For Auld Lang Syne

“We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.”
– Robert Burns

Five years ago this morning I was giddy with anticipation. In addition to being the start of a new year – 2006 – I was about to embark on a new life as a married woman, greatly intensifying the wonderful mystery that a year about to unfold can bring.

It was a day that couldn’t have been more perfect. Sure, a fall of snow would have been nice, and I admit that burning our entire dance list of songs onto a disk as MP3s was not the smartest move I ever made – but that’s neither here nor there. Because, like I said in my toast during the reception, there’s never one day or one moment that is the best or most significant. And while committing to spend the rest of my life with the amazing Mr. Pear Tree was certainly a significant – and treasured – moment in my life, it was wrapped up in days and days filled with wonderful memories leading up to it: secrets shared with my sister, adventures in wedding dress hunting with my mum (to be shared with you another year), rendezvous with my betrothed and uproarious laughter with my wedding party – some of the dearest friends I’ll ever have – in the days leading up to The Big One.

Auld lang syne indeed.

This all came rushing back to me last night, as I toasted the New Year and paid my respects to the past.

So a Happy Anniversary to The Love of My Life, and a hearty thank you to all those who have blessed us both by being a part of it.

And so the journey continues, both on screen (here on The Pear Tree site) and off (aka Real Life). Here’s a few things to look forward to in the coming month:

– Resolutions. It’s a New Year after all, and we have a few suggestions for your own resolution list. To help you keep them, we even have some awesome giveaways organized as inducements.

– Another story and recipe from our resident food writer, Darcie Hossack, to help us through the bleak midwinter.

– The start of a new monthly tour. Watch for our first book club visit, with a story and photos, the last week of January.

In the meantime, don’t forget to check out our sponsors, who help make this site possible. This month, that’s Public Bone, run by artist and jeweller Lori Mairs, and Mennonites Don’t Dance, by author (and PT food writer) Darcie Hossack.

(For anyone out there toying with the idea of sponsorship, we’re offering a special deal throughout the month of January that adds a complimentary month to every three-month booking. Contact us for details).

And now may 2011 be filled with an abundance of blessings for you and your loved ones – for auld lang syne.

– Words by Lori-Anne Poirier

– Photos by Melissa Rowat

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  1. Congratulations you guys!! Have a happy new year and anniversary Lori-Anne and Kyle. I’m glad I can be a part of that journey you are on.

  2. Gorgeous dress, gorgeous hair, gorgeous everything…you were so beautiful on your wedding day.

  3. Congratulations on your fifth anniversary Lori-Anne and Kyle! Time goes so fast! Your beautiful photos brought back memories of your special day. Happy New Year to you and your family as well. I enjoyed looking through your website, lots of wonderful things to read and look at.
    Best Wishes, Lorri and Jim

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