Driving over the new bridge, I wished I were on the old one,
with much more definition and character.
New is not always better.
Weekend Reflection, One Word Photo: Old, Sun Trees



The  fragrance of candles are still  wafting through the air,
Rightly so, in Holland and several other countries
in Europe they have a second Christmas day (Dec 26)!

On the country side Christmas is so different than in the city.
In the latter case there are so many events,
and the dazzling lights  of the stores. Even if one would not
know anyone, it still could be festive .

On the country side that is all paired down to a minimum.
Can imagine it could get lonely for people who
do not have the opportunity to visit family or friends.
If you are in the latter position, hope you
do something “to make a memory” –
go out of town, or a fun restaurant,  a coffee place,
a nature hike. Or something you do not normally do..



This year I made a change! Instead of a small 6 x 9  inch, I painted
this Christmas a 30 x 40 inch one. Not finished yet!
Am standing here in the light of a day lamp yet,
so the colors of the painting are not as bright as they appear.
Sunday Best



The Amaryllis  still blooming
Nature Notes, FOTD,  Floral Fri Foto *



Sometimes it takes a while to say goodbye to the old, and travel to the new.  but we may go in accelerated speed, zigzagging into a new year (destination).

Apropos, this is the treacherous Grapevine  I have written about before. Here it looks still pretty nice, when leaving Los Angeles (the higher road, and the one coming from Sacramento into Los Angeles is the lower road).

Soon though it becomes a mad house, with some cars zigzagging to show they have a fast car, trucks struggling to get up the hill, and for others it is their terrified first time, going at a super slow speed.
Tue Travel, ABC Wed  – Zigzag, Sky Watch



Our Dutch New Year’s Eve tradition to have apple doughnuts
and a fruit drink. It sure helps with any sadness, or regrets,
and remind ourselves, that this is a new year full of new opportunities.
ABC Wed., My Corner of the World



Thanks to All the Hosts

Thankful Thurs  *  Natur Donnerstag * Floral Fri Foto  Sky Watch  *
Weekend ReflectionFri Photo Friends  *  Fri Bliss *
One Word Photo: something Old * Sun  Trees  * Sundays Best *
Our World  Mosaic Mon *
Tue TravelNature Notes FOTD * Pictoral Tue *
ABC Wed – Z *  Corner of the World  *  Sun Snap *
My Corner of World *



  1. A very Happy and Healthy New year to you and your family… Some how I missed a week of visits….Michelle


  2. Lapaylor says:

    Hi mesh, trying to leave a comment…I want apple cake and fruit drinks


  3. I love the sky on your painting and how the different textures and light come through. I hope you get to finish such a big painting.


  4. Cee Neuner says:

    Happy New year!!! 😀


  5. Not everyone has the choice how to celebrate it…. sadly enough…. but still one has to make the best of it…. the differences are quit extensive

    But still I hope you had a gorgeous Christmas and will have a splendid 2019

    Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-Wednes-day / -week
    ♫ M e l d y ♪ (ABC-W-team)


  6. Roger says:

    As the kids say: “You got skillz!”


  7. Jeanna says:

    Apple doughnuts and a fruit drink sound just fine to me, J. Your painting is wonderful! Hope you had safe and happy holidays. As for the bridge, I think I’d trust a new one over an old one. I’m afraid of bridges and escalators (and squirrels).


  8. KL says:

    Now I see the comment area. I could not find it. I have entered the season’s end meme. I have been away from the blog post because of reasons mentioned in my recent blog post. I hope you are doing and having a great time. Missed your blog. A belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your loved ones :-).


  9. Jeanna says:

    Happy New Year, J.!


  10. betty - NZ says:

    I have to agree that ‘new’ isn’t always better! I’m always amazed how any new road takes no time at all to fill up with cars. It boggles the mind.


  11. James says:

    Great post! I think apple doughnuts would bring a smile to my face. 🙂


  12. yogiabb says:

    I could get into apple donuts and a fruit drink to celebrate the New Years.


  13. What a nice and colorful ‘end of the year post’.
    At the end of a very sunny and dry year the last week of 2018 is dark and rainy. I am longing for some winter and a snow walk, but it doesn’t seem to become winter at short notice.
    Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy 2019.


    1. It can be dark these winter months without snow, since Holland has rain 11 months out of the year! Harder to find good scenes and angles for photography too! Wishing you a great photography year in 2019 and all the best to you and Aafje (I read up on the About section):):)

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  14. ladyfi says:

    I like the reminder of your Dutch tradition. I certainly hope the next year is filled with good things.


    1. Can’t remember if you have kept some traditions of England his time of year, or you hold on to the Swedish ones? Wishing you a New Year of pleasant surprises!


  15. riitta k says:

    Lovely photos and thoughts Jesh ❤ Wising you happy and healthy 2019!


    1. Ritta, thank you so much for hosting with your stunning captures all year long! Up to a New year of blogging:)


  16. Peter B. says:

    Thank you for this uplifting post! The more I learn about Dutch traditions, the more I like them. Mmmm, apple donuts and a fruit drink. And two Christmas days!! Have a very Happy New Year.


  17. Merry Christmas and safe passage into the New Year, Jesh and family!


    1. Mixed emotions during the holidays? Have been thinking about you and your family several times . If there is any person in your family or situation I can pray for, please let me know!


  18. Michelle Keltner says:

    I agree that new is not always better. I do prefer old things and ways. Thank you for linking up today.


  19. Dan Antion says:

    I like the picture of the old bridge. I’d like to walk across that one. New is not always better – you are so right!


  20. Happy New Year to you!


  21. New is not always better is right!

    I don’t do a lot of self-reflection although I do plan mostly for the worst so I come out alright.

    I’ve never thought of driving over the Grapevine like that, but once I was terrified because there was sleepy driver ahead or behind me weaving around and going slower than me or passing me and driving really fast and weaving across the lanes. That was scary! I thought for sure he would crash into someone or drive over the side of the hill. Thankfully, he didn’t while I was within his sight.

    I’ve driven down it in the winter with snow and hail raining on me and up it when it was sunny and beautiful. Always looking at the truck stop and am so grateful that they must pull off to weigh in and get out of my way!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and the family Jesh, xx ❤🎄🎉✨


    1. Our Christmas at our (2nd) daughter’s was very low key, but had a lot of fun with the grands.
      I kept agreeing with you, while reading your comment.I don’t know the state of mind of those “sleepy” drivers on the Grapevine, but I wish there were more police presence there on a regular basis to hand out warnings and tickets, to make it more of a safe trip over that stretch of freeway.
      That 2019 may be an awesome year for you and your family:):)

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