Monday, 20 December 2010

All I can say

is I'm pooped!  I've finally finished all my orders for Christmas and just returned from the PO for the last time before the big day.

The snow has come down (with more on the way today)

The Christmas tree is up

Decorations in every corner of the house

Chocolates and boxed clementine's laid out


baking begun

and completed Christmas table runner laid

so all that's left for me to say is

I hope everyone has a fantastic time and an equally Happy New Year!  See you all in 2011.


Friday, 10 December 2010



Wow, how time is flying, don't you think?  With so much to do, the boys' breaking up next week and so little time left, I think it'll be a full on weekend getting stuff done.  Normally I try and get Christmas bits and bobs done in between work, but work has fully dominated my days for the last 6 weeks.  I'm hoping over the next few days it will slow down.

Anyway, earlier this week we woke to a really hard frost, so much so, it was like driving the boys to school through Narnia.  I wish I could have taken some pictures as it was incredible.  I did however, take some when I got home.  It doesn't quite have the same visual impact when you're taking closer shots compared to casting your eyes over a wider view.

Apparently, the frost we had was called a 'Hoar' frost which forms when the air cools and the water condenses.  Because the temperatures were below zero, it's called a hoar frost.  If the temperatures were above zero it would be a dew frost (frozen water droplets).

The hoar frost is recognised by the delicate icy structures which completely fascinated me!

So, there you go, a lesson about frosts!

Whilst on the subject of this week, I took delivery of an early Christmas treat.  I had seen on the lovely Folly and Glee's site such a pretty lamp, which I did ponder about getting for a little while.  With encouragement by hubby I pressed the purchase button, and hey presto it was mine!

Here it is, pride of place next to the yet to be decorated Christmas tree.  The lamp base is a lovely Christmas red and the shade has been made using  vintage barkcloth depicting a community collecting maple syrup.
Unfortunately the light is so poor, my photo's don't do it justice.

Thank you Polly, I'm a happy bunny!

Right, onwards and upwards.  Have a great weeekend.

Friday, 3 December 2010


Morning everyone on another freezing cold day - this has to be a record surely??

Unlike many parts of the country, we haven't suffered too badly with snow, a couple of inches at best, enough for the boys to play in but not enough to keep them off school (great for me, not so for them!).

I think as long as you don't have to venture out in it and brave the roads in cars, I find the snow quite magical.  This is the view from my 'work' room.  As you can see not much.

I was however fortunate enough to spot Mr Robin sitting on one of the branches in the back garden.  Every time I opened the window to take a shot, he flew off.  In the end I managed one through the window, hence the lack of clarity.

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Snow does go hand in hand with robins don't you think?

I found a poem about robins which I thought was quite fitting.

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I shall try and not make it a week before I post again!  Have a good weekend.  I'm determined to get some Christmas preparations done..........Stay warm!