Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year

I hope you all have a Peaceful and Blessed New Year and thanks anyone who drops in regular to read my nonsense :-)

December will be Magic

One of my all time favourite Kate Bush singles, seeing as though its the last day of December I'd just get away with sharing.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

How we take water for granted

Having spent two days with no heat and water I have had time to reflect on how we take so much for granted in our life. We had a burst pipe on Monday after the snow had started to thaw first our electrics blew then we realized what had happened we had to turn off our water which in turn affected our central heating.

I have spent the last two days freezing and miserable, but if I can take one lesson from our mishap is I will never take the luxury of water for granted again.

Not been able to have a hot shower or bath when I wanted killed me, having to keep nipping to our neighbours to fill containers of water for the basics like boiling a kettle for tea and washing up and trying to wash a total nightmare, not been able to use my washing machine simple little things like that I now appreciate.

Of course I'm not the only one with these problems there have been lots of people in Our area with the same problems some have had no water for four days so I'm not moaning too much I just wanted to take time to remind us of how lucky in life we are, water truly is a very special gift which we take for granted

Being more thank full for the things I have in my life is one lesson I am going to take into the new year.

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Sunday, 26 December 2010

Christmas Books

I love Boxing day as a day to relax and unwind. Dinner,shopping.Baking has all been done and now it me time. I'm enjoying my pressies today I always get Books at Christmas, my family know me well. Top of my list is always cookery books got a couple this Christmas can't wait to get stuck into them and start cooking.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone has a peaceful and Blessed Christmas. I always light my candles today in memory to those of us who have lost family members, I know they are looking down on us somewhere.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Twas the Night before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

Meowy Christmas everyone

Gotta love these Christmas Cats by the artist Susan Herbert you have to check her out. Her artwork is amazing. Just want to wish everyone a Meowy Christmas and Thank you for dropping by to read my ramblings.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Still not got your decorations up?

If not don't worry they don't have to be glitzy or too elaborate.Sometimes less is more and you still have time to throw up something simple.Use the gifts that nature gave you and let your imagination run wild.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Feline christmas tree

Well I finally got my feline tree up and decorated. Many people have asked me why a Feline tree? Quite simply because of my love for cats, although I do put a few other animals on to represent my love of nature my tree is adorned with mainly Cats,Robins,squirrels,birds and dragonflys.

Some of the cat ornaments represents many of the cats I have loved and lost over the years. I even have a Wizard cat at the top of the tree.

Meowy Christmas everyone.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Monday, 20 December 2010

Manchester's Christmas Markets

Took a trip to our local Christmas market on Saturday to finally get me in feeling christmassy, well it worked came home and started on the tree will post tomorrow my feline christmas tree pics. Heres a few pics of where I live.
Took a trip to our local Christmas market on Saturday to finally get me in feeling christmassy, well it worked came home and started on the tree will post tomorrow my feline christmastree pics. Heres a few pics of where I live.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Are you all ready for Christmas, no pressure Ladies

Oh well it's the last week before Christmas, are you all ready? Just love the pressure these womens mags put us under.As well as holding down a full time job, probably raising a family, maybe having elderly parents to care for by now we should have wrote our cards and mailed them.Bought and wrapped all the presents.
Made our homemade wreaths.

Decorated the Tree

Outside Tree as well

Your stockings should be hung in style

Roaring fire on the go

House all tastefully decorated

Beautiful individual table decorated

To top it all don't forget all the pampering,new hairstyle,new dress and all the gear needed to turn us into a Domestic Goddess (thanks for that one Delia)

Still around reading this well don't forget you still have to make the home made chutney,mince pies and Christmas cake, oh and your home made pudding and chocolates. Thank you glossy womens mags for making us feel such a failure.

So the week before Christmas no pressure ladies!

Friday, 17 December 2010

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

Jack Frost nipping at your nose. Isn't Christmas and an open fire a perfect match? I have always loved an open fire but there is something very magical about one at this time of year.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

My first ever vegan christmas cake

This is my very first attempt at baking a Vegan Christmas cake, I have to admit to feel a bit apprehensive about it. I have made numerous Christmas cakes over the years and they have always turned out well, but this was a new territory for me
After years of always baking with eggs I was nervous that cakes wouldn't turn out right without them, well let me tell you nothing could be further from the truth.

Over the last few months have made various muffins and carrot cake without eggs and they have turned out well, I am thrilled about this as I can now bake without inflicting cruelty.

I found this recipe on a great blog called the Hungry Vegan definetly worth a look as there are some great recipes on it

Thought I would share my pics with you, although I still have to ice it I am pretty pleased with the result

Monday, 13 December 2010

Finally starting to decorate

Well after having big plans to get my tree up this weekend backfired I've decided it would be easier to tackle decorating one room at a time rather than a marathon session.

I've decided to decorate my main living room now for the Winter Solstice(21stDecember) this makes more sense as I use a lot of natural decorations from the garden such as Holly and Ivy which can dry out and wither if put up to early.So instead I have decorated my dining room feel a bit more festive now I've made a start.Just thought I'd share a few pics.

My Welsh dresser I like to decorate using natural decorations.

Welsh dresser at night.

My fire with just a few fairy lights and a bunch of twigs also lit up.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Christmas trees from around the world

I am hoping today to put up my Christmas tree which got me thinking about trees around the world. I love seeing how other countries celebrate this time of year.
Here are a few pics I've found from around the world.Mine won't look as spectacular.

This is from the Rockefeller Centre New York.

The famous Whitehouse tree in Washington

A Christmas tree in Prague

A Paris Christmas tree

The largest tree in Europe which is in Portugal

And our very own tree in Trafalgar Square London

I did love these trees taken in a wood.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Paris in the Snow

There can be no place more beautiful than Paris under the snow. My friend Flo from Vamos Brigade has inspired todays post.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Winter Whites

I love using whites in my Christmas decorating themes.I think it really lightens the dark December days.I have a pure white spare bedroom which I love to relax in,especially at this time of year.

I am planning next year to decorate my Dining room all white and look forward to dressing it up for the holiday season.Been gathering inspiration from some of these beautiful homes.