Monday, December 31, 2012

Hogmanay .

Another year nearly gone. Kilts and sporrans found in time for tonights Hogmanay celebrations. Then its off at a canter into the New Year. A trip to the dog loving lady and the blind school in India followed by a long Easter trip to California. Then time to focus on new PON brothers.

For the New Year an upbeat, optimistic, happy little poem written by a Welsh lady , Sheenagh Pugh, who lives in the Shetlands.  A 2013 New Year hope in verse. 


Sometimes things don't go , after all ,
from bad to worse. Some years , muscadel
faces down frost ; green thrives ; the crops don't fail,
sometimes a man aims high , and all goes well.

A people sometimes step back from war ;
elect an honest man ; decide they care
enough , that they can't leave some stranger poor.
Some men become what they were born for.

Sometimes our best efforts do not go
amiss ; sometimes we do as we meant to.
The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow
that seemed hard frozen ; may it happen to you.

Sheenagh Pugh.


  1. Blwyddyn Newydd Dda I chi!
    Bev, Molly & Rupiec x

  2. Bliadhna Mhath ùr dhuibh uile!

    See you on the other side!


  3. Happy Hogmanay!! Are you sure your kilt still fits after a year of eating all those wonderful pastries?
    Have a good one and Happy New Year to you and the Font!!

    1. Funny you say that. Earlier today someone commented on my ' thickening ' midrift. What nonsense !

    2. I love the Font!
      I'm sure she was ready with some safety pins for a quick kilt adjustment to accommodate the "thickening" midriff.
      Did I already say I love the Font?

  4. New Pon brothers! How exciting! Happy New Year to you and the Font!

  5. 2013 is going to be EXCITING for you! New PON brothers! We over here can hardly wait. Beautiful poem too! Speaks volumes. My aunt sent me a kilt years ago with our clan tartan, but I have managed to lose my kilt pin. So, no tartan wearing for me until I head back to Dingwall to fetch another kilt pin.

    Happy Hogmanay to you and 'the font'!!!!

  6. Enjoy the festivities. May you and your family have a happy, healthy, safe New Year. And dreams of PONS to come! Beautiful tartan!

  7. Lovely poem. Truly kind words without going overboard. I hope you and 'The Font' have a great evening. I look forward to reading about your adventures.

  8. i love it when you get out the kilt. i wish you'd do a picture.
    from the neck down of course! would love to see you in full regalia. here's to scotsmen and hogmanay and wise swedish gourmets and safe travels and beautiful wee brothers waiting to be brought home to france profonde!
    tammy j
    and the poem? well. the poem was nigh onto perfect. thanks for sharing it here.

  9. Oh that poem : step back from war, elect an honest man, decide they care. I'll join you in wishing it's a 'sometimes' year. Sally and Conrad. xxxx

  10. Perfect poem. Thank you. After a difficult few days, just what I needed to read.
    I'm so looking forward to the PON search.
    Happy New Year
    Gail (and Bertie).
    PS Did you know that tomorrow afternoon in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, there will be a 'Dogmanay' festival, including an opportunity to 'hug a husky' ?

  11. Happy New Year!!! Looking forward to all 2013 has to bring. It will be a great year indeed!

  12. Happy New Year! Is that a MacDonald tartan hiding behind the sporran? If so you would be right at home here with your kin in Nova Scotia.
    I'm very excited about the prospect of the PON brothers. Puppies for 2013!!! There's a great blessing.

  13. Wishing you all a happy, healthy 2013! And thanks for this blog.

  14. Sometimes I think we can all use a simple, uncomplicated poem like this. I like it for its directness, and kind offer of comfort.

    Angus, I wish you and 'the Font' all the best for the upcoming year! And like so many, I look forward to continuing to read about life in deepest France Profonde, and the new additions when they arrive!

    PS: It looks like we in the US are starting the year right, they are saying on the news this evening that we are going over the 'fiscal cliff.'

  15. Reading your blog makes my day! Happy New Year to you and The Font. Wishing you all good things in 2013, especially two new cuddly PONS - we all are waiting for them!

    The McWhinneys in Tiburon, California (just across the bay from San Francisco -- come visit!)

  16. Some hae meat and canna eat,
    And some wad eat that want it;
    But we hae meat, and we can eat,
    Sae let the Lord be thankit.
    R. Burns

    Wishes for a happy New Year.

  17. Happy Hogmanay! May 2013 smile upon you. I love that poem, and it sounds like a busy and happy 2013 is in the works for you! :)

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  18. Our wishes for you in 2013: health, happiness, and dog hair :-) Thank you, Angus, for a lovely trip in 2012. Happy New Year to you and the "Font" and your family.

  19. Beautifully hopeful Angus. Happy New Year. Love that this will be the year of the PON brothers! I have decided too that it is time for a dog in my life again.

  20. Such a happy place to visit today.
    Such a poem.
    Such good news... PON brothers!
    And may we be in California at the same time this year!
    xoxo and good wishes to all.