Happy New Year Everyone…

First of all, I would like to wish all my readers and fellow bloggers a Happy New Year. I do hope you enjoyed your festivities. Let’s hope better times are ahead and 2023 isn’t as harsh as some predict.

Well, I eventually got over the flu… over 5 weeks… of lack of energy and feeling like I’d been dragged through a hedge backwards. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I’ve had flu before but never like this. I did the lateral flow test now and again… all negative.

Thank you all for your kind messages, they have been so comforting…

My sympathises lie with all those who are suffering or have suffered this horrible virus. It is so debilitating, believe me, it zaps every ounce of energy out of you.

New Year New Changes

Going forward in 2023, I am making the following changes.

Five at Five

I really enjoyed this series as I know you did… but I was finding I was spending way too much time trying to get people to take part. I am thankful for all those that have participated, you made the series what it is; and for any future participants (which I hope there will be.)

Going forward, the challenge is still open, and if people want to participate just email me with your answers and I will do a post. I just don’t have the time now to do what I was doing before. Remember you don’t have to be a professional photographer to participate, it you a just a snap-shot photographer you are more than welcome.

And don’t forget even if you write a lot, there are writer’s questions as well. So please, don’t be shy, read how to join in and then email me your answers to brashley.photography@outlook.com.

And readers, if you know of anyone who you think my like to get that little bit of extra coverage … tell them about this series and hopefully they will join in.

Mid-Week Monochrome and Floral Friday

No changes here, I will still host these challenges and Mid-Week Monochrome is back on Wednesday and Floral Friday is back this Friday.

I hope to still participate in other bloggers challenges… as and when I can.

Bacardi Girl Blog

I also want to post more on my other blog Bacardi Girl UK. It will be a mixture of reviews, general topics, and short stories as well as my rants about the world we live in today. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ And boy, can I rant… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

So, this cheeky little face says: Here’s to 2023 being a better year.

Happy New Year … here’s to a better 2023

And finally, for my first floral image of 2023, I give you this beautiful dahlia photographed at Nymans in West Sussex, as part of Cee’s Flower of the Day Photography Challenge.

A photograph of a pink dahlia photographed at Nymans in West Sussex.

Camera Settings

Camera: Canon EOS 70D
Lens: Canon EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
F/Number: f/6.3
ISO: 100
Focal Distance: 50 mm

Shutter Speed: 1/80 sec
Photograph Date: 22.10.2022
Location: Nymans, West Sussex
Photographer: Ashley Ryan
Software: Adobe Lightroom Classic


31 responses to “Happy New Year Everyone…”

  1. Hi Bren – Good to know you’re finally better. I sympathise, as one of my daughters had That ‘Flu over Christmas, and it effectively ruined the whole period for her. It’s horrid, isn’t it? Good to see you’re back blogging too. I may not participate quite so regularly in Midweek Monochrome as I too am reviewing how things go with my blog: I’ll be doing less, that’s for sure. But you can’t get rid of me either!

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    1. Oh no.. hope your daughter is feeling better now… It is a horrible virus. I’ve never known anything like it. D πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Don’t disappear too far, we will all miss you… but I can understand how you feel about blogging.


      1. I’m not going – just reviewing things. Complicated … too much going on!

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        1. So pleased to hear that…


  2. All the best for 2023 in good health and with a lot of photography fun !

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  3. Happy New Year, sorry you still aren’t 100%

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    1. Nearly 100%… but still feel tired.

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  4. Glad you are feeling better, the flu here has taken weeks of recovery for many of my friends too. Looking forward to a healthy 2023 for you!

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    1. I know it is an awful virus.


  5. I’m glad to hear you’re finally getting over the flu – there are some horrible strains around this year. And that dahlia is a wonderful way to mark the new year!

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    1. Thank you xx… It feels good to feel better..

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  6. Hey, Bren! Good to hear from you again. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead. Glad you are feeling some better after that awful sounding flu. Love the bright flower, and the santa ornament is so cute! πŸ™‚

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    1. I got him ages ago.. when I first saw him in the shop.. he is a cute santa.


  7. Happy new year to you, Bren πŸŽ‰ Great to see you back & firing on all cylinders; it’s been a quieter place with you away!!! I’ll certainly be looking up your “rant site” more often as well πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. Oh thank you Jez… firing on all cylinders now… I felt so tired I was going to bed earlier than kids were. :D:D:D:D

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  8. Glad you are feeling much better. Happy 2023!

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    1. Happy new Year xx


  9. So glad you are feeling better and starting to participate again. You were missed and thought of often. Love your dahlia πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you Cee xx I’m glad to back xx

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  10. Glad you’re back and feeling better. Sounds like a grim five weeks! I understand about the time and real life takes priority. Beautiful flower and cute ornament.


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    1. Thank you Janet… I’m glad to be back… I just love that ornament, he’s so cute.

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  11. Glad you are on the mend! Love your dahlia!

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    1. Thank you so much Nora xx

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  12. Happy New Year! I am new to your blog, and new to blogging. I like challenges so I will read up on yours and join in as health permits. Please keep moving forward on the mend from your illness. Better days are ahead!

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    1. Tomorrow starts, Mid-Week Monochrome Challenge. So, from tomorrow till next Tuesday, you can submit your image for the week.

      And thank you for wishing me a speedy recovery.

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  13. Happy New Year Bren. I am glad that the flu is out the window. I pray your 2023 is filled with bliss and beautifully things just like your name BrenπŸ’―πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ™


    1. Thank you xx Happy New Year to you and your family xx

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