like you do, and I do love to hear of Edward's adventures (especially those dang chipmunks).

    I love both of these photos, but, ah, that first one of you and your path and that luscious shawl are simple beautiful. Thank you for sharing such beauty.

  12. And a wonderful New Year to you too, Pamela!

  13. Hello Pamela and Edward,
    I'm new to your blog,found it just last week. It's wonderful reading and beautiful to look at all the photos. I hope to read through the whole thing some lazy weekend. Happy New Year to all in Edward's house.

  14. Read, many years ago, the more we go inward the more we outwardly connect.

    Excited to learn about your writing outside of your blog.

    Happy New Year.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  15. What a beautiful picture! Your path in life is a journey I am grateful you share with us. I truly enjoy your blog and can't wait to see what new adventures you have coming your way.

    I just stumbled upon a quote by Audrey Hepburn that is so motivating... "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'M Possible." I'm wishing you, "the Songwriter" and fluffy Edward all the very best for a wonderful New Year!

  16. Best wishes for the new year for you, Edward, the Songwriter and Apple - may you keep writing and inspiring each and every day of 2011!! Every kindness to all...

  17. NO! Please don't change a thing! Your blog is refreshingly different, stunningly beautiful, almost regal (thanks to Edward.)
    And my goodness, where was that photo taken? It looks like Scotland or Ireland, certainly not any place I've ever known in Georgia!

  18. Yes, please! Please keep your blog as it is, or as nearly as you can & still feel you love it as we do. Only... in addition, I would love to receive it in bound form as well, printed on handmade paper please. (as I've oft said! del'd by Edward himself!)

    Yes, please! I'd like to know where the photo was taken as well!


  19. Don't you dare change a thing! Just continue to be your lovely wonderful self, and let us enjoy reading about your and Edward's adventures through life. Much love!

  20. Hello Pamela

    I love your blog as is--so please do not change a thing!
    I wish you and yours a very happy 2011.

    Tracy :)

    PS: Are you planning another trip to Scotland??

  21. I understand the desire to change...especially
    because you are so creative. I love your blog and seeing you and Edward brings such joy and smiles to me.
    What ever you decide is fine. I know it is and will be fabulous.
    Thank you <3

  22. Happy , happy New Year to you Pamela....I look forward to all you will write this year...whatever shape and colour it may be...xv

  23. Dear Pamela,
    Yes, adventure awaits us every day
    but this year will be special, I think.
    Your blog is splendid as it is. Very rich and thoughtful.
    Anyway wishing you all good things in the coming year and big pats for Edward and Apple.

  24. Hi Pamela! Findind your blog has been a true treasure! It is beautiful, as is your writing, not to mention that fabulous Edward!!!

    Hope you'll stop by and see my New Years INSPIRATIONS (as opposed to resolutions) ... I've a doggy Edward might want to be freinds with : )

    Happy Delightful, Adventure-filled New Year!!!

    ~ Violet

  25. Keep the whimsy and caprice, and Edwards smiling face. Keep writing your thoughtful and beautiful stories, and keep putting on the wonderful pictures. Change is good, but we don't want to lose what we are have been enjoying. Happy New Year to you and your family. From me and Samson my Siberian Husky.

  26. I love Mary Oliver!

    So no wonder I love your Blog!

  27. Ah Pamela (and Edward)... beautiful in every way, shape and form. Lovely photos, lovely sentiment, lovely wishes for all.

    Your blog is one of my treasures; I am so pleased you plan to continue on in the same manner. I will also be watching with great interest to learn what shape these "different writings" will take, so please do let us know.

    And I will be very excited to hear about the WHOPPER of a trip!!

    Peace to you and the song writer and your wonderful four footed friends. Happy 2011!!

  28. I hope you do not change a thing on your blog Pamela..I love it just the way it is. I loved seeing your photo today and that beauiful cape you are wearing. I have a weakness for them...all the time. I saw one yesterday as we were leaving Dublin airport. It was in the House of Ireland shop and I think you would have loved it too. I have gone a bit weak at the knees for irish tweed and all that follows :)
    I look forward to hearing more about this impending trip and send you, Edward and the Songwriter best wishes for a most adventuresome year. I have a feeling you are destined for it :)

    Jeanne xx

    PS..I discovered your talented Songwriter's album on it. I have a weakness too for anything that rings of folk music and it was most definetly music to my ears. I think a little adjustment to my itunes playlist is definitely in order :)

  29. Pamela, One of the best things about last year was discovering the blog world and in particular some really creative, interesting well-written blogs. Yours is top of my list. Whatever you do, wherever you take us will be a fun, thought provoking journey. I look forward to your narrative in 2011. Happy New Year and a Big Thanks to You.

  30. We keep coming back here because we love your blog as it is!! We love your writing, your artist's spirit and we love Edward.
    May 2011 bring you all you wish


  32. Sounds like you have a bright year ahead of you, Pamela. Stay true to yourself. You are unique. Best wishes for a Happy 2011.

  33. Dear Pamela,
    Oh, I find change so difficult. It took me months to change my header !! ..... although, I think that I am getting a little better at it. To me, your blog is beautiful in its look and in it's content, but, if you change it, I know that I will love it !!
    It sounds as if you have a few things going on in the New Year and I wish you well with them.
    Wishing you , the Songwriter, Edward and Apple the most wonderful 2011 filled with joy, happy times and new beginings. Thank you so much for all of your comments and support throughout 2010. With much love. XXXX

  34. Dearest Pamela,

    All I can say is keep you and Edward upfront at all times. You are too beautiful to hide and he is sublimely handsome.

    Happy, happy new year, and, again, thank you for your beautiful blog -- beautiful in prose, pictures and sentiments.

  35. I don't know who's hair is prettier, yours or Edwards! Anyway, I would keep things as they are. I often think of switching my header or rearranging my blog, but I like it too much the way it is, so why fix what isn't broken.

  36. Wow, I love that photo of you by the sea cliff. Is that Scotland? Don’t change anything on your blog – it’s just right as it is, always a comforting place to visit. Happy New Year, Pamela and Edward!

  37. Glad your blog is staying as it is - it is perfect. Happy New Year.

  38. If it ain't broke, don't go fixin' it! No need to overhaul if it's not true to your own spirit. I found I needed one after a long break in blogging just to get me excited once again.

    I wish you and Edward a healthy and happy New Year!


  39. ...i love your blog as it is.....who said things have to change?...have a wonderful new year dear pamela and that first picture taken in scotland..xx

  40. Wishing you a fabulous New Year
    Hugs Lynn xxx

  41. I think your blog is just perfect as it is. And Edward is such a presence!

  42. "Good will and Beauty shall reign.", I love it, this will be a mantra for the new year!
    Wishing you good will, beauty and blessings in 2011,

  43. Please pass on my congratulations to the Songwriter for such a wonderful Christmas song which was played over and over. His voice is mesmerizing. What a fantastic couple you are, plus Edward too...

  44. Any design changes you make....I will love, but none are really necessary because your blog is always beautiful Pamela!

    Happiest of New Years to you, the Songwriter, Edward and Apple. Looking forward to hearing about your big trip!

  45. Happy new year to you! May it be blessed and filled with moments of magic x

  46. Some words from a song came into my head as I read your post - can't remember what it's called but has the line 'I love you just the way you are' - every best wish from me to you and Edward for a wonderful and delightful 2011:)

  47. Dear Pamela, I say if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Your blog is perfect as it is. Wishing you an amazing 2011 xx

  48. I love the top photo, would love to walk there each day.
    I look forward eagerly to your 2011 posts.
    Happy New Year Pamela.

  49. Joyous New Year to you. I have loved my first visit to you writing is so relaxing :)

    Thank you..I shall be back often.

  50. One must go with the flow of life taking inspiration when it is presented intuitively or on a whim. Your blog is just fine as I see it.

    Happy New Year and may it bring happiness and new paths.

  51. Happy New Year to you dear Pamela...and please ...Don't change a thing! I love every little thing about your blog:)

  52. Well said Pamela. I think I run similarly. Change makes me a bit unsettled!! How wonderful about your upcoming trip and new creative directions. I wil most certainly be staying tuned.:) A wonderful New Year ahead to you, the Songwriter, Edward and Apple!


  53. Don't...change...a...thing...!!!

    Love your background colour, it allows your photos, art and stories to stand out. Love Edward's can't change a classic. Everything about your blog is soothing.

    PLEEESE leave it be.

  54. Every best joy;
    every best happiness;
    every best expectation.
    Every best dream;
    every best thought;
    every best kindness.
    Every best hope;
    every best wish;
    I hope for you, Pamela and Edward, in 2011.

  55. Dear Pamela, don't ever stop your whimsical writing. I for one would be bereft without the possibility that another of your wonderful posts would pop up.

    A very Happy New year to you and your Songwriter, to edward and Apple and all and any under your roof.

    Hugs and Blessings . . . Arija

  56. Don't you change a thing; you or Edward.

    I think your blog and all content are absolutely perfect.

    Happy New Year from one who does not make resolutions either. x Deb


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