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18 Memorable Pictures for 2018

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Trusting you all enjoyed a heartwarming Christmas, rich with family and friends.

This now quiet period between Santa’s arrival and the fireworks of New Year’s Eve I’ve found to be the perfect time to reflect back on the year in pictures. While many of you only know me through this website and journal posts, Private Newport is also a part of the world of Instagram (@PrivateNewport). This mobile phone app is, to  me, the equivalent of eating a chocolate sundae every day…simply a collection of inspiring, beautiful, compelling images, with relevant captions, that are posted each day by thousands of people . There are no political harangues, shout downs, one-ups or unpleasant interruptions (at least within my circle of friends).

One can quickly develop a following of like-minded virtual friends  who prove a great delight; the “likes” that each image receives is really a version of “the people’s choice.” And so, the following pictures represent the top favorites of Private Newport’s 2018 postings on Instagram.

Enjoy! And may your New Year be filled with endless possibilities, memorable experiences and an abiding sense of peace.

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Bettie Bearden Pardee

About Bettie Bearden Pardee

Author of Private Newport and Living Newport, garden furniture designer (The Parterre Bench), national lecturer, and entertaining expert. An honoree for the second year on "The Salonniere 100 America's Best Party Hosts", she was also the host and creative producer of "The Presidential Palate: Entertaining at the White House".

11 thoughts on “18 Memorable Pictures for 2018

  1. Thank you so much Bettie for giving us the pure joy in the reflection of Private Newport 2018 postings. . . Instagram and otherwise.

    Wishing you and yours a Happy and Healthy New Year. . . .with Happy Trails (I’m still in my Montana mode after attending my youngest granddaughters wedding in Bozeman, Montana this past August).

    All the Best
    Anna Louise

    1. And Happy Trails back to you. Yeras ago I did a Bon Appetit story in Bozeman and fell in love with it! Lucky you to be there for a wedding…

  2. Hi Bettie, love your analogy of Instagram being a chocolate sundae! Thank you for providing these beautiful images. How did you learn photography?

    1. Thanks so much, Maureen! I’ve found photography to be like so many things in life…practice makes perfect (or some facismile thereof). Happy New Year!!

  3. Dear Bettie, What a delight to open your cheerful site… every time a surprise of beauty and discovery. Thank you for sharing your fine pictures and just the right amount of description.
    All good wishes for a year 2019 full of Green adventures.

  4. Stunning photos, Bettie! Your photography skills truly capture the beauty that is Newport. Wishing you all good things in 2019, and looking forward to all your wonderful posts.

    1. You are always so kind, Bobbi. Wishing you a New Year of abundant blessings, incidental woes and good health! Cheers,Bettie

  5. I love reading you’re articels
    I’m a event planner in New York with seven children at age 42 …. I feel like I’m a old soul especially when I view you’re pictures and read you’re such well written articles
    Wish we lived back then especially in Newport I always discuss the homes with my children and the lives of the families that lived there
    Thank you for always sharing …
    Do you or anyone you know give tours of the homes and gardens been there myself but someone of you’re wisdon would definitely make it come to life keep me posted

    1. Thank you, Yvette, that’s quite a compliment that you would find the time with 7 children.
      The website Discover Newport and the Newport Historical Society would have information on home tours; then there are 2 garden tours under the auspices of “The Secret Garden,” one in June and the other in September. Hope you have a chance soon to return to Newport and bring your children (note: I did a blog awhile back on children’s to dos here). Cheers and thank you for your note, xBettie

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