Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas 2012

Jane at Lance Hattatt at home December 2012 [picture by Carol Duke]

We wish everyone both peace and joy this Christmastide. We apologise for our absence over recent weeks and would assure you all that we shall return to normal posting and commenting early in the New Year.

123 comments:

  1. Happy Yule to both of you, and all the best for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! xo

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  2. So happy to see a post...
    Lovely room, lovely photo.
    Happy Holidays.

    cheers, parsnip
    woof from the Square Ones.

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  3. Dear Ones,
    Wishing you both a most wonderful Holiday season full of the most riotous joy possible (well to the extent international law will permit anyway). Will be waiting your return with updates of all your seasonal adventures. Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. – gary

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  4. Happy Christmas to the two of you, avid readers that you are!

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  5. I've missed you!
    Wishing you a lovely holiday season!
    See you in the New Year.
    xo
    pamela

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  6. Hurrah - you are back and in a wonderful setting too. I do hope that your trip was delicious and dry and equal measure. I can picture you both reclining in this wonderful room and sipping the finest festive drink. Chinking glasses with you
    Peace and much happiness to your good selves and thank you for your joyful posting in 2012
    Best wishes
    Jenny

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  7. Love the angle of your photo, hope you both have a relaxing and fun filled holiday.

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  8. Christmas and New Year Greetings dear Jane and Lance - great photo.

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  9. Wishing you both a very Happy Christmas. Wonderful picture.

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  10. A very merry and blessed Christmas to you both. I shall just give you a cheery wave as you look very small in the enormity of your room there, enjoying each other's company!

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  11. An angle of the room I don't believe we have seen before and it looks very nice and quite light given it is December. I rather miss you when you are not around and I look forward to your return next year. Best seasonal wishes.

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  12. What a beautiful room and inspired photograph! With my best wishes for a peaceful and joyful Christmas.

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  13. Wishing you both a very Happy Christmastime and a healthy and peaceful new year. M x

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  14. Have a wonderful, happy and healthy holiday period, full of creativity and travel.

    Look forward to exchanging ideas in 2013.


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  15. P.s. what is that wooden stand with a cup and saucer on each individual leaf? It looks late Victorian ish?

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    1. Dear Helen, The cups and saucers are C19 Coalport. The rosewood cake stand dates from about 1920.

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  17. Happy Christmas and an Merry New Year to you both!
    Sx

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  18. Have a blessed and amazing holidays Jane and Lance;)

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  19. Jane and Lance, wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a healthy peaceful New Year.
    I shall look forward to reading more of your interesting post's in 2013.

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  20. I was only thinking about you both yesterday, Jane and Lance and here you are.:-) Wishing you both a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year.

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  21. We wish you a very Happy Christmas as well, and a wealthy and healthy 2013. We are off next week for a break, hopefully in the sun, so we will also be blog hibernating for a short while. Keep well Diane

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  22. All good wishes for a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

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  23. Dear Jane and Lance,
    I hope the light of Christmas floods your lives, as a golden, mellow light appears to flood your sitting room above.
    We all, I feel, need some time away from talking about our lives, to go and live our lives.
    May the time that you have be so good you'll be almost lost for words.
    Much love to you,
    Faisal.

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  24. And a happy one to you (two) too. You are much younger than I imagined you to be, but maybe you have weathered extremely well! My virtual card will appear shortly as well.

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  25. Wishing you a most blessed Christmas Jane and Lance.
    A lovely photo of you both.
    God bless. Will see you both in the New Year.
    val

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  26. I commend you on your tidiness, elegance, decorum and choice of pursuit, and wish you the happiest of Christmases.

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  27. Merry, merry Christmas Jane and Lance ........... have a wonderful time, eat, drink and be merry snd 'see' you both in the New Year. Lots of love and have fun XXXX

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  28. Have a wonderful Christmas time and may the New Year bring lots of happiness and blessings to you both!! Such a gorgeous room, love that!! Enjoy xx

    Kizzy :)

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  29. Have a lovely Christmas the pair if you. Thanks for takinging me along on your wonderful adventures...
    I'm looking forward to seeing where you will take me in the new year...

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  30. And blessings to you both over Christmas and throughout the new year!

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  31. Dear Jane and Lance,

    What a lovely room!

    I wish for you all the blessings of the season and may the new year be full of new adventures, good food, fine wine, and fun times.with your most interesting friends.

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  32. oh My I love this photo...You two seem so peaceful and ..together :)...I like your kind of romance, subtle yet so obvious :). Happy Holidays to your both, looking forward to new exciting adventures...I am here buried in snow again so I might as well enjoy other people's experiences :). Kisses Jane and Lance.

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  33. Dear Jane and Lance,
    I have been missing your lovely posts. I hope all is well.
    Your home looks so inviting~
    I wish you a blessed Christmas and look forward to "seeing you"
    next year.
    ~Cheryl

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  34. All elegance and beauty is your sitting room, with the lord and lady of the manor so ardently involved in literary pursuits...great photo! love it! Seasons Greetings.

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  35. And may your Christmas may be both merry and peaceful.

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  36. Dearest Jane and Lance

    Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a New Year filled with blessings, joy, travel and good health.

    The rooms in your home must sparkle and twinkle with each of your footsteps.

    Love,

    Helen xx

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  37. Oh, such a grand and beautiful room. But, I'd be sprawled on the sofa with my feet up (shoes off, of course). Wishing you both a feliz navidad!

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  38. Hi Jane and Lance.
    Lovely to have you back. Have missed your posts and comments and trust all s well with you both. Seasons greetings and wishing you a happy and healthy New Year. Love your sitting room.
    Patricia x

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  39. What a large clear photo of the two of you!
    ;)
    I did blog something to you a few posts back and as luck would have it you didn't see...maybe later.
    DO have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Take lots of pics to share with us!!

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  40. Hoorah! Hooray! Hoorooo! (Ok, now that last one was a bit silly, I admit but how else am I to properly express my joy at your return?) And to see you both content, lost in the words and graced with warm sun. I can practically smell Timea's cooking wafting from down the hall. Remi was here as I clapped my hands with delight so I showed him your photograph. You see, I am a sneaky devil, tempting him Budapest-wards. I am determined to get there one day!
    Sending an email as well,
    Love,
    H.

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  41. Dear Lance and Jane Longstocking - how fondly I remember that beautiful room and the pleasant hours spent in your company. Thank you, thank you, thank you for those wonderful memories!
    Merry Christmas with love and affection, Sandra.

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  42. Merry Christmas and the best to you both for the New Year! Looking forward to reading about future adventures from you two!

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  43. Good to hear from you again! Enjoy a lovely Christmas my dearests : )

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  44. Dearest Jane and Lance,

    it's wonderful to even hear this blip from you. I had seen you mention that you would be 'gone' but I have missed you! It's wonderful that life is keeping you so busy.... with whatever - reading - it doesn't matter. ;) =D

    and, I absolutely LOVE this picture!!! It's just... a vision of 'you'! =] and we love you!

    So, more of that love and warmest best wishes for the holiday!

    Katy xxo and xxo and a smile

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  45. Hope you are high and dry now! But methinks it's very cold...........should I bring MY warm tights to wear like Jane?

    Such a beautiful room and a really great photo of you two.
    Sending best wishes for a beautiful Christmas and many blessings for the coming year.

    Warm hugs for the Siberian weather - I arrive there 12/19 and hope it's dry and ice-free by then.
    Mary

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  46. Dear Jane and Lance,
    Merry Christmas and a Happy, Joyous and Healthy New Year to you both! Your home in the photo above looks so lovely , and one has to crutinize carefully to see you both snuggling in those lovely chairs, "Reading a book, I presume?" (Having missed you very much the last month, I wanted to begin with "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?", but thought the better of it).
    Your blog is always a delight to me, I learn a lot AND am amused, and for that I want to thank you. I admire your diligence paired with savoir vivre! So have a wonderful time!
    Britta

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  47. I love this photo of the two of you!
    I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and an excellent New Year. Thank you for sharing your world with us through your blog. You always inspire me.
    xo

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  48. Seasons greetings and best wishes to you both for a happy and healthy 2013!

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  49. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year. Blessings, Pamela

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  50. May Christmas and 2013 be all you wish them to be.

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  51. Happy Holidays have a wonderful Christmas.

    Best wishes

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  52. You both look so relaxed enjoying reading your books.I wish you both a very Happy Christmas and I will look forward to hearing more of your adventures in 2013.
    Sarah x

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  53. Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year, Jane and Lance. You both look very comfortable in your gorgeous apartment. Hope all is very well. Looking forward to the New Year and more of your adventures. :)

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  54. Dear Jane and Lance,
    Merry Christmas to you, too, and all the best for 2013!
    Love the red tights and Mary-Janes (at least that's what they look like to me) - but then you already know (I think) that I do have more than just a penchant for colourful tights and stockings.

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  55. Your room is very elegant and you looked relaxed and calm.
    Wishing you both a wonderful Christmas and good health and happiness in the New Year.
    Penny x

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  56. Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas, dear Lance and Jane.

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  57. You look so comfortable in your beautiful drawing room (sitting room?) with your books.
    Have a wonderful Christmas.

    xo,

    Jen

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  58. What a lovely room!

    Merry Christmas Jane and Lance. All the best for 2013!

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  59. Wishing the icons of style a very happy Christmas.

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  60. Jane and Lance, It is always so good to hear from you. May you have a wonderful Christmas season and a joyous New Year. We await your return. Bonnie

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  61. Thank you very much, Jane and Lance, for your Christmas greetings. Hoping that Venice treated you well. You all look very seasonally peaceful in the gently sunlit photo.

    I wish you all a lovely Christmas and very much look forward to seeing many more of your posts in the New Year. Being able to follow your posts during 2012 has been a multi-part gift.

    xo

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  62. Jane & Lance~
    Have a wonderful Christmas & Happy New Year! Love the picture!!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  63. What a classic photo!!!
    Merry Christmas!
    XO

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  64. Merry Christmas.....
    Beautiful room...cozy

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  65. Dear Jane and Lance,

    I wish you both a merry Christmas, and I look forward to shared posts in 2013. Wishing you good health and much happiness throughout the year,

    Mark

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  66. Jane & Lance,
    The room looks wonderful and festive! Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!!!

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  67. wishing you both a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

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  68. Hello Jane and Lance, Glad you're back, and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

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  69. You two look too cute! I wish to you and yours most Merry and loving Christmas! Come back to us quickly! :)

    Hugs,

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  70. Good to see you're back. Love the photo & the festive red tights!
    Wishing the two of you a Merry Christmas and all good things for 2013.

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  71. Eat, drink and be merry Jane and Lance! Health and happiness to you both and may you return, firing on all cylinders, to entertain us with your exploits in 2013.

    Have a jolly jape! (You have been missed.) xx

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  72. PS - Your living room is exquisite!
    PPS - I like the subtle seasonal colour!

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  73. I've missed you---your adventures and travels and art and congenial gatherings. And most of all, your charming company---you just have a way of describing and relating and telling a story that draws in, draws in.

    You've been a lovely part of my life for quite some time now, and there's always a little ping of pleasure when your names pop up, on your blog or mine. I thank you for your kind comments, and look forward to seeing and hearing all about your excursions when you've time between parties and travels and your charming and most fortunate companions-in-adventure.

    Have a wonderful, warm, safe and happy Holiday Season, and many blessings in the New Year.

    DO take notes.

    rachel

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  74. This is such a splendid picture. Happy reading, happy holidays!

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  75. And a MERRY MERRY AUSSIE Christmas to you and yours too. Enjoy your sebatical from blog land. Happy New Year. We look forward to sharing 2013!! ♥♥♥

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  76. Dearest Jane & Lance,
    I am wishing you both a spectacularly memorable holiday season.
    Much love to you both.
    Di
    xxxx

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  77. Splendid photograph.
    I shall be looking forward to you enlivening 2013...and, in the meantime, have a wonderful time.

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  78. Oh, you have been missed, dear Jane and Lance!
    Enjoy your splendid little piece of Hungarian heaven, each other, and this festive, beautiful season!!!
    Blessings and love,
    - Irina

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  79. My dear Jane and Lance,

    Have a merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hope all is well with you. I adore that pictures of you both. It beautifully capture the essence of you, I thought. If I happen to walk into your drawing room one day, I do expect to see you in the middle of the room occupying in each chair reading and being absorbed in the words you read or said to each other, very genteel and civilised lord and lady of the manor. Your drawing room - my dears, sumptuousness is the last word.

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  80. PS. My dears, I have thought that this is the sort of drawing room in which the main character, Gustav von Aschenbach from Thomas Mann's Death in Venice would sit and read or prepare himself in this room for going out to dine and he might put one single red carnation into his button hole while he gazes out from these windows in the background. The atmosphere and the tone of its elegance in the drawing room is like an impressionist painting by Gustave Caillebotte.

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  81. I was just thinking of sending you an email to say hi and check in (up) on you ;), so I am happy and relieved to see your post. Have a very, very Merry Christmas, and I am looking forward to having you back for the new year!
    xxoo.

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  82. Wishing you two the Happiest of Holidays ~ besos, Candice

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  83. What a lovely Christmas card!
    I've missed you two, and am looking forward to more delightful posts in 2013.

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  84. Merry Christmas, Jane and Lance!
    I add my very warmest wishes to the pile, here, and look forward to more of your wonderful posts in the new year.
    Best regards,
    Erika

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  85. Jane and Lance, I wish you both a peaceful,happy Christmas and relaxing holiday season.

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  86. The setting in your home is lovely, and Merry Christmas to you two. See you here in the New Year or sooner.

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  87. May your Christmas be all you wish it to be, dear Hattatts.

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  88. There you are! Jane and Lance, you have been sorely missed. I hope you had a wonderful trip to Venice? Wishing you a joyful Christmas in your beautiful home, and I am hoping that 2013 turns out to be an exciting adventure for us all. With all my love, Linda xx

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  89. We've all missed you Jane and Lance. Enjoy your lovely home and the holidays...Janey

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  90. Looking forward and wishing you a merry Christmas and a wonderful start into 2013! Christa

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  91. I adore that photo!

    wishing you the best season ever...donna

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  92. Jane and Lance,

    Hello and Merry Christmas! I hope that your holiday to Venice was wonderful and that you have been perhaps enjoying an extended adventure. I am just returned from Paris and never tire of its beauty even after 30 years!

    Be well and enjoy the holidays, Elizabeth

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  93. Your photo is very peaceful, and it brings up pleasant thoughts about the upcoming holidays. I hope you enjoy them!

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  94. Have a Lovely holiday and come back to us soon. Our world is rather dim (or maybe that's the company we keep) without you!

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  95. Merry Christmas to both you little rascals! What a beautiful drawing room, not to mention those frisky looking red legs, Jane! Good health and good cheer for the New year.

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  96. Just a wee little note from me to wish you both all the compliments of the season. may it be filled with joy, merriment and love for you both.

    Lets look to the new year with fresh vigour, health and happiness.

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  97. Dear Jane & Lance,

    What a lovely photograph! You are a bit far away though. I had to put on my specs to see you properly ;-)!

    I wish the two of you a wonderful Christmas and all the best for a Happy, Sparkling, Creative and Healthy new year! I will email you ASAP.

    Much love,

    Madelief xoxo

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  98. May you both have a lovely Christmas and Happy and healthy 2013. Kindest Regards, Christine

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  99. Now that's what we call a great photo! Here's wishing you both a lovely Christmas, and a very happy and happening new year.

    Love,
    Suman

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  100. Dear Jane and Lance we wishing you both have a Magic Christmas and Happy 2013 year!
    With lot of love from cold Moscow
    Natasha & Fam

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  101. Wishing you a blessed and Merry Christmas. I have so enjoyed your wonderful blog! Gina

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  102. Merry. Christmas and happy new year !!! Et Tours mes milleures veux!!!
    Bonne fete !!!
    xxx Maria xxx

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  103. Hello My friends,

    I wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays in Budapest!

    Greetings
    XX
    Jérôme

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  104. Sending Merry Christmas wishes to you both...
    Kellemes Karácsonyt kívánok nektek! (Hope that's correct ;)
    Much love,
    - Irina

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  105. Merry Christmas dear ones!!! I too have been very absent as of late and hope to get back to normal blogging in the near future as well.
    Blessings to you for the New Year!!!
    xo J~

    PS. Your home looks absolutely lovely!

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  106. Merry Christmas to you Jane and Lance!
    your room is charming!

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  107. Merry Christmas!
    Let us all look forward to a brighter and better New Year!
    Love your pic.

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  108. I wish you both happy Holidays and a lovely New Year filled with astonishing, breathtaking new experiences...Kisses.

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  109. Dear Jane and Lance, may you have a happy, healthy and wonderful 2013. Jane xx

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  110. Best wishes to the Hattatts for the happiest New Year!

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  111. Jane and Lance, wishing you both all good and wonderful experiences during 2013 and may happiness and good health follow you always.
    New year greetings, from HOT SWEATY Australia.........
    (I bow to the person who invented refrigerated air conditioning)

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  112. Wishing you both a Happy New Year and fabulous 2013!

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  113. Hello! Happy New Year! I wish all the bests to You and to Your family!

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  114. My dearest Hattat's has someone ran off with you? I do hope not, we need you here! I do hope you had a most marvellous Christmas, and I am hoping and praying that 2013 has many fun-filled happy and glorious days for you. Big hugs to you both, Linda xx

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  115. Hope your Christmas was happy and that you will have a happy new year!
    Glad to know about the restaurant in Brighton that you mentioned on an earlier post, Food For Friends, it has a gluten free menu. Hope I can find it when I am next in England! Take care!

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  116. and a happy ....and peaceful.....new year to you!!

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  117. Merry Christmas and THE best wishes for the new year! I haven't caught up with you in awhile, was relying, idiotically in hindsight, that blogger automatically made me aware of new posts via my 'favourites's' list. Damn my error! Hope all is well in your world; will enjoy catching up with a glass of Australian Sparking!
    x KL

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  118. I am thrilled to have had time to catch up on your posts which I have missed due to my studies.

    I wish you both health and happiness for the coming year. Your beautiful room in the photo is full of warmth and peace, light and creativity.

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  119. We have all missed you Jane & Lance.

    It sounds like your New Year will be just as exciting and event packed as the last. We look forward to what you will share with us. Happy New Year! ...Janey

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  120. Sweet friends,

    I have missed you two dears and wish you the very best of this young new year.

    How kind that you photographer was able to give us just a glimpse of a self portrait. Your home is lovely and you both appear rested and content.

    Bonne année,
    Genie

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