Sunday, 20 December 2015

Now That's More Like It


'Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Fa la la la laa, la la la laa!'

Yes, term is finally over and I have time to hear myself think - hooray! The house is now looking very Christmassy, most of the presents are bought and I have a bit of time to be creative. This term I have been true to my word and am now a very regular gym-visitor as well as a healthy-eater. I am seeing positive results already and am lighter and more toned than I was. However, it has been at the cost of regular blogging, and I can't tell you what a treat it is to be posting again. I shall spend the next few days catching up with you all too. 


So I've been decking the halls indeed, and we have lots of festive prettiness going on here. I've never been a minimalist where decorations are concerned, so our window-sill is looking very seasonal indeed.


My Christmas pixies are back - it wouldn't be the same without them.


We have twirling cherubs on the candle-chimes which catch the light and make a sweet tinkly sound,


bright orange clementines with their leaves still on in their sweet little wooden box,


glossy chestnuts ready for roasting


and jewel-bright chocolate coins - I love these coloured ones, as well as the traditional gold and silver.


The dresser is bedecked with the snowflakes which I crocheted over the last two years. 


I remember how addictive it was making them - hmmm, shall I make any more?


The Christmas tree is up in its usual place in the corner of our living room, groaning under the weight of decorations. Eclectic, you might call it, with a bit of everything. I know that tinsel divides opinion and is rather a Marmite thing (you either love it or hate it), but I like it in moderation. Only silver tinsel, mind you.


There are lots of little things made by my youngsters when they were little, and there are some sweet little creatures on the tree too.


I am very fond of the shiny vintage-style ones and am mad about these frosty, twinkly cones.



I even have a glittery cupcake.


There are also silver nutmegs and golden pears, although I'm not expecting a visit from the king of Spain's daughter.



 Last night P sang in a choir in Bath in a Christmas concert. It was a wonderful evening in a gorgeous church, filled with song and fun, and as we walked through Bath afterwards I was reminded of how lucky we are to live so nearby.


The tree outside the Pump Rooms sparkled against its Georgian backdrop.


The quaint cobbled streets twinkled prettily.



And the medieval Abbey looked splendid with its angels climbing up and occasionally falling down Jacobs Ladder, either side of the front door.



Yes, I am most definitely feeling a Christmas vibe now - bring it on!

19 comments:

  1. Oh I just adore your snowflakes hanging on your blue dresser! Those are on my list of makes: I am convincing myself it is a January project and maybe it will snow for real then:)
    Have a wonderful Christmas!
    JEnn

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    1. Yes, they're a good January project - I made the pastel-coloured ones last January as a winter project.
      Cathy x

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  2. Your house looks beautiful, may I ask, where did you get the vintage style baubles and the coloured chocolate coins?

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    1. Thank you! I bought the vintagey baubles in John Lewis last year, and both Co-op and Morrisons sell the coloured coins (although my local Co-op seems to have sold out of them).
      Cathy x

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  3. It all looks beautifully Christmassy at your home! Beautiful! I was going to ask about the coloured choc coins, I will have to look out for those next year! Or I might pop by the co-op tomorrow! Happy Christmas! xx

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  4. Oh how FEsTiVe!! Beautiful -I can't get a decent photo of my tree this year - you have managed to take a wonderful picture! I will have to try again :) I had a Tomte last year but he has just vanished?? I love your collection of them, I crocheted myself one this year to hold our cards.

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    1. Thank you! They are wily little fellows, aren't they? You're crocheted one sounds sweet - I must catch up with your Crimbly countdown.
      Cathy x

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  5. Your house looks gorgeous and cheerful, it must have been such a treat listening to the choir in Bath and lovely to wander around, enjoy your holiday. Hx

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    1. It was a lovely musical, festive evening. Hope you have a lovely Christmas too!
      Cathy x

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  6. I've never seen coloured chocolate coins either; what a lovely change. Someone bought me that set of twirling angels - I love the tinkley noise it makes; the only problem I have with it is finding small enough candles! I envy your pixies' stripy tights! Merry Christmas, Cathy. xx

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    1. We had the same problem with candles and ended up buying them online. I agree, and think the pixies are quite stylish. Merry Christmas to you too!
      Cathy x

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  7. Beautiful x-massy home ..... thanks for sharing it with us ... now I wish a wonderful x-mas and festive nights .... hugs

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    1. Thank you Geraldine - Joyeux Noel to you too!
      Cathy x

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  8. Very pretty Cathy and lovely to have a trip to Bath too. Have a great Christmas and many thanks for your kind messages this year. Karen x

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    1. A merry Christmas to you too, Karen - I've loved reading your blog too.
      Cathy x

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