Friday, December 31, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I put it down to all those years her dad and myself spent endless Sunday afternoons rambling the aisles of our local antique malls, despite her protesting, a seed was planted.
I in turn now reap the rewards of her passion, she has an adeptness of choosing the most beautiful pieces of dinnerware, and utilitarian pieces.
On Christmas Day she gave me this set of Liberty Blue, English Staffordshire dishes. All displaying Historic Colonial scenes, such as the one shown Independence Hall.
The 'blue' is just stunningly beautiful.
the middle piece is made of etched quartz glass and shines like the North Star.
Thank you sweet baby girl.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Share a cup of tea, a piece of homemade Christmas cake, and swap Christmas gifts.
Instead, I've been infected with some sort of malaise, and have found myself spending much of the day in bed, my head wrapped in a lavender and chamomile sinus poultice.
Hopefully tomorrow it will have ran it's course.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
The snow came.
No significant amount, just a dusting of the white stuff, enough to give the feeling of being a part in a picture postcard.
Snow on Christmas day, is there anything more magical !
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter,
~ Christina Rossetti, 1872 ~ A Christmas Carol.
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Friday, December 24, 2010
I've so enjoyed our visits back and forth throughout the year, all the sweet comments written, and well-wishes when a word of encouragement was needed.
I truly wish each and every one of you, all the blessings of a wonderful Christmas.
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love."
From our home to yours.......
Thursday, December 23, 2010
We hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago,
And etched on vacant places
Are half-forgotten faces
Of friends we used to cherish,
And loves we used to know.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Bundled up, with wool coat, gloves and hat, I began the task of stringing the faerie lights around the porch.
Monday, December 20, 2010
I ventured amongst the masses yesterday, taking myself off to the thronging Christmas shopping mart, I must confess, it's not my cup of tea.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance.
It may weave a spell of nostalgia.
Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer,
but always it will be a day of remembrance
--a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved."
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The partaking of mince pies, raspberry trifle, sausage rolls, steamed plum pudding, and Christmas cake laden with dried fruit , marzipan and Royal Icing...hard as a rock.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Today, snow is still falling, I believe it is the beginning of the season...
Sunday, December 12, 2010
A cold, wind-blown driving snow, with no sign of deminishing any time soon.
The closest I came to any outside Christmas decorating, was hanging the wreaths on the windows, hindered by my scarf and gloves, it was the best I could do.
Nightfall will soon descend, don't forget our little feathered friends, and offer them an extra scoop of seed ~
Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,
And veils the farmhouse at the garden's end.
The sled and traveller stopped, the courier's feet
Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit
Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed
In a tumultuous privacy of storm.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
It seems each year, there are fewer and fewer to make out, as my address list continues to shrink.
I think it is still an important part of the overall Christmas goodwill, and look forward to catching up on people's comings and goings throughout the year.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
I'll leave you with a few glimpses of our wonderful accomodation, nothing short of magical !
Safe journey home everyone........and a huge thank you to our wonderful host Mr. Toast, it was a perfectly special time.
Above the tower door leading to the castle, The Scottish Coat of Arms is displayed.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Oh, what magnificence !
I plan to eat a hearty meal, unpack my luggage and retire early for the remainder of the evening.
Mabbe indulge in a cheeky wee Glenffidch whisky, just to fittingly toast the occasion !
Now, where are those snugly hot water bottles Mr. Toast was telling us about........
Destination Torosay Castle, on the Isle of Mull, off the Scottish Headlands, as guest of Mr. Toast's 2nd Annual Christmas Tea Party.
It's going to be a magical time, hope to see you all there !
There is nothing in the world,
More beautiful than the forest
Clothed to its very hollows in snow.
It is the still ecstasy of nature,
Wherein every spray,
Every blade of grass,
Every spire of reed,
Every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance.
~ William Sharp
Friday, December 3, 2010
This Sunday, December 5th is the much anticipated event of Mr. Toast's Second Annual Christmas Tea.
A virtual blog party, and you are all invited !
It's so easy to sign up, click on the Mr. Toast's Tea Party Announcement at the top of my sidebar, it will magically transport you to his sign-up linky.
The party is to be held at the Baronial styled Torosay Castle which stands majestically nestled among thousands of acres of green pastures, on the Isle of Mull off the Scottish Highlands.
It is planned to be the most magical of times, with our most gracious Mr. Toast as our charming host.
Please won't you join us, there will be lots of delicious treats, and of course the very BEST of teas. You may read all about it http://goodteatoo.blogspot.com/
My travel plans begin with the haunting call of a bagpipe beckoning me to the station platform where Edinburgh's famous train awaits. Celebrated as a world-class travel experience, the Royal Scotsman is one of the best ways to visit Scotland.
Once aboard, I'll be treated to an ultra-sensory mix of Highland culture and hospitality, set to motion along a stunning backdrop of highlands, lochs and glens.
My evening gown for the event with be this exquisite tapestry.
Once I've disembarked the train, I'll be transported through the Winter Wonderland via sleigh.