A Guid New Year

Thistles with bee

Thistles, with an inquisitive bee

Happy New Year everyone, and a big thank you to the bloggers in sixty six countries around the world who have read my posts and commented on them. You have made blogging a real pleasure, full of fun and delight at being in contact with people in so many countries and learning of their hopes and dreams.

This is the first verse and chorus of the traditional Scottish song my grandmother sang every New Year when the last peal of the bells rang out. Says it all, really.

A guid new year to ane an’ a’

An’ mony may ye see,

An’ during a’ the years to come,

O happy may ye be.

An’ may ye ne’er hae cause to mourn,

To sigh or shed a tear;

To ane an’ a baith great an’ sma’

A hearty guid New Year.


A guid New Year to ane an’ a’

An’ mony may ye see,

An’ during a’ the years to come,

O happy may ye be.

I watched the Edinburgh celebrations on television so have no event photos, but as New Year in Scotland wouldn’t be New Year without pipers here are a couple of photos from a Gathering in the Scottish Borders to usher in 2013.


The rhythm of drums

The rhythm of drums


Pipes ahoy!

Havin' a guid blaw

Havin’ a guid blaw

Wishing everyone a great 2013.


About jingsandthings

I am me. What do I like? Colour Shapes Textures Paintings, photographs, sculptures, woven tapestries, wonderful materials. The love of materials probably comes from my father who was a textile buyer, and I grew up hearing the names of mills and manufacturers which sounded magical and enticing. Glass in all its soft and vibrant colours and flowing shapes, even sixties glass which makes its own proud statement. A book I can immerse myself in. Meals with family or friends with lots of chat and laughter (and probably a bottle or two of wine). The occasional trip abroad to experience the sights, sounds, food, conversation, quality of light and warmth of other countries. To revel in differences and be amazed by similarities. I like to create and to experience, to try and to achieve. And then there are words – read, heard, written at my keyboard, or scrawled on sticky notes, or along the edges of dog-eared supermarket receipts excavated from the unexplored nooks of my handbag. What do I dislike? Cold Snow Bad design Fast food Condescension
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12 Responses to A Guid New Year

  1. mamacormier says:

    ….and a ‘guid’ new year to you as well. Lovely song, wish I knew the melody.

  2. carolee1945 says:

    I visited Scotland about 20 years ago, and I loved it. Your blog makes it come alive for me, so thank you, indeed!!!

  3. Rita Kay says:

    Happy New Year. I love the photo of the thistles and bee, as always your photos are fantastic.

  4. Love the first picture! Hope you have a wonderful new year.

  5. Walter says:

    Good post. Fantastic photos.

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