Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Hello again, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and saw the New Year in with a bang!

We had a festive family time at my parent’s new house over in the wild and rugged Hereford countryside, which made a delightful refreshing change from the usual lively London life. It was meant to be a small affair but look at all the beautiful wrapped prezzies sitting there were beneath the most tastefully decorated christmas tree ever in our family history as yet (it was thanks to Dad this year, and the novel idea of colour coordination, none the less…!)

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We gorged on delicious local home cooked food and had many a long rambling walk taking in the beautiful sights and scenery to explore the new area, in an effort to also try and undo some of the affects of the previous activities!

We then headed up north (which involved a rather eventful road trip but we all made it there in one piece eventually!) for a bigger family gathering to celebrate the New Year with fun festivities, fine wine, food, and fantastic fireworks – all in the setting of the stunning Edinburgh Castle no less! IsabelEelesEdinburghCastleNewYear2014-15

It was a magical setting, Edinburgh certainly knows how to do Hogmanay in style, the atmosphere built all day and to top it off, the firework display did not disappoint at all. They were going off all over the place, both above and below us, it really was a truly overwhelming sight, I’ve never been so close to fireworks before and it was deafening, and lit up the face of those watching nearby as if it was daylight!

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And the fabulous finale – I couldn’t fit it all in the frame! Certainly one to remember.IsabelEelesNewYear2014-15Edinburgh

Below is the Eeles family clan and friends causing havoc outside the castle gates as we’d come out from dinner to gather around midnight for the best way to kick off the New Year.

IsabelEelesEdinburghCastleFamilyNewYear2014-15A huge thank you must go to my Uncle and Aunty for hosting and doing a most wonderful job of hosting us all at Gogar Bank house (and making it look too easy – I think more then 25 of us slept there one night!) and providing food, entertainment and jollity for us all ending 2014 in true style.

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I want to fully reflect on the last year and make some plans for the coming 12 months but I think that will need a completely separate post, I started compiling a list and it got very long and complicated surprisingly quickly…!

*All photos taken on my iPhone so apologies for the dodgy quality!
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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