Xmas 2019

Herbert House, Crickhowell, Powys

Festive greetings from the Welsh Marches! Nadolig Llawen!

Wesołych Świąt! God Jul! Joyeux Noël! Fröhliche Weihnachten! Buon Natale! Geseënde Kersfees! Feliz Navidad! Veselé Vánoce! Il-Milied it-tajjeb! Sretan Božić! Feliĉa Kristnasko! and other seasonal good wishes!

Midwinter getting you down already? Here is a reminder of how six months down the line might look, around the midsummer feast of St John Baptist (who is here in his camel-hair garment being greeted by a jolly circumcised toddler).

Holy Family with John the Baptist, in National Museum Wales / Amgueddfa Cymru

25 thoughts on “Xmas 2019

    1. We did, thanks, Alyson — a midday walk in the sunshine on quiet roads and through fields, phone calls from family and friends, a shoulder of pork roasted with veg and an evening of choice telly, what more could one ask! And you? A good day? Traditional or innovative?! 🙂

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    1. Neither, I’m afraid, nor is the snow today’s–an image from a year or so back when a reasonable dump of snow brought out families, dog walkers and others enjoying the fresh white stuff in our town. This handsome Regency building is quite literally round the corner from us, a 30 second stroll away. But all this is by the by, Gert, hope your Christmas has been everything you hoped for! 🙂

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  1. Are comments for your 2019 R&R post disabled for some reason? I wanted to comment, but will refrain from doing it here, this is just a notice to let you know should it be an error. If it’s not, feel free to delete this.

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    1. Hi, Bart, yes, my WP app has done it again, disabling comments and pingbacks without checking with me first — it had been behaving for a few posts, lulling me into a false sense of security… Feel free to comment whenever you want now, I look forward to hearing what you want to say! 🙂


  2. Hope you had a merry Christmas, Chris. Sounds like you had a good time, though no mention of music – I imagine you very busy with various concerts in the run up though. Hope the new year brings you everything you hope for – health, wealth, happiness and plenty of books!


    1. And you too, Lynn. 🙂 Oh, but it has been busy musically: the last concert was on the 23rd, the eighth performance since the last Friday of November! Where blogging has been concerned I scheduled a load of posts to tide me over the Christmas period but I’m only just now catching up on posts I’ve missed, so if you haven’t seen a ‘like’ or comment from me recently it’s only because they’re haven’t got you yet!

      As for 2020, I wish the very same to you and yours — we could all do with some proper cheer in the year to come!


      1. So nice to hear you’ve been so busy musically. Would be nice to catch a performance one day! And yes, something hopeful would be fantastic. Sunshine through the rain. Happy new year to you and yours, Chris

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  3. Good to hear you had a lovely Christmas, Chris 🙂 I have many posts to catch up on; I’ll get there.

    Meanwhile you may like to add Nadelik Lowen to your seasonal greetings dictionary (so similar to the Welsh). And Blydhen Nowydh Da!

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    1. I’d forgotten there was Cornish — as you say, so close to the Welsh — and of course Breton, which I should also look out now! Not long to Blwyddyn Newydd Dda now, how has the year gone so quickly? I remember watching the fireworks from our bedroom window not so long ago: from the town, two country hotels and the local Glanusk estate, all in our patch if the Usk valley!

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