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December 20, 2012

all is calm, all is bright | farewell 2012

The time has come! It's the end of the year, the beginning of the holidays, and I couldn't be more happy about it. I'm planning on reading a few books, spending some quality time with family and friends, treating my hair to regular doses of salt from the sea, probably gaining a few more freckles, and generally making merry. I flew home last night and I've already spent time with Dad up in the Wairarapa, played a few carols on the piano, caught up with an uncle and a cousin.. and the weather has been warm, so warm for this summer solstice day (that may or may not be the end of the world). 

I wanted to take this time to thank each and every one of you who take the time to follow along with my blogging journey - I truly appreciate and value each and every one of your comments. I hope your holiday season is kind, relaxed, happy and joyful; and if you're in the Northern Hemisphere, fingers crossed for a white Christmas! For me, I'll be contemplating whether or not a river swim is in order, and hopefully basking in the sun. I'm signing off until the New Year (will be back with lots of recipes early January) - have a very happy one. In the meantime, please enjoy my December playlist - not too Christmassy, don't worry - and my favourite results of a black and white film I recently developed. 

Arohanui, namaste.. xx


1. the submarines - birds
2. bob dylan - little drummer boy
3. vampire weekend - cape cod kwassa kwassa
4. iva lamkum - black eagle
5. 17 hippies - el dorado
6. the magic numbers - take a chance
7. lcd soundsystem - movement
8. ben howard - keep your head up
9. mariah carey - o holy night
10. cary brothers - blue eyes
11. okkervil river - a girl in port
12. bic runga - birds
13. she & him - christmas wish
14. beach house - childhood
15. band of horses - is there a ghost
16. bing crosby - medley: what child is this/the holly and the ivy
17. neutral milk hotel - in the aeroplane over the sea
18. coheed & cambria - always & never
19. ella fitzgerald - have yourself a merry little christmas
20. explosions in the sky - postcard from 1952
21. local natives - sun hands
22. the beach boys - cotton fields
23. the brian jonestown massacre - somewhere
24. bing crosby - mere kalikimaka (merry christmas)


  1. A very happy Christmas to you too! x

  2. Enjoy your time at home! Sounds like it will be a wonderful vacation - I plan on reading many books as well!

  3. i really like the feel of these photos their simple and deep all at the same time...just as christmas time should be.

    ps. thank you for your very sweet comments on little scout's birth.


  4. Happy holidays and great playlist. x

  5. Sigh- these photos are just so wonderful. Been meaning to download one of your playlists, and this seems the perfect fit for winter. It's been so wonderful getting to know you over the last few months of 2012, and I look forward to following your journey in 2013 and beyond!

    Hope you and yours have a lovely Christmas holiday filled with joy and love x

  6. Sounds like a perfectly lovely way to spend some lazy days. I'm so happy to have found your blog. Merry Christmas! :)

  7. Beautiful photo's G. The third one is amazing. I wish you a wonderful Christmas. x

  8. Sounds like a lovely way to spend the holidays.

    Merry christmas x

  9. Just stunning, these images.
    Merry Christmas, Georgi. Thank you for everything. :)
    Ronnie xo

  10. Your photos are beautiful!! They really capture winter!!
    Merry Christmas and a Happy 2013!!!

    New reader/subscriber/fellow foodie

  11. Sounds like a lovely holiday! Enjoy the rest of your blogging break, and we'll see you in 2012!

  12. These photos are stunning. I love them. Sounds like you had a perfect holiday. Happy New Year!

    Love, The Skinnys

  13. These photos are lovely! Gaining more freckles in winter is always a happy thing. :)

  14. beautiful photos, gorgeous songs. thank you and Happy New Year to you.