Christmas Around My Home – the last post for 2014

Christmas, table setting, hessian, white, naturalWhat a wonderful year 2014 has been! I will be taking a blog break until the new year, but i wanted to quickly say thank you to everyone who has encouraged and supported me throughout 2014. When i look back over the past year, i can honestly say that i can not remember a time when i was happier. The fresh new start at our property, Melancholy Hill, certainly set the tone for the rest of the year. unique christmas tree ribbonThe guesthouse has been a smashing success this year and with a few bookings already for 2015, i know the next year will be the same. Messages of thanks and happiness fill my guest book at RedAgape Guesthouse and i am so pleased to be able to share the beauty of Millthorpe with others.
DAS air dry clayI have had so many new opportunities to further improve my photography, styling and writing over the last 12months. Thank you to those who have trusted me to produce good work, despite my lack of formal qualifications. The experience i have gained over the last year has been priceless.
gift wrappingI have so much gratitude for a year of reasonably good health….something i NEVER take for granted. I am also extremely grateful for the good health of all those i hold dear. I hope this continues in 2015.
Christmas, table setting, natural,This year i have finally been able to feel some resolution about losing my mother last year. I think of her everyday and I’m grateful for the pain because it makes me determined to fill every moment with as much happiness and joy as i can muster.
clay stars for christmasI have loved watching three very special people, my children, grow a little more into totally inspiring human beings. They are so kind, thoughtful, bright and pure. I wish Mum could see how they’ve grown. I am unbelievably proud of them and everything they do.
Marble, wood, Christmas, white clayI have crossed paths with so many like minded people this year, who have encouraged me to follow my dreams and believe in myself a little more. It is so refreshing to be surrounded by creative and inspiring people who want me to succeed. Thank you to those people – you know who you are. xoxox
Christmas, table setting, decorating, stylingI also want to say goodbye to Ruby. Our dog of 15yrs was diagnosed with cancer on Saturday and sadly we had to put her to sleep. There were lots of tears on Saturday but we are consoled by the fact she has lived a long life and isn’t suffering anymore. The last year she spent at Melancholy Hill was probably her happiest too.
Christmas outdoorsFinally, Merry Christmas and a Happy new year to my readers. I am looking forward with great anticipation to 2015 – i have so much planned!!!



    • December 23, 2014 / 8:47 pm

      Thank you Glenda. Have a great holiday! 🙂

  1. December 27, 2014 / 7:02 am

    What a beaitiful post! I’ve loved reading your blog and watching it grow. I hope youve had a wonderful xmas xx kelly

    • January 1, 2015 / 12:33 pm

      Thanks so much Kelly! Thanks for your support. I’m looking forward to seeing what you get up to with your blog in 2015! Happy new year 🙂

  2. Robyn
    December 31, 2014 / 9:33 am

    Beautiful words Mandy and ever so lovely pics as usual. So sorry about your beloved Ruby. xxx Robyn

    • January 1, 2015 / 12:34 pm

      Thank you Robyn for all of your support and friendship in 2014. I have a good feeling about 2015 and I can’t wait to catch up with you more xo

  3. Jelena Anderson
    January 5, 2015 / 11:57 pm

    Oh I am only just reading this! I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Your beautiful posts are so lovely and uplifting I never would have guessed. I hope the New Year brings you and your family renewed vigor to face life’s challenges. I look forward to following your journey this year and being inspired by all the loveliness you create!

    • January 6, 2015 / 7:14 am

      Thank you Jelena. The tough times have really made me appreciate the good times more than ever. Thanks for visiting my little blog. It’s nice to see you here. 🙂

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