2 January 2012

brand spanking New Year!

so its another new year! Nao and I don't usually do much on New Years Eve, we are a bit old fogey-ish, but this year I wasn't feeling too chipper, so we did even less!
At about 20 to 12, we hopped in our van and drove about 100 yards around the corner of our flat, and parked by the roadside. Its on a big hill, and we could get a good view of the London Eye {where the London fireworks exploded on the count of Big Ben}. It was a last minute decisions, so we grabbed the champagne we happen to already have, and an old sauce pan for an ice bucket, classy.

amazingly, we saw that others had the same notion, and were gathering on the pavement with little fold-up tables and champagne glasses at the ready. I had my Ukulele and managed my first tune...

the fireworks didn't pick up on the camera, but they were pretty impressive and so loud considering how far away they were.

Since then we haven't done much to be honest and am actually quite ashamed of how much I have eaten and how little {Nill} exercise I have done in the past week!
Today though, we thought it would be nice to go out in the van and have a lunch somewhere. We went to Knole Park but annoyingly, it was closed for vehicles, and we had to back our van out onto the main road with a whole queue of traffic behind us...
We ended up parking on a country lane near Biggin Hill as we were starvin.

Even just warming up food in your campervan is exciting.

I love this photo Nao took, of the steam rising from our soup.
A very satisfying way to spend an afternoon...

and the husbond mastered a new trick of balancing a mug of tea on the belly whilst also sleeping.

Its a quiet way of life, but y'know, we are getting on a bit...so we are practising for when we are proper old fogies.

Theres always lots to contemplate this time of the year, and we have spent many an afternoon in our van, drinking tea and pondering whats in store for us in the coming year. Well, we have a few things that we have planned, which is quite exciting, but generally speaking, we like things the way they are!

Happy 2012 lovely readers!


  1. I love your little home inside the van! I'm starting to realize that I love smaller spaces. They are more homey, and make sure I keep up with picking up! Glad you had a great new year celebration.

  2. Happy new year:)Wish you and Nao both are happy 2012
    I got a Ukulele as a Christmas:) But I'm bad at music.

  3. Happy New Year.
    Wish you and Nao are both happy 2012

    I got a Ukulele as a Christmas, but I'm bad at music;D

  4. My beau and I stayed in and drank champagne, ate curry and our Hotel Chocolat selection box (a xmas gift). At midnight we turned on the TV ad watched the impressive London fireworks before returning to our CD player...far too old for queueing 5-deep at the bar in pubs!

    Happy new year to you both ;-)

  5. Lovely photos!!! I love going to your site.. its like a mini vacation for me. Kudos on that soup photo. Happy New year!!!!

  6. Your 'quiet way of life' looks so lovely.

    My parents had the same old camper van when they were young - it was orange, though, and they drove it all over the place and loved it to bits. You two remind me of them!

    Happy New Year!

  7. It looks like a lovely way to bring in the new year :)

  8. Happy 2012 to you to, some music, fireworks and good food sounds like you've started off the year right. lovely photos as usual!

  9. Sounds like a pretty good way to spend new year. X

  10. Just love your posts and photos too. Really adore the one of you turned back towards that awesome glow behind you. The soup bowl is glorious and you two look totally happy just as you are. It is a joyous happy feeling to be so content, yes? We are also loving what we have going on and wish everyone here and everywhere the same.
    peace n abundance,
    Happy New Year too

  11. Happy New Year!

  12. You two have a great attitude... I'm sure even more wonderful things are coming down your way. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us!

  13. Artemis,
    I just discovered your blog a couple days ago and I love it! You are a beautiful model to display your vintage dresses...and I love the English Countryside pics! Could I copy and paste a few of your photos to Country Cottage Living as one of my new favorite UK blogs and credit and link your site? Let me know: melaniebeilner@yahoo.com

  14. Lovely. I spent my new years with my hubbie in a similar way here in Australia.

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  15. Beautiful post, happy new year to you both! Goodness I do love Lewes , and I love a woolly jumper too.
    Nattie x

  16. A great way of spending NYE in your lovely camper, I love your fairy lights, do you use the battery powered ones or are they Solar?

  17. Anonymous3.1.12

    A very happy and fortuitous new year to you both!
    I hope one of your plans will include continuing to blog and to entertain and inspire and share so selflessly. You are little sparkle and may you continue to shine.
    Katherine x

  18. I don't think I've ever wanted anything more than my own little campervan x

  19. Happy New Year, interesting couple :) I think you've had a brilliant celebration - I would have loved some champagne served from such a classy bucket and that grand view of London and the fireworks.

    Hope 2012 will be full of novel ideas, inspiration and adventures!

  20. I loved this post so much, I am a total 'old fogey' too.. (Although yet to meet my partner in crime). Happy new year to you. PS Love the jewellery you received for Christmas.

  21. amazing,lovely, i ache, and long for a relationship like yours where we both relish simple small things...

  22. happy new year! looks like you were parked right outside our old house - happy days!

  23. Nothing wrong with being an old fogey! Few things beat a cuppa and a biscuit, I find.

    Happy New Year to the two of you, and many more adventures with Loewes!

  24. Nathalie6.1.12

    Happy New Year to you! I hope 2012 brings you everything you wish for yourselves, good health, much joy and happiness!
    I am glad I found your blog last year, it is one of my favourites! So inspiring on so many levels!
    Completely unrelated to this post; could you tell me what kind of paint you used to paint the 'Rust' sign on slate?

  25. I envy your life very much so :) x