Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

This photograph was taken in Mousehole a few days ago.  Each year the people of this tiny fishing village in the west of Cornwall decorate the harbour to raise money for charity. Mulled wine was on offer along with mince pies and the opportunity to drop some coins in a bucket.  When I visited, a group of carol singers were doing their best despite the weather.  It was raining, the wind was howling but the atmosphere in the village was a festive and happy one.

The blurred object in the bottom right of the picture is a whale spouting, outlined in lights, but the wind and fairly loose tethering were conspiring against a decent capture over a long exposure.

I’d like to thank everyone who has followed, commented and supported this blog over the last year.  It’s been a pretty amazing 12 months for me and it wouldn’t have been the same without your company.  Thanks for being there.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a very happy new year.. See you in 2015! :-)

Mousehole Harbour Christmas Lights14mm f/11 120 sec. ISO-100


66 responses

  1. Beautiful ~ and best to you as well ~

    December 23, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    • Thank you Randall! :-)

      December 23, 2014 at 6:01 pm

  2. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Even before reading your text, I was thinking that it’s been quite a year for you. Thank you for all you’ve given, the beauty, the dedication, the precision, the inspiration…and the tour of Iceland! May your blessings continue in 2015…

    December 23, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    • Thank you so much Vivian. Buying a camera and starting this blog almost three years ago has been so tremendously rewarding, it’s been an absolute pleasure to share my journey. Thank you once again for all your lovely comments!

      December 23, 2014 at 6:05 pm

  3. Nice idea, beautiful photo. My best wishes for a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! :)

    December 23, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    • And the same to you Bente! Thank you! :-)

      December 23, 2014 at 6:07 pm

  4. Thanks. I wish you the same.

    December 23, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    • Thank you! :-)

      December 23, 2014 at 6:07 pm

  5. I wish you a Merry Christmas too, Adrian. And may the New Year bring you as much joy as possible! Thank you for being there.

    December 23, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    • Thank you very much Ann Christine, it’s been a pleasure. Have a wonderful Christmas! :-)

      December 23, 2014 at 9:20 pm

  6. I have enjoyed the Cornish views with you this year Adrian, and the added bonus of Iceland – your photographs are so inspiring. Have a good holiday time and I look forward to your journey next year :)
    Jude xx

    December 23, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    • Thank you very much Jude. Have a wonderful holiday! :-) x

      December 23, 2014 at 9:21 pm

  7. Great action of the people there.
    Beautiful photo.
    May I wish you and all the ones you love a fantastic,warm Christmas.

    December 23, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    • Thank you so much Lou! And the very same to you! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

      December 23, 2014 at 9:22 pm

  8. How beautiful, dear Adrian!
    A very merry Christmas to you and yours,
    happy Holidays and an exciting 2015!
    See you next year. :-)
    Lots of love from Norfolk,
    Dina, Klausbernd, Siri & Selma xo

    December 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    • Thank you so much! Have a wonderful Christmas in Norfolk! Dina, Kausbernd, Siri and Selma, I really appreciate your support over the last year. All the very best for 2015! :-) x

      December 23, 2014 at 9:23 pm

  9. Hope you have a great Christmas and New Year Adrian…..thanks for all the support over the last year.

    December 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    • Thank you Mark, I love what you do and look forward to many more photographs in the new year! :)

      December 23, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      • You’re work is a constant inspiration to me Adrian…’re my quality benchmark 😊

        December 23, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      • :-)

        December 24, 2014 at 8:33 am

  10. A gorgeous image, Adrian. The village looks very festive indeed. I’m really happy you bought that camera three years ago. Your photos are outstanding, and I look forward to seeing many more in the future. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you and the family. :)

    December 23, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    • Thank you so much Sylvia! I wish you all a fabulous Christmas and look forward to seeing your painting develop over the coming year and tp seeing updates on the house of course! Give my regards to hubby! :)

      December 23, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      • Thanks, Adrian. Yes, me too. :) C also sends his regards to you.

        December 24, 2014 at 1:52 am

      • :-)

        December 24, 2014 at 2:34 pm

  11. Not many of us get to see whales for Christmas Adrian, so thanks for,the lovely Christmas gift. The best to you for,the holidays and the new year as well!

    December 23, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    • Happy holidays Tina. It’s been wonderful getting to know you and your work over the last year! Looking forward to many more wonderful photographs in 2015! :-)

      December 23, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      • 😄likewise adtian!

        December 23, 2014 at 11:17 pm

      • :-)

        December 24, 2014 at 2:34 pm

  12. Fabulous! :) Merry Christmas!

    December 23, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    • Thank you so much Johanna! Merry Christmas! :)

      December 23, 2014 at 9:29 pm

  13. Thank you, Adrian. It’s been a pleasure following your blog, and wish you all the best for the season and the new year.

    December 23, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    • And to you Emilio, thank you!

      December 24, 2014 at 8:34 am

  14. Bob

    Merry Christmas and thanks for the photography.

    December 24, 2014 at 5:58 am

    • It’s been a pleasure Bob! Thank you for visiting!

      December 24, 2014 at 2:34 pm

  15. Best wishes for you too, Adrian

    December 24, 2014 at 6:43 am

    • Thank you very much Harrie!

      December 24, 2014 at 2:33 pm

  16. Sachie

    I wish you warm and happy Christmas!

    December 24, 2014 at 6:58 am

    • Thank you very much Sachie! And the same to you!

      December 24, 2014 at 2:33 pm

  17. Thank you for sharing some beautiful photos of Cornwall and Iceland and all the best for 2015!

    December 24, 2014 at 10:08 am

    • It’s been a pleasure Noeline! Wishing you a fabulous 2015 also! :-)

      December 24, 2014 at 2:32 pm

  18. poppytump

    It was worth venturing out on such a night to catch sight of Mousehole looking so festive and everyone sounding full of bonhomie … or could it have been mulled wine perchance :-D
    What a year you’ve had … your RPS achievements … a wonderful Iceland trip and so much more planned :-)
    Absolutely Marvejols !
    Wishing you a super Happy Christmas dear ChillB, am very much looking forward to following more of your photographic journey in 2015 xx

    December 24, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    • Thank you so much Poppy. It has been an amazing year and your support and encouragement throughout has been firm and unwavering and I really appreciate it. It makes such a difference when filled with self-doubt and wavering self-confidence to have the kind of support that comes from the blogging community and friends such as yourself. Thank you. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! What a lot to look forward to in 2015! :-) x

      December 24, 2014 at 6:23 pm

  19. I’ve always wanted to see the Mousehole lights. One day I’ll make it. For now thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas.

    December 24, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    • You’re very welcome. I’m glad I made the trip! Merry Christmas to you too!

      December 24, 2014 at 6:27 pm

  20. Janice

    Merry Christmas and heres to a happy and healthy new year 😄

    December 24, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    • Thank you very much Janice, and the same to you!

      December 24, 2014 at 8:57 pm

  21. A whale spouting!!! Wow :-) Happy Christmas to you and yours x

    December 24, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    • And to you Sarah! :-) x

      December 25, 2014 at 10:10 am

  22. Merry Christmas and all the best in 2015, Adrian.

    December 25, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    • And to you Simon, thank you!

      December 26, 2014 at 10:49 am

  23. May God bless you with joy at Christmas and fill your heart with love!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    December 25, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    • And to you! Thank you very much! :-)

      December 26, 2014 at 10:50 am

  24. Beautiful!!!

    December 27, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    • Thank you Rexlin!

      December 27, 2014 at 5:59 pm

  25. A brilliant 2015 to you, filled with places to go, things to see, friends, health, and – well, good stuff! ;-)

    December 29, 2014 at 12:35 am

    • Thank you so much Lynn! I hope the very same for you in 2015! :-)

      December 29, 2014 at 9:54 am

  26. Merry Christmas Adrian. I hope you had a wonderful holiday.

    December 29, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    • Thank you Edith, I did. I’m envious of your trip to Cuba though. It’s been a bit dull and grey here in Cornwall. I could have done with some of that sunshine. All the very best for 2015! :-)

      December 29, 2014 at 6:50 pm

  27. Fab photo, I love Cornwall and Mousehole is especially lovely. Thanks for sharing! :)

    December 29, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    • You’re very welcome Laura. Thanks for your visit. I’m glad you enjoyed the photo! :-)

      December 29, 2014 at 7:31 pm

  28. Beautiful! I love the name of the village. : )

    January 1, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    • Thank you Karen, It’s a great name isn’t it? Mousehole is pronounced Mowzul.. I rather prefer the way it’s spelt. :-)

      January 1, 2015 at 9:51 pm

  29. Awesome!

    January 2, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    • Thank you Hans! Happy New Year!

      January 3, 2015 at 8:36 am

  30. what a colorful treat :)

    January 5, 2015 at 10:28 am

    • It was Joshi! Thank you!

      January 5, 2015 at 12:34 pm