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January 1, 2011

The sun sets on the old year 31 December 2010 - Sunset over the Atlantic

Unbelievably, 2010 is done and dusted. Today is 1/1/11. How amazing! Time has flown….does that mean I have been having too much fun I wonder? The old saying goes “time flies when you are having fun! 🙂  

I would like to wish all you, my readers a blessed and prosperous New Year, I hope that you achieve all you set out to do and that all your hearts desires and dreams are realized.  
The poem below, penned in 1908 by the British poet Minnie Louise Haskins, is one that I read every old year’s eve and I hope that you will benefit from it as much as I do each new year…… 


And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year”Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown”

And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”

So I went forth and, finding the hand of God,  trod gladly into the night.And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone east.

So heart….be still! What need our little life, our human life, to know if God hath comprehension?

In all the dizzy strife of things, both high and low, God hideth His intention

God Knows. His will is best.The stretch of years which wind ahead, so dim to our imperfect vision, are clear to God.

Our fears are premature; In Him all time hath full provision.

Then rest, until God moves to lift the veil from our impatient eyes when, as the sweeter features of life’s stern face we hail,

Fair beyond all surmise God’s thought around His creatures our minds shall fill. 



The Sentinel, Hout Bay, at sunset 31 December 2010

With love and hugs,

browniegirl xx 

Photographs taken with my Canon Powershot SX20 IS from a viewpoint on Chapmans Peak Drive, Cape Town, South Africa 31 December 2010  

29 Comments leave one →
  1. January 1, 2011 8:27 PM

    All the best for 2011 to you and yours, Moo. May the year ahead be filled with nothing but love, light, happiness, good health and success in everything you do.
    Much love & hugs

    • January 1, 2011 9:41 PM

      Thank you dearest Halfy, and the same to you, your Giant Rat and Marmee. The food and wine bloggers conference is what I am focussing on right now and I am determined that it will be awesome 🙂 In 7 weeks we will know hehe…Hugs and love to you xx

  2. January 2, 2011 10:52 AM

    Happy New Year to you and the Moo Clan Colleen – hope that it is a very blessed year for you all.

    • January 3, 2011 8:38 AM

      Thank you so much sweetie, good to see you around 🙂 May it be an awesome year for you as well. Hugs xx

  3. January 2, 2011 11:12 AM

    Wishing you lots of love and laughter for a beautiful year ahead.
    Looking forward to sharing with you through 2011.
    🙂 Mandy

    • January 3, 2011 8:39 AM

      Thank you Mandy, it has started out well so lets hope it continues. Wishing the same for you and yours. Hugs xx

  4. January 3, 2011 2:32 AM

    Oh what a beautiful poem, fabulous. I’ve been following along, so thought I’d say hi & wish you Happy New Year. I’ve subscribed so I’ll be back, I’d love to learn more on Sth African cooking.
    Cheers Anna

    • January 3, 2011 8:42 AM

      Hey Anna, thank you for stepping out of the shadows and thank you for the wishes. Glad you like! Hope you have an awesome year down under! And thank you for subscribing 🙂 Hugs to you xx

  5. January 3, 2011 3:10 PM

    Happy 2011, O Captain, my Captain! 🙂 xxx

  6. January 3, 2011 8:50 PM

    A blessed 2011 to you and the family. Hope it’s a goodie and that we manage to spend a bit of time with you when next in your neck of the woods. xx

    • March 3, 2011 3:42 PM

      When next ARE you in our neck of the woods?? Missing you! Thanks so much. Hugs and love xx

  7. January 4, 2011 5:33 PM

    Beautiful poem and I say this Sanskrit prayer everyday, many times a day. Roughly translated into English it goes this way

    ‘May all living beings everywhere on this earth live in peace and harmony’

    I have been following you since you dropped by my fledgling blog with such wonderful and generous comments. Thanks and a very Happy 2011 to you and your family.

    • March 3, 2011 3:44 PM

      Hey Sandhya, good to see you here. Thank you so much for the visit and follow. I love your sanskrit prayer…if only hey? Hugs to you, I will pop in to visit soon, been a bit hectic this side so havent been blogging here in awhile xx

  8. January 6, 2011 6:54 AM

    W hat a lovely scene Colleen. So peaceful

    • March 3, 2011 3:40 PM

      Thank you Barbara. I love the peace and tranquillity of sunset…my favourite time of the day really. Hugs and hope you are doing well xx

  9. January 8, 2011 7:09 AM

    Happy New Year! Wishing you health and happiness in 2011.
    Thanks for sharing that lovely poem. I feel a little calmer about the future now.

    • March 3, 2011 3:39 PM

      I’m so glad it helped! And thank you for the visit Emma. So good to see you again. Sorry for my tardiness in replying. I left my blog dormant while I organized the food bloggers indaba. Will be popping in for a visit soon xx

  10. January 12, 2011 10:17 AM

    Happy New Year! Gorgeous pics 🙂

  11. January 12, 2011 6:38 PM

    What a stunning shot of the Sentinel! Look forward to seeing it in Febrary again ;o) All te very best to you for the new year, dear Colly!

    • March 3, 2011 3:37 PM

      Dankie sister! Has been so awesome seeing you, hearing you, leaning on you….laughing with you, eating with you!! Looking forward to our last little visit before you head back to London. Hugs xx

  12. January 19, 2011 12:46 PM

    What a gorgeous photo!
    Best wishes for 2011 Colleen! xx

    • March 3, 2011 3:34 PM

      Thanx so much Nic, so far the year has gone by in a daze of FBI2011 work but should get better from now on….hugs to you xx

  13. February 8, 2011 7:18 AM

    i really like that phrase, “dusting off.” so much potential there. everyone wants to know what will be uncovered. nice post. keep talking!

    • March 3, 2011 3:36 PM

      Thank you so much Sana, and also for the lovely visit. Now that the frenzied part of FBI2011 is almost over for me I will be able to come and visit your more often…hugs xx

  14. lifeinarecipe permalink
    March 2, 2011 6:31 AM

    Stunning photo! Since we are already starting March, I hope you can say your new year has started very well.

    • March 3, 2011 3:33 PM

      Thank you so much. Yes, already the 3rd of March. My year has been flying past. But hopefully it will quieten down a bit now and I can do some blogging again. Thank you so much for your visit xx


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