A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Sunday, 27 December 2015
Christmas "Bits and Pieces"
I hope everyone is having a lovely Christmas.
I haven't had chance to go out recently partly because its been so busy with Christmas on the approach and partly because of the near constant rain so I thought I'd share a few Christmas pictures from home with you.
D took a photo of the real Christmas Tree that we put in the porch. The tree lives the rest of the year in a pot in the garden. I wasn't able to bring it indoors last year as it looked on its last legs but re-potting it and feeding it seems to have done the trick.
Indoors we have an artificial tree decorated with decorations we've made or bought over the years - each one brings back a special memory :)
Photos of a few other decorations
I can highly recommend the Marks and Sparks Christmas Cake liqueur seen in this photo!! Panicked this year when the shop had sold out but E managed to get some on Christmas Eve :)
I bought the silver fairy for the top of the Christmas tree when D was a baby but since we bought a new tree she keeps falling off so this year I have replaced her on the tree with a Father Christmas and told her she has pride of place on the mantelpiece!
A few of my favourite presents - the first two are from my birthday a few weeks ago. The Midnight Moth Owl bought from the Hooting Owl exhibition a few months ago and "Benoit the Badger" cushion. The bee and flower cushion next to it I treated myself to a while back.
Looking forward to reading these :)
A handmade Purple Emperor brooch - a real surprise on Christmas morning :)
I had some lovely presents this year - and you may recall the lovely robin metal sculptures seen at NT properties in the autumn. I did get one (slightly different but even nicer I think) D bought me from the Christmas Fayre in Worcester. Forgot to take a photo but will post one some time soon.
Baking from Christmas Eve - Rudolph Reindeer cupcakes and mince pies.
Some of you may remember that I bought a book of Christmas "Knit and Purl" knitting patterns in the autumn and I've been busy over the last few weeks making a few. The deer and Father Christmas were my favourites. The polar bear was a nightmare - much bigger than the others and the sewing up instructions were rather basic for someone like me who has never knitted toys before.
I really enjoyed making these items and will definitely make more toys - have promised E a gingerbread man and a penguin!
Around two years ago I started to knit squares for a blanket and finally!!! I've finished it! About to start another one so I may get that completed in 2017!
Redpolls (Lesser, I think) have been visiting the silver birches in the garden to eat the seeds. D managed to get a "silhouette" photo with the Canon. Its a nightmare taking birds against a grey sky - need to find out where the Exposure Compensation control is on the bridge!
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