Welcoming in 2014

There’s no better way to start the New Year than in the countryside: saying goodbye to 2013 with a muddy walk and a sunset and welcoming in 2014 with a dinner party in a gorgeous home.


Goodbye 2013…

It’s the second time that we’ve rented a house with friends for the end of the year and I love it, as it has none of the stress of previous New Years – trying to organise transport home, paying inflated prices for mediocre nights out etc.


Beats squeezing onto the Tube!

We stayed in a place called Towcester (pronounced Toaster), which is near Silverstone in Northamptonshire. The small town dates back to Roman times and it still has lots of pretty Georgian and Victorian buildings in it.

The house itself was lovely, with lots of beautiful old furniture and quirky little touches. It also had a beautiful garden, which instantly made me want to go back in the summer.


Time for a sing-song?


Or maybe a game of croquet?


Something to come back for

After a busy Christmas with our families it was nice to have some time to chill out and catch up with each other in front of the cosy log fires. I’m not going to lie, most of our weekend did seem to revolve around food, although we did also manage to find some time for a murder mystery, plenty of games and the odd bit of dancing!


Did someone say breakfast?


Just a light snack

On New Year’s Eve we went for a walk in the fields surrounding the town and watching the sunset on the last day of 2013 felt like a lovely way to reflect on the year. (Although it did get slightly worrying when we realised that no one had thought to bring a torch out with them – country living fail!)


A little bit muddy


But the views are worth it!

In the evening we had a huge meal, with everyone in charge of a different course, so it was time to get to grips with the Aga and attempt to become a Domestic Goddess!


FYI, I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing!

As always, it was lots of fun and the perfect way to welcome in 2014. For once, I don’t currently have as many travel plans as I usually do for the year ahead, so I’m looking forward to coming up with some soon. Any ideas??


8 responses to “Welcoming in 2014

  1. That does sound like the best way to ring in a new year! The property looks incredible, especially the garden. And someone who loves food but is a disaster in the kitchen – we have so much in common 🙂 Though with that apron you do look quite like a domestic goddess!

    • Just like me and the skiing;) I really recommend it though, it’s such a nice relaxing thing to do. We’re lucky that there’s one super-organised person in our group so they usually sort it all out for us:)

  2. I welcomed the new year in a very similar way… country side in Kerala.. surrounded by lush greenery all around, chilly breeze and hills. Wish you happy 2014. 🙂

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