Sunday, 17 December 2017

The third Advent Sunday is upon us ...

I describe myself as quietly spiritual & religious -  I still observe the traditions of my childhood & they punctuate the seasons in a familiar & comfortable way!

Our home reflects Christmas as both a religious & normal celebration.

I love this corner of our home - my grandfather clock reminds me constantly of the passing of time (I love the hourly chimes more than everyone else at home ...).

The cardinal painting was inherited (I am the only one who liked it ...)

The Ethiopian crosses were all personally collected over the many visits to Ethiopia when we visited due to work over more than 5 years. They each hold a memory of the remarkable Coptic Christians there.



We have had these fabric East of India advent holders for many years - they are always filled & they go out to the girls homes ahead of the start of December. This tradition was started by my late Mother when A wondering Star was a baby & I have always continued it.


Their advent calendar went to their lovely Oxfordshire cottage ready for the festive season


Today, the third Sunday of Advent marks the passing of a beloved Grandmother a quarter of a century ago - I marked it with my large metal angel in the fireplace (I have put some led lights on it to lighten the darkness). My late Mom was a Christmas baby so the festive season is always reflective for me ...


We have also always had an advent candle in my youth & in my own home. I love to light it when I am cooking or while eating - it is just a calming reminder that Christmas is coming ....


I bought this German church some years back & I love it with its little lights twinkling ...


Our large inglenook fireplace always has its large garland with lights on. It is also a good place to display cards as they arrive ...



I will show you more of our dining room this week - it just has touches of Christmas - the little tree there has our beaded & hand painted South African decorations (newly gifted by the girls after a visit to their grandfather)


My Christmas sideboard / dresser is ready too - we use things straight from the shelves so I  love having them handy & because they are pretty too 


Our front door has its garland at last, The snow disrupted my usual gifted one but I have bought a fresh hanging bunch to adorn the door ...


I like to think that we have the balance between the religious & commercial parts of Christmas. May your third Sunday of Advent be blessed & peaceful.  Thank you for stopping by at such a busy time, 

Dee ~♥~


Thursday, 14 December 2017

The Christmas sideboard / dresser is ready

Our early winter snow has rather thrown my plans out the window as I have rather walked the snow taking lots of photos, than getting ready for Christmas.

This is how previous Christmas sideboards looked in

2012-chirstmas-sideboard-is-done

2013 the-festive-sideboard-is-ready

2014 it-is-looking-more-festive-at-home

2015 Christmas sideboard

2016 the-sideboard-is-looking-starting-to-look-festive 

My sideboard / dresser was still not done .... what to do ...


Coffee time - my lovely little niece & I bought each other matching mugs in Johannesburg so we think of each other across the miles ....


I unpacked some favourites - I love these Emma Bridgewater pieces - they just epitomise Christmas


These are needed too ...


Mince pies are always eaten at Christmas on this gifted plate. I like having them on hand on the sideboard / dresser as they can be used easily when needed.


A few things are needed that make you smile ....



I sometimes cut fresh ivy & holly for the winter solstice but with all the snow, that is not happening so some faux strands will help for now ...

The cheese board & cake stand were Oliver Bonas gifts from the girls & they like being there ...


Green, purple, red, white candles on the top will be used over the festive season. I love having the candle sticks on the top ready for the table at night ...


It always feels more festive when the sideboard looks ready & we have the special plates & bowls at hand that we will need. How is your planning going? Thank you for stoping by & taking the time to read & comment!
Dee ~♥~


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Shropshire is blanketed in snow ...

Hi everyone

We have not had an decent snow falls for a few years so when snow was forecast, I was sceptical but on the weekend, while we were away down south, it arrived.

I could not wait to get home to enjoy it (they had nothing down south). I put on my trusty snow boots, 2 pairs of socks & headed out - snow if for enjoying!


Our county was like a magical wonderland ...


 A walk around our local lake ...



This was just so magical to walk along ...


Our county recorded the coldest temperature in the country for this winter ...


However, we were not deterred & still set out with our cameras ...




 The lovely Priory ruins at Much Wedlock  - home town to the modern Olympics



 A lovely door that looks so welcoming


A snowy scene in Shropshire


The lovely town of Much Wedlock in the snow


Our local area in the snow ... 






My trusty boots did well this week - at times the snow has been thicker than the tops of my boots. However, they clung on to the slippery surfaces & allowed me to enjoy the snow all over town.


My walks over the 3 snow days ...


I took my hiking stick with me at all times & it was a great help in icy weather ...


A little video I took while we were driving to the local town of Much Wenlock - it looks like a fairy land ...


Thank you for visiting my blog, I hope you have enjoyed our snow photos too.
Dee ~♥~

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Our Christmas tree is up ....

Hi everyone

Sunday marked the first Sunday of Advent & with a very busy time ahead, I decided our tree should go up at home.

Our tree is usually very traditional with red & gold which shimmers.
This is some of our previous trees -

a simple fresh one

a-pure-simple-christmas-tree

Be there completely at Christmas 

Oh deer, the tree is done

our-christmas-decorations

it-is-looking-more-festive-at-home

I did the advent calendars on Friday to deliver to the girls - somehow it always feels like the start of the festive season when our fabric East of India ones are filled & up. It is a tradition I like at home.


However, last year my mind turned to tartan heather colours which we have in our Dining-room. I bought some decorations, put them away safely & could not find them at all in the garage. I am sure you know the feeling only too well when you put something away so safely you cannot find it.

I stumbled across that elusive box in the summer & just knew that those would be the colours this year.  On my outings, I have added some inexpensive baubles & decorations in those colours - such fun finding something a bit different for our tree.


Pretty sparkly butterflies ...


Our tree always has some deer & this year is no different, even if they are brighter colours with curly antlers ...




This is the colour palette that I really love ...


I even found a bright angel in one of the boxes in our loft - she looks lovely ... 



How lovely does this look with the lights on? I love the colours as they glisten at night ...


The advent candle will burn every night too as we count down to Christmas. 


I love watching the candle burning each night as we prepare food & settle together. 

I hope your week is blessed too; thank you for your visit - it is always appreciated! 
Dee ~♥~