Sunday, December 18, 2011

♫ Happy trails to you ...

As you're reading this, we hope to be well on our way 'up north', having left the balmy south early yesterday morning in order to spend Christmas with family. We've traded shorts and sandals for boots and warm winter woollies. Tonight, if all goes well, we'll be sitting around the crackling wood stove. That will be a stark contrast to the scenes we savoured so recently.

Note: not only are we leaving the wonderful warm weather behind but we're also leaving the urban high-speed internet connection behind. For the next several weeks I will have to make do with a connection that is 400 times slower. I will likely have to restrict myself to doing the bare minimum online i.e. paying bills. I'm doubtful that I'll be able to post, let alone visit anyone's blog during this time.

If that's the case, then I want to wish each and every one of you a Blessed Christmas, and peace and joy in 2012.

Till we meet again ...


23 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Thanks for the wishes. I trust that time spent with family will enrich your soul. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Roberto Machado Alves said...

Two beautiful photos. Splendid colors. Thank you for sharing them.
Thanks for the wishes too.

Amelia's De-ssert said...

Hi Rick, thanks for the amazing photos. Looks beautiful and gorgeous.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and family.
Enjoy your trip and have fun.

P/s I'd posted the tiramisu crepe cake recipe for you in my blog. Visit when you're free.

Carolyn Ford said...

beautiful shots of the 'warm and wonderful' places in the south...be safe and happy holidays to you and yours, too!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Wonderful sentiments, Rick. Hope you enjoy your vacay. See you soon.

Riet said...

Hallo Rick. Merry Christmas !
Riet

imac said...

May your colder days be full of glee,
With smiling happy family to see,
Do have a Merry Christmas Day,
And all your wishes comes your way.

Good Luck Rick.

Scott said...

Thanks for leaving us with these beautiful scenes, but I hope you are able to get some reasonably fast Internet somewhere. Have you tried McDonalds? :-)

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Must be bitter sweet to leave the glorious weather for a cold Christmas! Safe travels!

becky said...

Safe travels, Rick, & wishing you & your family a wonderful Christmas!

Lisa RedWillow said...

Have the Most Beautiful Blessed Christmas Rick.
Stunning images. Lovely each and everyone .

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

thanks so much for the wishes.

gorgeous sunset shots!!

have a great week ahead!

Dawn said...

I hope you had a safe and uneventful journey back north. It's not too chilly back home I hope;)

Have a wonderful Christmas Rick, and a good time making memories with your family.

Soraia Brito said...

Beautiful photos! :D

Marty said...

Rick, retour dans le froid ! oh my god ! but christmas without snow et froid is not vraiment Noël ! it's so nice au coin du feu qui craque ! non?? si si !!! JOYEUX CHRISTMAS et je wish que 2012 sera une belle année for you and your family !
I send you a box of bisous chocolatés for christmas !!

Tim Rice said...

Hope you have a merry Christmas, too! Beautiful photos!

Minusca said...

May this merry season touch your home with laughter... this giving season fill the earth with kindness... this special season wrap the world in love. Have a wonderful holiday!
kiss

lisa said...

Travel safe my friend, and have a very Merry Christmas!

Lúcia said...

The second shot is great!
Happy Holidays Rick! ;-)

teca said...

What spectacular images! Looking suddenly I had the impression that the bird was walking on the water...
You're super, honey!!! :))

Lots of sweet beijos.

Rick said...

Thank you Ruth - I trust your Christmas was a blessed one, even with some sad memories. God bless you in 2012.

Thank you, Roberto - all the best for the new year. Happy photographing !

Hi Amelia. Thanks for your visits and kind words - AND your recipes ! As soon as my internet allows I'll be over to visit (and get a few more !). Happy new year !

Thank you Carolyn ! I hope you have a great 2012 !

Rick said...

Thank you, Laura. I hope your Christmas time was good.

Hi Riet - gelukkig nieuw jaar !

Thank you, Stewart - a bit of the bard in you, I see. I hope you're enjoying this festive season.

Thank you, Scott. I hope to be back in the warmth very soon, enjoying it and the high speed internet there. We're promised a high(er) speed satellite service when we return here in spring (my fingers are crossed !).

Rick said...

Thank you, Elizabeth. Yes, a little bittersweet but snow scenes can also be very pretty. I hope you had a good Christmas (in your new place ?).

Thank you very much, Becky. I hope yours was as wonderful as ours was - we had all our kids and grandkids over (now we just need to recover ;-)

Hello Lisa - thank you so much for your visits and warm words. Our Christmas was blessed, and I trust yours was too - peace and joy in 2012.

Thank you Betty. Our Christmas was great as I hope yours was. Enjoy this last week of the year, and all the best for 2012.