‘Wherever You Are’…..

…. is the title of a beautiful song, sung by the newly formed Military Wives Choir, which is currently racing up the charts here in the UK (and raising money for some very worthy charities too!)

It is also a very apt title for this Christmas post because, wherever YOU are in the world,  tonight ‘Painting Skiathos’ is thinking of you, all its loyal supporters, followers and friends, old and new, and sending a very special thank you, for yet another amazing year!

Tonight, back home in London once again, the festive preparations are all but complete; cards have been posted, the house decorated:

pies and cakes baked & iced:

gifts wrapped and ready under the tree. The house is aglow with candles and twinkling fairy lights:

and is filled with the comforting aromas of, pine, oranges and cinnamon.

Most important of all, loved ones are safely returned, tucked-in, and all under one roof once again…while those no longer with us, along with absent friends in far places, are held close; very much in our thoughts and hearts……and I know I have so much to be thankful for.

So all that remains, is for me to wish everyone a very festive holiday season and a ‘Happy,  Prosperous, and above all, Peaceful, New Year!’

From the bright lights of London’s West End:

‘St Christopher’s Place’ (off Oxford St.) in pen ink & wash

Merry Christmas Everyone!

‘Wherever you are’……….

12 thoughts on “‘Wherever You Are’…..

  1. Dearest Yvonne, How beautiful!! but then you always do it all beautifully!!
    We hope you had a beautiful Christmas Day and that 2011 will bring only Joy to you and your family.
    All our love, Cristiana and Lina


    • Oh Cristiana – how lovely to hear from you! Thank you so much for your good wishes (and kind words!) I wish you and Lina a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful, Prosperous New Year – and very much look forward to seeing you both again in the summer. Much Love, Yvonne xx


  2. What a beautful home you have in London Yvonne. I hadnt realised you were here right now. My daughter and I were in London on Tuesday and took in Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and all the lights – a little bit of nostalgia. It was lovely. Beautiful photos and I hope you all have a very happy Christmas. Hope to maybe see you in 2012 if you return to the rock.
    Christine x


    • Oh I wish I’d known, Chris! You were so close – you both could have popped in for a Christmas drink and mince pie! Next time…..Meanwhile, Hope you have a lovely Christmas…and a Very happy New Year! Hope to see you in the summer. Y xx


  3. Beautiful, beautiful! Oh, I so needed that color and sparkle! Leave it to you to provide it … thank you so much Yvonne. Blessings to you and yours from Paul and I in California – may the year ahead bring us more color, more music, more laughter, more love and a world more filled with kindness. Kali Xronia!


    • Thank you Eleanore! Your wonderful words are as always, so encouraging and so gratefully received! My very Best to you, Paul, Bree and all your wonderful family & friends – the 4-legged ones too!- and I’ll raise a glass (or two!) to your thoughtful good wishes and look forward to seeing you next year on our special island. Much Love till then, Yxx


  4. MERRY CHRISTMAS Yvonne! What wonderful photos and a nice letter. You are a true artist in every sense of the word and I think your talent is a real gift from above. Lisa


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