Friday, December 21, 2012

City Views, Country Dreams

Hello from New York on the very first day of winter in the year 2012.

Please do fill this little watercolor Christmas tea cup with whatever beverage you prefer and join me in toasting all that is glorious about this very beautiful time of the year.

Many thanks to all of you who've visited hereabouts during the past year.  I've enjoyed your comments, and even been able to meet some of you all in person.  Let's look forward to many fine days in the New Year that is just around the corner.


  1. Dear Frances,

    It has been a joy visiting your blog the past year. Although I have never been to NY myself, thanks to you it feels as if I have :-). I hope the new year will be a happy one for you.


    Madelief x

  2. Happy Christmas to you, dear Frances. Hope that the New Year will be fulfilling all your dreams.

  3. A Happy Christmas from Shropshire - you bring so much pleasure to so many people, here's to more news and views of New York in 2013.


  4. Dear Frances, Did you paint the lovely teacup? Wish I could have a spot of tea with you. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Looking forward to my visits to New York through your eyes.

  5. Now we know it is officially Christmas, Frances has painted her cup of Christmas cheer!

    Have a good one Frances. x

  6. Happy Christmas to you Frances - and thank you for the many cyber strolls around NY which let us see that city through the eyes of someone who lives there.

    Hoping that 2013 brings you health, peace and prosperity. Take care.

  7. I so enjoy my tours with you, Frances, and look forward to more in the coming year.
    Very best wishes for a happy Christmas.

  8. My choice would be ginger tea with
    Myer lemons now readily available
    in New York City with a wee or not
    so small drop of whiskey.

    Merry Christmas from your pals downtown in Tin Pan Alley and
    thanks for your lovely drawing.

    M.& K.

  9. What a pretty teacup. Wishing you a very happy Christmas and the joy of the days getting longer and brighter.

  10. Hi Frances;
    Thank you for your nice comments on my blog! Thanks to you I have a little look in USA-Even New York!
    I read your comment in Madeliefs Blog( we met sometimes!) And found a link for you with info and video's;
    Thy are making a movie about it.
    Its very special to create a sort of new nature in Holland; cause e don't have much real wilderness here anymore..
    Wishing you Happy Xmas!
    greetings Fleur

  11. Dear Frances,
    Many Christmas cheers to you too!
    It's always a pleasure to come and visit your blog and read about NYC.
    Have a wonderful and very Happy Christmas!
    xoxo Ingrid

  12. Enjoy the Holidays - thanks so much for sharing your beautiful city with us all.


  13. Dear Frances, you are so talented - what a lovely painting. At this moment I am sipping a morning coffee and raising my own cup to you, to toast you and your lovely blog which gives me great pleasure to visit, as well as our friendship which this medium has made possible!
    I wish you a wonderful Christmas season. I have high hopes that your travels in 2013 might include another meeting!
    Karen xoxo

  14. Dear Frances, your blogs are really a Fairy Tale from New York, which, I think is the title of a book. Fairy is meant not in any sense of being unreal, but in the sense of magic which, I suppose, New York is. Hardly a real place at all, but almost an invented place with its chronic chaos of invention, artistry and world dominating economics. You blogs provide an anchor, an island perhaps in this vast maelstrom, a place to rest and make sense of the world. The detail is queen of all she surveys. So thank you for all these trips down the transatlantic fast lane that is Manhattan through its many changing seasons. Merry Christmas!

  15. Here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years. Cx

  16. May your days be merry and bright Frances... I have really enjoyed my visits with you this year x

  17. Such a lovely painted tea cup, Frances! I always enjoy visiting you :)
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
    Helen x

  18. That is a beautiful cup, Frances. Mulled apple cider would be wonderful.

    Merry Christmas, Frances! I hope 2013 is a wonderful year for you.

  19. I get so many compliments on the lovely tea cup card proudly displayed at my house!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS, dear Frances

  20. I have been remiss and not commented much on your blog at all this year, but do read regularly. And have enjoyed it greatly.
    So all the best to you from a very soggy Norfolk on this Christmas Eve.

  21. Happy Christmas wishes Frances. Today I am having a quiet day, spoiling myself by doing absolutely nothing!
    A time to reflect, recharge and look to the new year.
    Thank you for my new edition, which i have added to my beautiful collection, very much admired. I hope you are enjoying a relaxing break, perhaps with s walk through the park, some knitting and spoiling yourself with some tasty treats.
    Best wishes for 2013 and more interesting days to share as you write so eloquently and enthusiastically about your beloved city. Take care. Millyx

  22. I'm a bit late coming to this tea party, Frances, but could I please have a nice strong English Breakfast blend please?
    We're still in the midst of celebrations here, and a cup of tea and a pause would be welcome.
    It has been such a pleasure to visit New York with you as a guide, and I look forward to the day I can visit for real again, and see some of the places that have become favourites!

  23. Frances, I enjoy reading your blog but have never made a visit to New York. Two granddaughters work in this big city. One in the best Vegan eating place and another in the financial district.
    So your sharing gives me a picture
    of this special city...

  24. Hello Frances. I do hope you and yours have had an absolutely wonderful Christmas. Annie :D

  25. A Happy New Year to you, Frances! I look forward to visiting your blog and learning more about NYC in 2013!

  26. I love your cup and saucer and just now I fancy sharing a cup of hot chocolate with you dear Frances. I wish you all you wish for yourself in the New Year and thank you for all your lovely posts where you transport me to another world.

  27. Wishing you all the best in the coming new year! Thank you so much for your blogfriendship.
    Groetjes, Heleen en Corry:)

  28. Best Wishes for the New year. Hope it is a Happy, healthy and Creative year.
    Look forward to reading your posts.

  29. I'd love to know what a Meyer lemon is. They sound special.I'd put lemon and ginger in that cup. Happy New Year Frances!

  30. Hello dear Frances,

    Wishing for you a happy new year filled with everything you wish for. Love your pretty cup and saucer, so wish I could be with you sharing with a cuppa.