Until July 2017, documenting the seasons of coastal Dorset. I'm a complete amateur so don't trust I'm always right. If ever you see I'm wrong - whether with identifications or in anything else - do say! Meanwhile . . . I've now moved to Halifax in West Yorkshire. Click on the link below to collect the new URL. Don't forget to follow there!

Wednesday, 31 December 2008


There must have been a reason why I put this post back into draft. Or, maybe I didn't. Maybe there's a muddle and it's a duplicate. I can't remember! But it's annoying to arrive at a site looking for a post that isn't there (possibly even more annoying than arriving to find it is of no interest - or little) so I'll re-post it so, if you come to this page, you'll not find it missing.

Maybe I should take the opportunity to do a little time travelling and say 'Happy New Year' - whichever year you are in.

(This post was first written in 2008. I've added this note October 3rd 2012.)

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A very Happy New Year to all my blogging friends.
May we all be millionaires, live pain-free, healthy and happy lives,
With People to Care for and to Care for Us
Best Wishes for 2009!
The next proper post for Loose and Leafy (you know, with things to read!) will be on Monday 19th January - as long as I don't trip over a rock, fall down a hole, go bankrupt, get rabies, dissolve, ossify or . . . . . first.


Crafty Gardener said...

Best wishes for a safe, happy and prosperous New Year to you too Lucy.

Lucy said...

Thank you Linda.

One of the strange side effects of blogging means there are now so many things I do in ordinary life which remind me of blogging friends all over the world.

I never pick up a pair of knitting needles without thinking of you and of Heather at http://heathersdoodles.blogspot.com/ .

With best wishes for the year ahead.


Victoria said...

Happy new year, Lucy! Bring it on

Red Bridges Home said...

Lucy - Thank you for your comments and I hope a happy and prosperous New Year for you as well. One of my goals is to get my actual garden blog up and active. It fell into one of those started but not finished catagories. After our ice storm of 2007 killed ALL but one of my trees, I redid my whole yard, and made every garden mistake I could stumble on. I'm grateful for garden bloggers such as yourself and you all have taught me so much.


Philip Bewley said...

Happy New Year Lucy!
Wishing you all the best in 2009!


Lucy said...

Hello Victoria.

Yes! If only one could blow a fanfare and in came marching all the good things.

I think New Year comes at the wrong time of year. You wake up on January 1st and it's all disappointing because it's exactly the same as yesterday.

If we had it in the spring now . . . even February would do . . . there'd be a real chance of sensing 'newness'.

Best of all would be late August and the beginning of September. Back refresshed from holidays and ready for a new start.

September always reminds me of crisp, new and empty exercise books being handed round at school . . . opening the first page . . . eager to fulfill ones potential (including wonderfully neat handwriting!). It soon wore off but those first few moments were wonderful.

Best wishes for now - and for when your own year of resolutions kicks in.


Lucy said...

Deana - loosing all but one of your trees must have been terrible.

Now initial disappointments are passed, I hope your garden will spring back to life. Maybe even some of the mistakes will turn out to be good ideas after all. That would be good!


Lucy said...

Happy New Year Philip!


Ron Eklof said...

And a Happy 2009 to you, as well, Lucy.

Plant Mad Nige said...

The very best to you for 2009, Lucy! Looking forward to lots more of your inspiring pictures.

The Garden Faerie said...

Happy new year and good luck avoiding all those bad things you mention, especially ossifying!
~ Monica

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hi Lucy! Happy New Year to you also! I wish you a path free from holes and big old rocks..:)

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Hello Lucy - this comes with warm wishes that 2009 will be a good year for you.
Warm regards

Lucy said...

Happy New Year, Nigel.

One of the nice things about blogging is one has and excuse for taking photographs instead of helping with the washing up.


Lucy said...

Hello Monica - Happy New Year.

I live near the Jurassic Coast - where many osses have fied. I will avoid joining them if I can.


Lucy said...

Thanks Karen. I hope you have a wonderful 2009 as well.


Weeping Sore said...

Hope you have a great 2009, and to your wishes, I'd add: have a great time in your gardens - both real and virtual.

Lucy said...

Good additions to the list, Weeping Sore.

Happy New Year!


rosa said...

Is that clematis gone to seed? It makes me want to sneeze just looking at it!

Lucy said...

Hello Rosa

It's a wild clematis which we call 'Traveller's Joy' and 'Old Man's Beard'.

The flowers are small, cream coloured and, on the whole, unobtrusive amongst the luxuriance of the summer hedgerows.

But the seedheads are large, fluffy and unmissable, covering wide swaths of bushy undergrowth.

This photo makes it look cheerful but, in my mind, it is associated with long, Hardiesque trecks through frosty lanes under grey and dull skies.

Although I get hay-fever, I don't think this plant has ever made me sneeze.

Happy Epiphany (if that's the right greeting for today . . . I've never heard anyone say it but it seems right!).


this is my patch said...

Happy New Year Lucy. x

Lucy said...

Happy New Year to you, Louise (at This is My Patch).


catmint said...

today's the day ... looking forward to the next post as promised ...

Lucy said...

Hello Catmint - it's there.

I think the sun gets to you sooner than it does to me so your day probably began long ago!

(It' a quarter past six in the morning when I'm writing this!)

Looking forward to your comments on 'Blood and Buddleia'.