Wednesday, 30 December 2015

WOYWW 343 - Happy New Year

So, we're meeting at Julia's for the last WOYWW  this year - I really don't know where the weeks - let alone the whole of 2015 - go...  I hope you all have had a lovely Christmas celebrating however you do, and like me, eaten far too much...

Let's take you back to my workspace on Christmas morning...
 a little pile of gifts waiting to be opened...











I was spending Christmas here at home again this year, not at my brother's; so it was destined to be very quiet - but on the plus side, I got to retain control of the remote for the tv!
The new (replacement) computer is behaving very well and I was amazed how speedily the photos transferred from the camera!
Whilst lunch (roast beef, my favourite) was cooking, I opened the presents...

a box of Prima goodies and some Sheena Douglas stencils from my brother and sister-in-law (she's a crafter too, so knows the kind of thing I like) some L'Occitane toiletries, (and some money) from the boss; some more toiletries, and a guide to Windows 10 from the girls at work.. which is very useful!

Most of these have now been gathered up and moved elsewhere, and I hope to have some crafty playtime before I go back to work next week but at the moment I have a stinking cold so am not doing much right now apart from blowing my nose and sneezing!




I did go to Kew on Monday, (photos here) as my cold hadn't fully arrived at that time and spent a couple of hours in the mild winter sunshine... counting myself lucky not to be affected by the awful flooding in the northern part of the country (and more to come by all accounts).  My friend Emma lives in York but luckily her home is safe, although a friend of hers has been flooded out. Emma has had to get a lift to dry ground to get to work, by mountain rescue boat once or twice though when the roads were closed....

Here's wishing you all a very healthy and happy New Year, may 2016 bring you much peace and well being.  See you at a desk near here very soon!



32 comments:

Nikki C said...

Great presents and what a cute mini charm box that's so adorable
and lots of other goodies to enjoy too :) hugs Nikki ??
Have a Happy and Safe New Years too

Patsy Paterno said...

Your post reminds me that I need a new laptop! Oooh! What a lot of fun you'll have with your new gifts! Happy new year! Patsy

Neet said...

Fab presents and what a treat to have total control of a tv remote over Christmas. Most of our programmes were taped on Christmas Day as I don't think our taste and that of son and dil are quite the same.
All the very best for 2016 and hope that cold flies off soon.
Hugs, Neet 4 (hot drinks and rest are the only cure)

brenda said...

Not sure where 2015 went either Helen, seems to have gone by in a blur.

Happy New Year to you lets wish for an increase in goals in 2016.

B x

brenda said...

Not sure where 2015 went either Helen, seems to have gone by in a blur.

Happy New Year to you lets wish for an increase in goals in 2016.

B x

Twiglet said...

Hope your cold gets better soon. Happy New Year. x Jo

Lunch Lady Jan said...

What a fab pile of prezzies...isn't it lovely when you get such thoughtful things? I was fortunate in that way too...by the way, I'm also a l'Occitane fan!! Hope your cold gets better very soon and may 2016 be a fab year for you, lovely gal!
Hugs, LLJ 8 xxx

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

What a great lot of pretties you received for christmas! You were a very lucky girl! Happy New Year to you!
Glenda #23

Christine said...

What smashing presents and I like the girls at work humour!!!
Considering I am a crafter and migraine sufferer most of my presents were chocolates - good job Peter can eat them!!!
Popping over to look at your Kew photos .....

Happy New Year!
Christine

Bishopsmate #26

Anne said...

Get well soon and I hope you get time/ feel up to crafting soon. Happy New Year Anne x #17

Annie said...

I'm rather late doing my visits today but am feeling rather poorly. I just want to wish all my blogging friends a wonderful New Year and lets hope it's a happy healthy one full of crafty fun for us all.
Hugs,
Annie x #25

Julia Dunnit said...

Ooh L'Occitane ....lovely. Great pile of gifts, you have obviously been good! Sorry about the cold, we've succumbed too, cancelled everything and am now at the point of being cross at the days I've wasted feeling rubbish! hope you're feeling better soon!

CraftygasheadZo said...

I do hope you are feeling better today. I did chuckle at the computer comments because I know how slow your old one must seem now. Your Kew photos are always stunning. Wishing you & yours a very happy New Year. Take care Zo xx 30

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Helen, hoping you are starting to feel better now. Indeed, it is awful for all those poor people, many flooded out more than once.Fab pressies, I love practical gifts! Have a great week, and a Happy, peaceful New Year from us to you & yours. Hugs, Shaz #28 xxxx

Carole said...

How nice to have presents and control of the tv. Be well Happy New Year! Carole 33

Sharon said...

Lovely presents! I do hope you feel better. No fun being off work and feeling too poorly to do much of anything! Your Kew trip looks like fun - love the peacock. What beautiful colours they have!

Diana Taylor said...

Lovely pressies, and isn't it nice when you get them from people on the same wave length as you and know just what you like - hope you enjoy using your new crafty stuff once you are over your sniffles.
Get well soon, and many thanks for stopping by my desk earlier.
Happy New Year,
Diana #18

Tilly Tea Dance said...

Hope you're on the mend soon! Lovely bundle of christmas goodies you've got there, it's great getting prezzies from people who understand your crafty interests well. I grew up in York so have been watching all the footage and hoping all my old school friends have escaped the floods. Best wishes for 2016. Happy crafting, Max #32 :-)

butterfliecrafter said...

Lucky you for getting crafting supplies as a gift. Wishing you a happy and creative New Year. butterfliecrafter #11

butterfly said...

Sorry to hear your cold is clinging on - so frustrating over Christmas, and I hope you get some crafting time to play with your new goodies before you have to go back to work.

Wishing you a wonderful 2016!
Alison xx

Elizabeth said...

Hi Helen, so sorry to hear you have a stinking cold - so unfair to get one when you are on holiday! Nice pressies - your going to have fun with the Prima goodies and the stencils. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Happy New Year to you and yours. Elizabeth x #37

Sue said...

Helen, Looks like you had lovely gifts and also useful. i must get Windows 10 for Dummies:)

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Happy WOYWW
Sue #12

Angela Radford said...

Great collection of gifts you have there. I love the Diummies books they are so useful. Thanks for the visit to mine. Sending you big New Year Hugs, Angela xXx 16

Diane Baker-Williams said...

Helen, hope by now your cold is going away so you can have some fun crafty time with your gifts. Thank you for the visit earlier. Happy new year. Diane # 20

A Place for Kia said...

I am new to WOYWW and having a look at everyone's desks - so fun, it's like being s snoop!
Take care of your cold, Cheers

Kia

Peg Robinson said...

Oh my you poor thing. colds can take so much energy and sap your strength. And sap your strength. Wishing you a healthy new year Peg 38

April Story said...

It sounds like you had a nice quiet Christmas. We had the same. I hope you have an awesome new year.
April #44

Laura said...

Dear Helen, I do hope you get over your cold quickly. In fact, I think the cold should stay behind when the new year begins! Lovely pile of gifts . . . Thanks for your visit, happy WOYWW, and happy New Year! ~ Laura #41

Kyla said...

Ooh Sheena douglass goodies....nice present.
Hope you had a lovely Christmas and new year
Kyla #31

okienurse said...

Looks like you got some fun stuff for Christmas! I hope you get to feeling better so you can play with them! I tried to talk my DH into staying home on Christmas Day instead of going up to the daughter's house and I could have prevented the fall but...I also wouldn't have seen the grandies either. Speaking of husband. His grandfather was a gardener at Kew Gardens and left to come to the states in 1850. We talked to the office at Kew to try and find out why he emigrated to the states and found out he had trouble with the Latin names of plants and left because of it. When he came to the US he floated around until he became the head gardener at Lindenwood Cemetery in Ft. Wayne, IN where he stayed till his death. Lindenwood has been compared to Kew (in a small way) and is on the register for historic places in the US. Thanks for visiting my desk this week! Vickie #46

glitterandglue said...

What lovely gifts you received for Christmas, Helen. I hope your cold hasn't stopped you enjoying them for too long, and that you are now well on the way to recovery.
Take care. God bless in 2016.
Margaret #6

JoZart Quilts said...

Just popping in to wish you a happy, healthy, peaceful, creative 2016.
lots of love
Jo x