Thank You & Happy Holidays

Monday, 19 December 2011



I was watching the BBC's latest version of Tess of the D'Urbervilles last night, and the first couple of scenes in which Tess seemingly evaporates into the beauty of the misty landscape in her pure white dress lingered like perfume. What I always seem to want this time of year is to travel. The end-of-year holiday period makes me miss my friends and family overseas even more. But since I can't realistically afford to travel, I go on imaginative travel through the screen instead. And I want to take you all along with me on this imaginary travel. I can't think of a better way to say thank you, and to round-up this year of posts on my blog.

This is my last post for the year, as I'd like to take a small break till next year. This would sound dramatic if 'next year' wasn't just under two weeks away. I can't believe December is nearly over, and I'm generally wondering where this year went. But before I say goodbye to this year and hello to the next, I want to take a moment to say a very big thank you to everyone who has read and commented on this blog in the past year.

I can honestly say that one of my favourite things about my blog are the comments left by you guys. This is my way of showing you all how much I appreciate them. I've mentioned many times how hard it is to put yourself out there, to share your ideas and opinions on such a public forum. And while it hasn't been perfect, it has been immensely rewarding for me. I still go through periods where I wonder why anyone reads this blog at all, so thank you.

Besides Tess's wistful landscape, here are a few more places I'd like to take you ...



: : Catherine Moorland's many contemplative rooms, from ITV's Northanger Abbey.




: : Cathy's room at Thrushcross Grange, from ITV's Wuthering Heights.




: : The Cobb in Lyme Regis, from ITV's Persuasion.



: : The hauntingly beautiful dream-space of the stage, from Black Swan.




: : The Temple of Apollo, Stourhead Garden, Wiltshire, England, from Joe Wright's Pride and Prejudice.




: : Christine's rose-filled dressing room at the Paris Opera House, from Joel Schumacher's The Phantom of the Opera.



: : Sun-baking in an English garden, from the Poirot episode, 'Taken at the Flood'.

Alas, that was a short trip. But here's to an adventure-filled 2012. Next year will be filled with excitement for me, as it'll mean the publication of my first book. I'm looking forward to that moment when I hold a copy in my hands. And I also have many plans for this blog, one of which involves an idea I've been discussing with some friends and colleagues: starting our own online literary magazine. I want to take this seriously and do it properly, so right now, I'm seeking advice from various people with more experience in the field.

I hope you all have some exciting plans tucked away under your sleeves as well. Have a lovely Christmas or Hanukkah (like me), and a wonderful New Year. Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart. I'll see you all in the first few days of January!


Barakketh said...

Thank you for the tour, it is the explanation I will provide to my boss about why I am reading out on the grass.
Favourite new blog for 2011 *badge*

ronnie said...

mmmm how lovely! all the best for the festive season - and a very happy new year to you!

*from over the ways

xx ronnie

jennifer said...

My favourite kind of tour, all my favourite films and tv shows. Thank you for this post and all your posts - they're always so intelligent and insightful and interesting. (Even with alliteration!) Have a wonderful holiday! xx
ps. Very excited for this online literary journal, sounds perfect.

Tana said...

That is great your imaginative tour! that is almost a year i follow you (i started with the post 'Le renard et l'enfant'),and I`d like to thank you for every word you share with us! Happy holidays,Hila!Have a wonderful time.Best wishes

lola is beauty said...

Thank you for the tour Hila - it makes me appreciate misty, damp England in winter and draughty houses more...

Have a lovely holiday break and looking forward to seeing what you've got up your sleeve in 2012!


See Hear Say said...

happy hannukah hila, have a lovely break and all the best with all the plans in the new year!! big hugs x

Danielle P. said...

I love the way you travel, hila! No outrageous hidden fees or disagreeable fellow passengers involved, and one may go at one's own rhythm.

Your blog is constantly inspiring and thought-provoking. I agree with you about the comments you receive; in this little corner of the web, it's always a pleasure to read others' thoughts.

Happy end-of-year festivities, and may all of your projects move apace in the new year!

Jane Flanagan said...

Happy Hanukkah! I hope you have a lovely break. 2012 is going to be such a great year for you!

And thank you for this beautiful imaginative trip!

julie digs design said...

This is so cool and such a beautiful post! Cheers, Julie

MissJW said...

Thank you for the lovely tour. You have a great eye for pattern, detail, and colour.

B said...

What a strange coincidence (the magazine). Have a lovely holiday period. x

If Jane said...

happy hannukah hila
חנוכה שמח


If Jane said...

חנוכה שמח !!!


rooth said...

Happy Holidays Hila! Have a great one and see you next year

hungryandfrozen said...

OH the things I could contemplate if I had Catherine Moorhead's rooms. Beautiful screenshots, I loved this little zoom round the world. I've really enjoyed reading your blog since recently discovering it, and look forward to carrying on doing so in 2012 - have a lovely break!

fifth floor apartment said...

have a lovely break. i'm in love with those first two shot!

xo Alison

elliottwithlove said...

Happy holidays, Hila. :) And thank you for yet another lovely post. What beautiful spaces! My favorite is the garden, if only because I would love some warm sun right now. It's so cold here in my corner of the world!

Also, I just want to take this opportunity to say that I've really enjoyed reading your posts. Your blog is one of my favorites, and I'm always excited when I see a new entry pop up on my rss reader. I really appreciate the thought, personalness, and professionalism that you put into everything that you write. I look forward to your future plans for this blog.

Sasha said...

Ah, a return to some of my favorite places. I think I'm going to run off and watch a lovely film. Hope your break is filled with goodness and that the last days of 2011 are warm and wonderful.

Naomi Bulger said...

Beautiful, beautiful. Thank you for this eye poetry, Hila. A trip to be taken again and again. Have a lovely, restful break.

amy said...

i watched northanger abbey just last week, henry tilney was a bit cute!

RetreatingAndAdvancing said...

wish you a wonderful christmas! enjoy your break :)

angela said...

Thank you for the post, loving the period film bits!

Ana said...

YES! 2012 is going to be THE year. I'm sure of it. Your plans sounds really exciting! Good luck with all that. Happy Hanukkah, lovely holidays, and I'll be reading you in a few days :)

mika @ Blue and the Girl said...

I hope you have a very wonderful and restful break Hila!! I'd like to say thank you to you for the travels your blog offers - I feel my mind inching open when I read your work and reflections - it is a wonderful sensation!! Thank you too for visiting me - your thoughts and comments are so appreciated - I look forward to meeting with you more next year! Mika x

nancy said...

oh, wow! a book and a magazine... that sounds like a brilliant idea, by the way! thank you for your posts and your opinions and your constantly encouraging comments on my blog. :) have a wonderful holiday season and a healthy, happy new year!

Katarina said...

Happy holidays Hila! Following your blog is a pleasure, every post is a treat. Like this one...wish I could see those itv versions! I need to look them up online.
Excited for your book and magazine plans - what a year ahead! Enjoy it :)
All the best x

Tracey said...

Oh I love imaginative travel ... it's so good for the soul, and you've taken us on a beautiful journey. Sorry I've been such an absent visitor to your blog lately, here's hoping I will drop by more often next year (it's felt like a long year).

Enjoy your break, and all of your wonderful plans and projects for the new year sound exciting indeed!! 2012 will be magic, I just know it.

Once again, I shall wish you a happy Hanukkah Hila.

Sarah said...

thoroughly enjoyed the tour, thank you! so excited for the publishing of your first book. and i hope you have an amazing break this december!

here's to an incredible adventure ahead! :) i'll be sure to come visit this little space of yours again. happy hanukkah, sweets! xx

Hotly Spiced said...

Some wonderful destinations there but my favourite would have to be where they filmed 'A Room With a View'. An old movie now but I bet the scenery is still the same. Merry Christmas.

Mary said...

I am so happy I found your blog. Thanks for sharing your words and pictures. I look forward to 'seeing' your again in January.

Galit said...

Dear one! Thank you for your blog!
The other day I was looking for a magazine to read - something else than reading books - and I realize there are not so many magazines I appreciate that much anymore - most are just bombing you with ads from cover to cover and just blurbs and shallow opinions in between. In a way your blog is a part of a circle of blogs I personally see as my own, personal magazine - you write about ideas I appreciate and relate to, and always mix it with such great aesthetics and your amazing eye for beauty. I'm so excited by your idea of expanding this place into a literary magazine! Can't ask for more!

Thank you for a great year of beautiful posts and images! Sorry I don't comment that often - I read each and every post of yours. Many times I'm overwhelmed by your words and doesn't feel like I can contribute anything valuable to what you said... I'm not that good with expressing my opinions the way you do!

Hope the holidays will hold special moments of friends, gathering and happy family time! Happy Chrismakkah (yes! I'm using it non stop now! :) )!!!

Ella said...

What a great selection of images from these wonderful films!

AND YAY! A BOOK!!! I'm so happy for you :)

may 2012 bring even more things in store!

Olga said...

I`m so glad that we have had a chance to meet this year. For me, your blog is a source of fascinating intellectual information.

Umi said...

Beautiful selection of images! :)
And happy holidays!

Alexandre Fabbri said...

The closer you get, the further you are.

Sandra said...

all the movies that you talk about look really good. I may see some of them now that the holidays give me so many free time.x

Petra said...

thank you for the trip :) and thanks for your blog. your posts are always thoughtful and thought provoking, something that is hard to come by.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday time. best of luck to you. see you again next year :)


KAAM {hand-made} said...

Happy holidays! I plan to watch many many movies and costume drama seems perfect to watch next to a fireplace. Best Kamila

Sally said...

happy holidays hila! just now catching up on my reader after almost a month...i look forward to reading your posts over the holidays. xo

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andrea despot said...

happy holidays, hila! thank you for the beautiful trip through images! i am one of those who immensely enjoys your blog, from your though-provoking posts to the beautiful imagery from some of my favorite films. i'm so glad i've found your blog and have gotten to know a little bit about you, even though my own blog doesn't offer much in the way of me, other than images i like and what's kinda going on in my life. xo

odessa said...

ah..these images are so so lovely. i can honestly say that you and your blog is one of the most beautiful things that i 'found' online. thank you for sharing this lovely space with us, hila. i hope you are having a great holiday. and here's to a new year filled with wonderful surprises! xoxo

Jazzy E (Hivenn) said...

Beautiful. x hivennn

naomemandeflores said...

Hila, thank you for this amazing tour and for making my days a lot happier with your amazing blog posts. Have a fantastic holiday season!

Camila Faria

helen tilston said...

Hello Hila

I just discovered your beautiful blog and am your most recent follower. I shall look forward to welcoming you to mine

Anna Emilia said...

It is very beautiful here, enjoyed my evening tea with your writings.

Long time ago I talked about colors, numbers and letters with a friend. It is time to catch up with her, thanks to you.

Wishing you a happy landing for 2012.

Slightly snowy greetings, but warm, from Finland.

avalonne hall said...

Your blog has continually inspired me throughout the year. The last few months have been slow for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed flipping through your blog and soaking in all your words and inspiration. I hope to be a better blogger and follower this year. Thank you for inspiring me. Happy New Year and wishing you a great 2012 with new magical adventures! xoxo

hila said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you everyone! I'm so very touched by all these comments. I hope everyone had a suitably lovely break and happy new year to you all!


if jane/nancy: I'm so impressed with your hebrew effort! thank you so much, it makes me feel special :)

amy: he was just that :)

tracey: I completely understand tracey - here's to a better year this year!

galit: thank you for your kindness and support galit. I really hope though my posts haven't been alienating, and I'm sorry if I've overwhelmed too much - I do get carried away.

avalonne hall: there are only so many hours in the day :) don't worry, I understand.