Frosted aster plant

Wishing You a Happy New Year!

It’s New Year’s Eve as I’m typing this, and it has been a strangely warm day for the time of year. Not a trace of wintry weather. The frost that I photographed here happened a few days before Christmas, so is long gone.

I was lucky to get that one frosty morning so that I could take a few sparkly photos for my Christmas and New Year posts. It’s amazing how frost can make the most ordinary of things look special. (Top photo is the remains of an aster, bottom is a young fennel plant that has flopped over in the cold.)

2021 has been a year of enjoying small, simple things here. The garden has been an ever-increasing source of happiness and has given me a sense of purpose when life has been rather constricted. I hope that 2022 is a year that will bring us back to being able to live our lives safely and healthily.

For 2022, I wish you all a year of joy, health and peace. May it be a year that brings you delight in life. Happy New Year!

Frosted fennel plant

21 thoughts on “Wishing You a Happy New Year!

  1. The effects of frost, ice, and water-drops completely transform the garden and landscape.. nature has her magic tricks! We’re now 2nd Jan and it’s a scorcher today with not only warm temperature but a warm wind coming thru. It’s refreshing to see some photos of cold flora! Happy New Year. It’s exciting to start anew 🙂

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    1. I’m grateful for the effects of frost (snow too, if we get some) for giving me something to photograph. At this time of year there’s not much left in the garden, so it can be a bit tricky to find something to post. Hooray for frost, hehe! Enjoy your lovely summer day – seems a strange thought on this side of the world! And a brilliantly happy New Year to you! 🙂

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  2. Your plants truly look as though they’ve encrusted with crystals or diamond. In a way, of course, they are: crystals are crystals, even if they’re not so permanent. I hope you have even more frosty delights in your garden as the year goes on. We’ve survived the past two years, so we surely can survive the next; with luck, it will be truly enjoyable at last!

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    1. It’s really mild at the moment, so doesn’t look as if we’ll get more frost for a while. However, I took lots of photos on the frosty morning so that I’d have some pics to share in January. Hope the New Year brings you lots to enjoy – and I hope we see the end of Covid!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! I’ve been delighted by your beautiful work on your blog, and your book too – it’s inspiring me with thoughts of combining printmaking and collage. 🙂 If we get some really wintry weather, I might just be able to stay indoors long enough to make a start…! Meanwhile I’m using the warm weather to paddle about in my new pond, placing pebbles etc. on the base before it fills up. Hope you have a very happy and creative 2022!

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  3. Happy New Year Ann! Always love your frost images – they are the best! I got some frost brushes for PS that I am trying out – fun to try to copy this effect, but not near as nice as the real thing. Still fun when you live in a warm climate. Glad you had a good year – ours was okay too but looking forward to 2022!

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    1. Thank you Syd! I have more frost images to post through January – not much else around to photograph at the moment! Hope you have a New Year full of happiness and very much better than 2021. Enjoy your frost brushes – they do sound fun! 🙂

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  4. From what you said about having just experienced the warmest New Year on record in the UK, you did well to go out and grab some frost pictures before Christmas while you could.

    We’re with you in hoping 2022 will prove a better year than 2020 and 2021.

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