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A Toast to 2013: Postcards to Myself


I don’t usually go in for rambling, retrospective, year-end posts, mainly because I think the Web groans under the weight of them at this time of year. What I do is this…….a photo roundup of personal memories of my year.

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2013 was a delightful year for me – seeing both my sons enjoying their chosen paths and having some wonderful visits with them; catching up with dear friends, long overdue; memorable times with friends who were geographically closer ; a beginning to the  more nomadic existence I’ve been craving; an acceptable upswing in the amount of travel, compared to recent years….and a quality of travel which still takes my breath away when I think about it.  Key words for the year: spring flowers, cheese, France, Ireland, amazing food adventures, mountains, greenery, London, La Gomera, Asturias.

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Author: IslandMomma

Exploring island life and the freedoms of Third Age: Challenging myself every day: writing, traveling, snapping pix, running & teaching ESL

12 thoughts on “A Toast to 2013: Postcards to Myself

  1. Fabulous. And so happy to have been there for many of these memories. I wish you a fantastic 2014 Linda. I know you´ll make the best of whatever it brings you.

    • Thank you, Colleen. Sharing these memories with you was very special for me. Sitting here in Tasca Telémaco right now, I am raising my glass to sharing some more this year! Life’s such a waste if we don’t make the most of every second, difficult as that is at times!…….and, as if in agreement after a very cloudy morning, the sun just came out!

    • Oh…. AND as soon as I’d clicked “reply” Bob Marley “BE Happy” came on 🙂 …… it’s a sign!!!!

  2. Great selection! I hadn’t read your blog in a while and I feel like I need to catch up now! Have an amazing year!

    • Thank you. It’s a very self-indulgent post, but I like to do it at the end of each year for my own memory bank, so I’m glad you enjoyed it too. To be honest I’ve not been updating this blog as regularly as I should, or used to, and if I have a New Year’s Resolution it’s to be more active here! Thank you for commenting. I love the communication, which I see as the main purpose of a blog, or any sort of writing, so it’s appreciated.

  3. Great collection. I love that shot of you in the blue dress on the beach.

    • Thank you so much! I love that shot too, mostly because the dress is a pareo sent by a dear friend when she was on vacation in Bali last year. I adore it anyway, but it has special meaning as a gift.

  4. Beautiful photos of a beautiful year! All the best in 2014!

  5. wishing you as super a 2014 as your 2013 was. love seeing you in you many hats. favourite is in black top with beads. love your new office, perfect!

    • And the same to you, Christine! I hope your new year is very happy, totally healthy and very prosperous! I love the opportunity to be able to work outdoors….in January, too mind! Not every day is that warm at this time of year, but the day I posted that pic to my FB it was really warm.

  6. Pingback: Good Riddance to 2014 and the Lessons Learned | Islandmomma

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