Saturday, 16 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 16

Its a Bottle-brush tree

Hundred lights
In Victorian times, the tree would have been decorated with candles

Tree after dressed

The "Bottle-brush" Christmas tree is finally up and we listened to Christmas songs whilst my husband dressed the tree, getting into the Christmas spirit! He seems to like doing the tree so I let him and I think he makes quite a good job of it. All the baubles are vintage inherited from my parents including the blue baubles from Advent Calendar - Door 9  But since taking the photo of the box of blue baubles we are now down to nine of them.

There is the history behind the Christmas Tree on yesterdays post

Friday, 15 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 15

Christmas Tree before dressed

The evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals (pagan and Christian) for thousands of years. Pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, as it made them think of the spring to come. The Romans used Fir Trees to decorate their temples at the festival of Saturnalia. Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God.

The first person thought  to have brought a Christmas Tree into a house, in the way we know it today, may have been the 16th century German preacher Martin Luther. A story is told that, one night before Christmas, he was walking through the forest and looked up to see the stars shining through the tree branches. It was so beautiful, that he went home and told his children that it reminded him of Jesus, who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas. 

The first Christmas Trees came to Britain sometime in the 1830s. They became very popular in 1841, when Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's German husband) had a Christmas Tree set up in Windsor Castle. 

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 14

Christmas Crackers

We had these crackers  a few years ago,  I thought they were so traditional and pretty.

Read about Christmas Crackers here

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 13

First Christmas card received in the post

The first Christmas cards were invented by
 Sir Henry Cole and illustrated by John Callcott Horsley 

You can read about it here

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 12

This little angel has been with me for over sixty years.  She was purchased from Woolworths in the 1950's by my mother.  In all that time the only damage is to the corner of her harp.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 11

We didn't have snow in our part of the country just very heavy rain and gale force winds

The Snowman ornament, well that what it is in our our house.  
Its actually an Egg Cup and Drinking Cup given to our eldest in 1981

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 9

Christmas Bauble

These Christmas baubles I inherited from my mum.  They are sort of vintage purchased in the very late 1970's, possibly very early 1980's.  The missing one somehow mysteriously broke in storage.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 8


Sleigh Ride
composed by Leroy Anderson in 1948

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 7


The Carol of the Bells from Harry Potter film 
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Hark how the bells,
Sweet silver bells,
All seem to say,
Throw cares away

Christmas is here,
Bringing good cheer,
To young and old,
Meek and the bold.

Ding dong ding dong
That is their song
With joyful ring
All caroling.

One seems to hear
Words of good cheer
From everywhere
Filling the air.

Oh how they pound,
Raising the sound,
O'er hill and dale,
Telling their tale.

Gaily they ring
While people sing
Songs of good cheer,
Christmas is here.

Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas,
Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas.

On on they send,
On without end,
Their joyful tone
To every home.

Ding dong ding dong
Ding dong ding dong

Hark how the bells,
Sweet silver bells,
All seem to say,
Throw cares away
(We will throw cares away)

Christmas is here,
Bringing good cheer,
To young and old,

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 6

Meet Mr Humphrey Montague Redbreast-Robin
otherwise known as Monty

He lives at the bottom of my garden, and when we are gardening he joins us looking for worms and insects.  You can often hear me having a conversation with him.  It is a bit one sided but occasionally he joins in.   Sometimes he can be spotted in the very large Oak tree at the bottom of my garden his bright red chest beaming like a beacon

The north wind doth blow and we shall have snow,
and what will the poor robin do then, poor thing?
He'll sit in a barn and keep himself warm,
and hide his head under his wing, poor thing.

My mum taught me this little rhyme when I was a child

A few years when we had a shed that was only held together by will power and the door only fitted where it touched.  There was a rather large hole at the top of the shed door, no one took much notice of the shed until one of our son's wanted something from the shed and went in the shed to get what he wanted, he left the shed empty-handed and called me and his dad to see what he should do next......  
You see in the shed was a nest, we didn't know what sort of nest just a nest with blueish eggs in it, we hadn't seen any comings and goings.  Anyway we carefully moved the nest, son got what he wanted and returned the nest slightly lower than before but it was still in the same place and we forgot about the nest and carried on with everyday life.  
A few weeks later the back door wide open and commotion of a bird and it was a robin making so much noise and flying back and forth getting rather over excited!  When I went to look there was a cat walking around and round waiting for someone to open the shed door to let it in the for the chicks.  No chance!  I chased the cat out of the garden and the robin flew in the shed through the hole in the door and I just went back to the kitchen to continue doing whatever it was, tea I think as it was late afternoon.  A few minutes later I heard chirping on the doorstep, went and looked and there was the robin chirruping away as if to say thank you for saving my family.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 5

Stained glass window

This is a window at 
St. Andrew's Church Minehead Somerset UK
depicting St. Ursula (left) and St, Nicholas (right)

St. Ursula (here) 

St. Nicolas (here)

Monday, 4 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 4

Christmas Book

One of the best known story at Christmas.  

A Christmas Carol - 1971

You may want to get a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuits to watch this as it is 25 minutes long

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 3

Favourite Christmas Recipe

Recipe can be found here

I make a few Christmas cakes to give as presents and also make an extra one for our son Robert who was 35yrs old on 26th November.  His birthday is exactly four weeks to Christmas Eve and he has always loved Christmas cake.  The cake is quite robust to send in the post too, as I used to send him one I made in a loaf tin when he was at university too.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 2

Something Handcrafted for Christmas
This angel decoration was made last year by my friend's daughter Saffy aged 11 with a little guidance from myself

How to make the Christmas Angels are here

Friday, 1 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 1

King George V letterbox

Thursday, 30 November 2017

November Scavenger Hunt 2017

Blue Plaque

I hate having my photo taken, but I can certify this is me

Beginning with a...... W
Waterwheel at Piles Mill nr Porlock Somerset UK



My old toys

In the swirls of  branches printed on this toddlers book are little pictures


My Own
Carrots I purchased from a farm shop.  
These carrots were roasted and they were so sweet and very nice

Linked with Kate I Live, I love, I craft.


The Christmas Advent Scavenger Hunt 2017 starts tomorrow.  Thank you for all the interest too.  
I have been asked many questions.  There are no rules as such, so please if you feel you think you won't manage to put  a picture every day, then play catch-up at the end of each week.   Mix up the pictures if you wish, but use the list but please keep the "Night Before Christmas" as the 24th picture.  
Just have FUN!  
Its just a scavenger hunt after all 
I will certainly have fun looking at everyone's pictures everyday, I will look everyday

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Advent Scavenger Hunt 2017

Thank you everyone for agreeing to joining in this years
Advent Scavenger Hunt
The list of everyone joining in under the list of things to hunt for.

Remember this is for fun and if you can't manage everyday, it doesn't matter.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Weeks Forty-six and Forty-seven

We went to London to see........... and stay with our son and daughter-in-law

but before we left for London on the 15th November this rainbow was over our house.

The following morning we went to Harrods.  I felt quite proud of myself of getting us there as at one time in the seventies I spent of lot of time in the area, and for some reason my husband thought it was in Oxford Street, errrrrrr........ no its down the road from the Victoria and Albert Museum!  

We actually went to London to see the Queen.......the Queen of Crime that is

Of all the shows we could of seen this is actually what we really wanted to see!

We also saw the new film of Murder on the Orient which we enjoyed too.

Whilst were there we also saw.............

On top of a building in Charing Cross Road

Top of the Coliseum Theatre and St. Martin's in the Field church

Nelson's Column

This pretty little flower was growing under a tree in Hampton Court Palace Gardens

and Mistletoe also at the gardens at Hampton Court

and this.................. 
spelling mistake!