Elegant Rose

Sunday, 22 December 2013

A Joyful Noel...

If, as Herald we fill our lives with things and again with things, if we consider ourselves
so unimportant that we must fill every moment of our lives with action, when will we have 
time to make the long, slow journey across the desert as did the Magi
Or sit and watch the stars as did the shepherds?
Or brood over the coming of the child as did Mary....
~ For each of us, there is a desert to travel..
A star to find and a being within our selves to bring to life...

( Taken with kindness from Simple Abundance)

Three more sleeps to go...
~ We have been taking time out to just be this weekend...
~ Amongst all of the business of planning, schedule, ritual and
We took a little retreat!

We have been here...

The Lake side Hotel......
Newby Bridge
On Lake Windermere...

The most amazing view from our room window...
~ We found escape in the scenery and walks here....
Just beautiful!

Mr Rosey Tinted Spectacles took his training shoes of course...
~ and ran those surrounding hills....
He finds his peace and calm by this
 and asks for nothing else but to run and run some more...
( a little like Forrest Gump)

He will even run on Christmas day, you know!

Contemplating a run?

I found my calm by nature...
I always do...
We both certainly recharged our batteries...

The biggest blessing was really this though...
~ When we returned back home Dean was there, safe and sound...

The best Christmas present...
All together for the Christmas break...

In just 'Two' nights time it is my most favourite night of the year...
Christmas Eve..
Then all the magic begins...

I would like to Wish you all the blessings and indeed trimmings 
of the season as you prepare for your own special time to
celebrate with your dear loved ones....

Have a Joyful Noel, dear blog friends...
~ And Thank You, dear Willie for Christmas gifts for all my 
They loved them, they really did!
Most especially Willow!
We both know Christmas is for kitties too!
It just is...

You are indeed the kindest of kind!
Twinkles and Christmas blessings
Maria x


  1. I'm sure your Christmas will be full of magic Maria - enjoy x Jane

  2. Yes! Definitely! Christmas Eve...,.
    When l was a boy...We and another Italian family,
    eight of us in all, would spend the day together, and,
    then, prepare for the evening!
    We would all go to mid-night mass, what an atmosphere!
    Candles...Carols...Some people unable to stand up straight!
    HeHe! Great....AND....The mass in all in Latin....!
    Different now! Shame!

    And..The photo of you with the ducks Maria.....HeHe!
    Loads of 'captions' came to mind....But, it's Christmas...
    Hope that was sage and onion in that bag.....! :>)))))).
    And, l chuckled at the sea-gull, at the back there....Not
    being able to get a look in.....

    And, Dean home.....What could be better...Lovely!
    I'll be running on Christmas day to!
    Round and round a field....Throwing a ball for my daughters
    Staffy's...I'm usually the only idiot in the park, doing any running! :).

    Sooooo! Don't think it can be said to many times.....
    Happiest Christmas to one and all.....Especially to the lovely ladies and
    their lovely Blogs.....I do love reading them....Over and Over! HeHe!
    I know l go on a bit.....But! Hey! I'm a Sicilian.....! (That's my excuse anyway).
    God Bless! AND....Really have a great time.....! x

    1. God bless you too, Willie! Have fun ...And have the merriest Christmas ever.....

  3. That break sounds like just the perfect way to start your Christmas festivities......have a wonderful time with those you love :) x

  4. Merry Christmas to you too Maria, and glad you enjoyed your little break, it looks fabulous! So nice that Dean was waiting for you, we're looking forward to having all our brood under one roof too ... Something under my tree for you, we'll have a post Christmas get-together, will be something to look forward to once it's all over xxxx

    Love Claire xx

    1. I have some thing for you too!
      ~ Sounds lovely, Mrs Thriftwood..

  5. Sounds and looks like a wonderful break. Have a perfect Christmas.

  6. Maria it looks the perfect place for a pre christmas pick me up. Wonderful! Hope you and yours have the most wonderful magical time ever this year. Yes, Christmas eve has to be the best day of the year, such anticipation and excitement.Enjoy XX

  7. Smashing post as always. Thanks for all of your cheery and heart warming posts through the year.
    Have a lovely time with your friends and family.
    Bright blessings

    Jean x

  8. Love that quote! And have done ever since I first read Simple Abundance. May we all remember the truth in it and slow down! I'm a new visitor for Christmas: nice to meet you!

  9. This is all so sweet! Have a Merry Christmas!

  10. Such a beautiful post Maria, and how lovely to arrive home to find Dean waiting for you.
    I wish you all a perfectly wonderful Christmas, filled with love and happiness.
    Fondest wishes from my home to yours xx

  11. So glad to see that your happy Christmas Time has already started.
    Have a lovely holiday, sweet Maria!

  12. Υοu look so beautiful and happy, it must have been a wonderful esacape...I would like to thank you for your friendship Maria and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
    Many hugs from me, Olympia

  13. What a lovely spot by the lake.
    Beautiful shots of you and Mr Rosey Tinted Spectacles :)
    Isn't nature so very soothing ,
    we definitely share that love of nature in common !
    So glad to hear Dean is home and on the mend surrounded by love .
    Give Miss Olivia my best .
    Blessings to you and yours .
    Merry Merry,
    ( A little tribute in my post today for your kindness, you are such a sweet soul truly)

  14. What a beautiful post and what a special blog you have, Maria. I am so glad Willow mentioned you. Makes me wonder how many gorgeous blogs there are out there that one will never see. I am now your latest follower and looking forward to visiting here many times in the year to come. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  15. Simply beautiful Maria..
    A great photo of you and Mr. Rose tinted spectacles.. You feeding the ducks..
    What a treat that Dean is home..
    Thank you for all your lovely comments over these years..
    its been wonderful always so wonderful to read your posts.. your love shines through.
    god bless and have a wonderful blessed christmas..
    val x x x x x x

  16. Food for thought and a wonderful post...a Merry Christmas to you

  17. How lovely to escape together to such a delightful hotel, the views look amazing.It';s a lovely picture of you both looking very relaxed. Have a wonderful Chistmas.
    Sarah x

  18. What a wonderful break, you look so happy together, glad you managed to spoil yourselves and enjoy
    Yuletide Greetings and Winter wishes .. my special friend
    Hope you a magical time with your precious little family
    Thea xx

  19. I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year xxx

  20. Hope your Christmas is happy and everything you would like it to be. xx

  21. Merry Christmas to you dear Maria,
    from Italy
    Love Susy ♥

  22. What a wonderful retreat! You look so lovely amongst the ducks! My man loves to run too, every other day without fail ...
    So glad you have Dean home safe and sound ... enjoy your Christmas together dear one and I send you every wish for the happiest of new year's. M xxIi

  23. Lakeside is such a wondeful place and most certainly a place to recharge those batteries. I too love with a runner, he would run all day every day if he could. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and best rushes for a happy and healthy new year xxx

  24. Lovely photos Maria looks like a perfect time at lakeside ! Hope you have a wonderful family Christmas time ! Gail x

  25. What a lovely place to spend some time. :) Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. x