A Field of Sheep For A Happy New Year

Only seven days into 2016, not too late I hope to wish you all a Happy New Year!  I’m a straggler, always it seems…

Bogged down with other, behind-blog ‘stuff’ at the moment and finding it pretty impossible to get moving here, nevertheless, I hope to catch up with you all as soon as I can.  I plan my first, ‘proper’ post next week in which I hope to share my thoughts about three years of blogging.  How did that happen?  I have no idea…

Meanwhile, I don’t have any wise or inspirational or motivational words for the New Year, nor do I have any resolutions.  It’s all I can do to cross one thing off my to-do list each day.  That’s resolution enough for me.

But I can leave you with a photo of some sheep.

There’s a walk hubby and I like to take high above the rolling hills of the Dorset countryside when we want to clear our heads.  The path, after endless rain and wind and short, dark days, looked like this and perfectly describes where I stand just about now ~

Stuck In Mud (c) Sherri Matthews Minterne Magna, Dorset Dec 2015

Stuck In Mud
(c) Sherri Matthews Minterne Magna, Dorset Dec 2015

The view on one side of the path looks like this and describes what I need to do ~

Just Breathe (c) Sherri Matthews 2015

Just Breathe
(c) Sherri Matthews Dec 2015

And on the other side are the sheep which make me smile ~

Hope & Expectation (c) Sherri Matthews 2015

Hope & Expectation
(c) Sherri Matthews Dec 2015

Intrigued by the lone black sheep and wanting a photo,  I walked up to the fence as close as I could get amongst the brambles, but another sheep, seemingly just as intrigued by us, ambled across the field right up to the fence and stole centre stage.

We stared at one another like this for a few minutes.  I adore her sweet face.  In fact, I almost want to cry just looking at it, because something about her expression reminds me not to give up, to keep hopeful expectation alive in my heart, to press on and keep walking on that muddy path until the sun shines again.  Which it will.

And it means I do have a New Year message to send you after all: May your 2016 be filled with hopeful expectation no matter how much mud you have to wade through to get to your field of sheep.

See you as soon as I can.

Love Sherri xxx

About Sherri Matthews

Sherri is a writer with work published in print magazines, anthologies and online. As a young British mum of three, she emigrated to California and stayed for twenty years. Today she lives in England's West Country, a full-time carer within her family. Her current WIP after completing her memoir is a psychological thriller.
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168 Responses to A Field of Sheep For A Happy New Year

  1. Lisa Reiter says:

    Doh! I DID see this and the expectant sheep and somehow failed to comment! Please don’t give up. I’ve just emailed some hope, even if it perhaps only covers some of the ‘behind blog “stuff”‘!
    Keep at it girlfriend! Lisa xx

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    • Sherri says:

      Hi Lisa! No worries, I’ve had some problems with my site this week anyway, hopefully resolved now. Some bloggers haven’t been able to find my blog, and I haven’t been able to comment on some. Ahh…just one more hassle, ha! I just saw your email – thank you so much, I could use plenty of hope! – so will head there now and reply. So kind of you, means a lot that…you’re a star ⭐ ❤ xx

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  2. Seyi sandra says:

    Now I feel like crying reading this Sherri. We all have mud we need wade through, if we don’t we’ll be lying cold in the ground. I stared at that sheep for what seemed like hours…
    Thank you for this sweet message my friend, God bless you richly! And may this year spring wonderful surprises that would delight your heart daily!
    Much love to you and your family. 🙂 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Oh you are so right dear Seyi. And yes, I could not take my eyes of such a beautiful, sweet sheep. Her expression blesses me so much. Who would have thought it? I love your message, thank you so much…’wonderful surprises that would delight your heart daily!’ Oh I love the sound of that! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend my friend. I saw your post come up in my email notification, but I am having trouble leaving comments. WP are dealing with it for me, but I won’t visit until I am back to normal as I can’t visit and just ‘like’ 🙂 I am hoping to get my post out today. Long overdue. I will be over to you in the week as soon as all my WP issues are sorted. Sending much love and blessings to you and your family in the meantime…see you soon! 🙂 🙂 ❤

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      • Seyi sandra says:

        I had a wonderful weekend Sherri, I hope yours was great too. I hope WP would sort that out for you soon, it happened to me a year or so ago, and it felt like a mini online prison, where I could stare at my friends but couldn’t talk.
        It’s alright, anytime you’re ready, I’ll be happy to see you.
        Now, back to your new post… 🙂 🙂

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        • Sherri says:

          It’s so annoying isn’t when we can’t leave comments? It really does feel like being in prison – we need to keep our ‘Get out of Jail’ card handy at all times! This is a week after you left your lovely reply my friend, so now I will wish you a wonderful weekend a full week later 😀 Loved catching up with you this week. Much love to you Seyi 🙂 🙂 🙂

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          • Seyi sandra says:

            It is Sherri. I’m glad it’s all sorted out now. Thanks for your kind wishes, my weekend was wonderful, I rested from all my labours but I’m back again.
            Take care of yourself my friend.
            Love and blessings to you my friend. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  3. Happy New Year Sherri. You’re going to get there. Lots of love From a fellow wader through the mud.

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