Monday, 24 December 2012


What with the endless torrential rain and Christmas without doubt creeping up on me far too quickly, it is now Christmas Eve and I am just beginning to wind down.  Carols are playing on the radio and the turkey is soaking in the most delicious smelling brine - courtesy of Nigella - this is such a wonderful way with turkey, the smell of fruit and spices is utterly divine -  the bags are bouquet garni, not teabags in case you are wondering!!:
The last cross-stitched stocking was finished (I did actually sew eleven, I am so pleased with myself!)and was delivered to my sister whilst visiting my Mother in Nottingham:
and then home to decorate Ward Cottage for Christmas: 
Here is my favourite cross-stitched Santa, made for Christmas 1991:  on the back I have listed all our close friends who came and visited us - Robert, my first husband was so very ill and everyone was wonderful tryng to cheer us up and make it special for him:  it is a real memory picture: (sorry, it is not the best photo!):
Of course I have stitched many many Santa's and Christmas pictures since then:
Here is my Noah's Ark Santa:
and this one says it all:

I also finished off a baby quilt for Sebastian James born last Sunday :  I had this ready to go once I knew baby had arrived safely!:
We received the most amazing package of cheeses and salami's sent from friends in Surrey: 
I cannot begin to tell you how exciting this was to open!

It was my son's Robbie's birthday on Saturday - and here he is with his gorgeous girlfriend Nisha and friends Jenny and Nathan sat by the fire having a celebration drink:
Now his birthday is over Christmas can really begin:  my husband Rod will be putting on his Santa outfit later and doing "the rounds" to families with young children - always such a hit!   I will post a photo!
Neither of my girls are here this year - Fran is away with Angelo enjoying some sunshine and a well earned rest, and Dot is working either side of Christmas, but with the dreadful state of the trains down here she probably would never have made it anyway - but they are here in our hearts.

I would like to wish all my friends who follow this blog a peaceful and happy Christmas. xx



  1. Your turkey looks wonderful! Congrats on finishing the last stocking, and the baby quilt too! Love seeing all the decorations at your house. Sorry your girls couldn't be home for Christmas, but at least your son is there. Such fun that your DH plays Santa every year! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  2. Merry Christmas! Your decorations and prep for the holiday look fabulous!

  3. Merry Christmas Angie . Love your Santas.X

  4. Merry Christmas to you too Angie. Stay safe and dry and maybe one day soon we will have that cup of tea at Cowslip. x

    1. Merry Christmas to you too Shirley - new year resolution: that cup of tea at Cowslip! xx

  5. May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through