Happy New Year 2014 …

McBasil and I would like to wish you all a Very Happy New Year and we raise a glass to 2014 and all that lays ahead.
As well as plans, aspirations and dreams for this coming new year, it also gives us time to reflect on the old one.
“The Journey’, has been a real Roller Coaster in 2013, with so many ups and downs, we have struggled to keep up with everything.
And something tells me, that the Roller Coaster won’t be stopping anytime soon in 2014!
There are more big changes for McBasil and I to come, we will reveal these as they occur.
But for for now, back to the present, 1st January 2014!
It is whist I am reflecting, that I wonder if I have achieved much in 2013, how can I improve in 2014, achieve more, strive to be better etc etc
Thats when I realise, that yes, I have much more to achieve, much more room for improvement, I can do better, but you know, 2013 wasn’t half bad at all.
And here is part of our 2013 told with pictures.

Health, Wealth and Happiness to you all
Karen & McBasil xx

2013 began with Duck lunch at my parents ...
2013 began with Duck lunch at my parents …
Then, back up to Dumfries and Galloway and time to start packing for a new adventure...
Then, back up to Dumfries and Galloway and time to start packing for a new adventure…
This meant having to break the news and say goodbye to our adopted Sheep Sybil ...
This meant having to break the news and say goodbye to our adopted Sheep Sybil …
And goodbye to 'The Hut', which had been our home for the last few months...
And goodbye to ‘The Hut’, which had been our home for the last few months…
11th January 2013, freezing Fog & we had a very long drive ahead of us, which McBasil slept for most!
11th January 2013, freezing Fog & we had a very long drive ahead of us, which McBasil slept for most!
12th January 2013 and we are watching the day break at our new home at Ardmair in the Scottish Highlands...
12th January 2013 and we are watching the day break at our new home at Ardmair in the Scottish Highlands…
And McBasil soon began to make himself at home ...
And McBasil soon began to make himself at home …
And he even had his very own beach!
And he even had his very own beach!
Some problems with mail, I needed a Sign for the Hoose ...
Some problems with mail, I needed a Sign for the Hoose …
Also needed to let folk know we were here ...
Also needed to let folk know we were here …
As well as starting an Ardmair Bird List, we would help with the weather forecasting too...
As well as starting an Ardmair Bird List, we would help with the weather forecasting too…
With things in place, it was time to rock the McNikon ...
With things in place, it was time to rock the McNikon …
Sadly, a spate of Wild Fires swept across the Highlands...
Sadly, a spate of Wild Fires swept across the Highlands…
But, every cloud has silver lining! My Helicopter image, made the BBC news, a half page spread in the Mail & other local press ...
But, every cloud has silver lining!
My Helicopter image, made the BBC news, a half page spread in the Mail & other local press …
Followed by a visit, to see that Helicopter close up!
Followed by a visit, to see that Helicopter close up!
I photographed my first Great Northern Loon ...
I photographed my first Great Northern Loon …
Sadly, came across a dead Loon here at Ardmair too.
Sadly, came across a dead Loon here at Ardmair too.
Utilised the sunroom into an office, but then got a thinking ...
Utilised the sunroom into an office, but then got a thinking …
... I could display & sell prints from home! I begin to mount my own images...
… I could display & sell prints from home!
I begin to mount my own images…
... not stopping there, I had some Fine Art Prints done & the office had now become a Gallery!
… not stopping there, I had some Fine Art Prints done & the office had now become a Gallery!
And McBasil was Paws on ...
And McBasil was Paws on …
I now needed a name, an image, a theme etc! 'The Wee Scottish Gallery', was formed!
I now needed a name, an image, a theme etc!
‘The Wee Scottish Gallery’, was formed!
I had a thing about Photographing Birds in Flight & here, I had won a battle of wills with the local Heron!
I had a thing about Photographing Birds in Flight & here, I had won a battle of wills with the local Heron!
That battle of wills, then won me that Months Challenge set by N-Photo magazine!
That battle of wills, then won me that Months Challenge set by N-Photo magazine!
And a wee appearance in N-Photo too!
And a wee appearance in N-Photo too!
The Skiffs World Championships were hosted at Ullapool and was officially opened by HRH Princess Royal, so I became paparazzi for that day!
The Skiffs World Championships were hosted at Ullapool and was officially opened by HRH Princess Royal, so I became paparazzi for that day!
I began to rekindle my love for Fishing ...
I began to rekindle my love for Fishing …
Caught occasionally too!
Caught occasionally too!
Old Images got rekindled too and Reginald Red Deer became a wee bit popular and appeared in several magazines in 2013
Old Images got rekindled too and Reginald Red Deer became a wee bit popular and appeared in several magazines in 2013
Reginald had to take a backstop though, I Photographed my very first Wild Pine Marten!!
Reginald had to take a backstop though, I Photographed my very first Wild Pine Marten!!
New cards arrived ...
New cards arrived …
As did Postcards etc ...
As did Postcards etc …
Even a Poster!
Even a Poster!
Then came new visitors to TWSG ...
Then came new visitors to TWSG …
... and new dear friends too. McBasil had to be centre of attention of course!
… and new dear friends too.
McBasil had to be centre of attention of course!
All left wonderful comments in TWSG visitors book.
All left wonderful comments in TWSG visitors book.
I got a Wetsuit !!
I got a Wetsuit !!
And would begin to learn Underwater Photography!
And would begin to learn Underwater Photography!
Began to source Frames etc, which would represent Ardmair, The Highlands, TWSG, McBasil & me..
Began to source Frames etc, which would represent Ardmair, The Highlands, TWSG, McBasil & me..
Then, TWSG would venture further afield! Our very first Market!
Then, TWSG would venture further afield!
Our very first Market!
My Birthday came around ...
My Birthday came around …
As did a 6 week Flu virus! Hot Toddy time!
As did a 6 week Flu virus!
Hot Toddy time!
A wee ban on Facebook, for posting a Braveheart photo! So this was my response.
A wee ban on Facebook, for posting a Braveheart photo! So this was my response.
But, then the fabulous news, that TWSG had not only been nominated, but had intact made the Finals for the Start Up Award in the Rural Oscars!
But, then the fabulous news, that TWSG had not only been nominated, but had intact made the Finals for the Start Up Award in the Rural Oscar
TWSG was sterting to evolve, other Small Businesses were now onboard, a website would be launched, plans would be discussed for 2014!
TWSG was sterting to evolve, other Small Businesses were now onboard, a website would be launched, plans would be discussed for 2014!
TWSG Website & Facebook etc were launched!
TWSG Website & Facebook etc were launched!
Then, the most wonderful assignment, the McNikon & I were out at Sea! Live Filming in battering wind & rain, whilst stood on a scaffold, on a raft, was an experience I will not forget!
Then, the most wonderful assignment, the McNikon & I were out at Sea!
Live Filming in battering wind & rain, whilst stood on a scaffold, on a raft, was an experience I will not forget!
Another day out sea, was the total opposite. Sunshine, Blue Skies, Eccles Cakes, just fabulous. I love my job!
Another day out sea, was the total opposite.
Sunshine, Blue Skies, Eccles Cakes, just fabulous.
I love my job!
Storms then arrived! But, by now, I had learnt to tether things down!
Storms then arrived!
But, by now, I had learnt to tether things down!
Oh and I nearly forgot, I began to paint Pebbles! Thinking it might help pass these long winter nights lol
Oh and I nearly forgot, I began to paint Pebbles!
Thinking it might help pass these long winter nights lol
Before we knew it, Christmas was here & 2013 was coming to a close.
Before we knew it, Christmas was here & 2013 was coming to a close.
We now plan for 2014
We now plan for 2014
Your Heart is free
Your Heart is free
Keep Trying!
Keep Trying!
And we end with thoughts and well wishes going to Schumi. A legend & an Inspiration to me.
And we end with thoughts and well wishes going to Schumi.
A legend & an Inspiration to me.

 

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4 thoughts on “Happy New Year 2014 …

  1. Thank you Karen & McBasil and I think you can safely say you have achieved so much in 2013 and I really appreciate you sharing it with us. A true inspiration and can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

  2. An eventful year, huh? So much crammed in, no time for getting bored, hope it continues throughout 2014 – preferably without too many troubles. All the best for this yet young year, for yourself and his poodle Lordship! xx

  3. What an amazing year you’ve had..
    It takes courage to restart your life.but with a belief in yourself and support from family and friends (old and new) you will overcome obstacles. You have relocated to the most tranquil spot I know of and this alone will give you the peace and calm you require. All the very best for continuing personal achievement in 2014.

  4. Happy New Year to you and McBasil. 🙂
    You had an incredibly adventurous and sometimes challenging 2013 but I hope the challenges remain for 2014…all of them good ones. I’m proud of you and all you’ve achieved since moving to your beloved Scotland.
    Love and warmest wishes to you both,
    Helen xxx

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