Church Bells and Boat Horns


On the first cords of Auld Lang Syne I’m transported to the childhood room and kitchen with my ma and da singing and dancing along with the first-footers who, brought the lump of coal so we’d never be cold, and the cake and whiskey so we’d never hunger or thirst.

Maderia cake

 Oh the Madeira cake, shortbread, and the cordial! What treats! Being allowed to stay up until we heard the church bells, and the great boats blowing their horns on the Clyde, at midnight. I remember the laughter. I remember all the visitors singing, and clasping hands, and dancing, and being kissed and cuddled and wished a happy new year with such exuberant joy. Oh, they were fun times!


 May 2014 be full of fun times for you and yours.

May it be the year all your dreams come true and inspire even greater dreams.

May it be the year you are filled with so much love and joy and peace that you can’t contain it all. 

May you have health and strength like you’ve never known.

And may you always have more than enough to easily pay your own way and be generous to others.

May God bless you and keep you all through this brand new year, and may you know Him more intimately than you ever imagined possible. 

God’s richest blessings be yours!

Happy New Year! And, “Aw the best frae oor hoose tae yours!”  

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. manningtreearchive
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 11:33:52

    Elizabeth, Wish you and your family a joyful, bright, healthy, prosperous and happiest new year ahead! Happy New Year


  2. Anonymous
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 12:30:50

    Happy New year Cuz xx


  3. janandmarley1
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 16:02:16

    Elizabeth, May God richly bless you with good health and happiness. We started our New Year’s Eve by going to see “SAVING MR. BANKS.” Thank you for recommending it. The lump in my throat felt like it would burst many times during the showing. We have always liked Mary Poppins and Walt Disney. Understand the writer of this classic book a lot better. God bless and keep you in His care. Marley & Me


    • elizabeth
      Jan 01, 2014 @ 09:32:24

      So glad you enjoyed the movie Jan. I felt the exact same way watching it. :-) Wishing you and your family God’s richest blessings for 2014. Love and hugs, Elizabeth xx


  4. Anonymous
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 16:44:40

    Thank you for that lovely blessing! May it also overtake YOU and your wonderful family!
    Love, Marie


  5. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 17:38:20

    Oh wow, just wonderful :) The food, which brings cheer…

    Happy new year, Elizabeth ~ I wish you all good things. As for this video, SOOOOOO reminded me of my wedding day!!


  6. pattisj
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 21:58:37

    Happy New Year, Elizabeth. Blessings to you and yours. Your festive foods look yummy.


    • elizabeth
      Jan 01, 2014 @ 09:39:00

      Happy New Year to you too Patti. Oh, we LOVED to get Madeira cake and cordial as kids. Mind, we only got that at the new year so it has always remained a very special treat for me, :-)

      Wishing you and yours abundant blessings for this new year Patti, and looking forward to your beautiful photos of 2014.


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