Marja-Leena Rathje
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hellos and goodbyes


Much greeting and hugging and then goodbyes have been a large part of our holidays as our family swelled from seven for Christmas Eve to nine on the 27th, then twelve for just a day on the 28th and down to six as of today. Several of us have been suffering some flu, which even yours truly of the cast-iron-tummy picked up on Boxing Day. It's been a bit of a struggle to be jolly and feed everybody. I've resolved to keep these last days of the year and first of the new very quiet and low-key with no more entertaining so that when some of us head back to work next week we'll be fully recovered.

Our sunny frosty weather was a wonderful Christmas gift. Husband indulged in a new camera lens for us both and has played with it, including capturing the above image of ice that I just love. I wished I'd had time and wellness to capture some of the hoar frost in the garden! I look forward to getting acquainted with it and will tell you more later.

Speaking of ice, you may recall some of my past photos of frost flowers or fractals (search). The other day while browsing a new-to-me blog by a resident of Gabriola Island (off Vancouver Island near Nanaimo), I was stunned by his/her photos of frost flowers that look like spun sugar. I've never seen anything like them, have you?

Soon, much too soon, we're into another year and leaving behind a decade called, what, the aughts, noughts, the 00's? Twenty-ten, twenty-eleven and on will roll a bit easier on our lazy tongues though still sound rather foreign to me. I plan to be back with a proper New Year's greeting but not with one of those long lists which I've been enjoying elsewhere. Just a simple goodbye and a hello.

Marja-Leena | 30/12/2009 | 7 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Culture, Home


Marja-Leena, so sorry to hear about the flu bug. Hope you are fully recovered by the time 2010 rings in. Thank you for a year of visual wonder and thought-provoking posts! Looking forward to the year ahead!

So sorry to hear you haven't been feeling 100% - get all better soon! We wish you a wonderful New Year, full of health, happiness, peace, inspiration and creativity. (And frost flowers! The Gabriola photos are amazing and totally new to me!)

rouchswalwe, thanks, I think I'm on the mend while the round robin has hit the next victim. And thanks always for your kind words and regular visits, so very appreciated. Let us hope for a better year coming up!

Beth, thank you and the same to you and J, may you continue to flourish in Montreal!

A happy, healthy and creative 2010 to you Marja-Leena, with inspiration around every corner and much more of your wonderful work.

Banish that flu!
Sending your good wishes for the New Year.

Black Pete, thanks, I think I'm all better now!

Natalie, your good wishes are happily received, and reciprocated, thank you!

hhb, it's gone! And a Happy New Year to you down under!