The star is a Christmas gift from my dear friend. Her hubby made it and she painted and decorated it for me.
Hi there. Can you believe it's almost Christmas Eve? I've been so busy. Too busy to blog a lot, but I've been visiting a few of you to stay in touch and see what you've been up to, and seeing all the pretty decorations in your homes and the lovely winter scenes if you are enjoying snow. Speaking of which....we had a nice little 'no school day' storm on Thursday when about 10 inches fell. We went from no snow (photo below was taken on Wednesday) to a winter wonderland in a day.
A peek between the trees across the road. It was still snowing when I took this.
Although it was a quiet day traffic-wise, and there wasn't school so the buses weren't running, there were still those who had to go to work and travel from the rural areas beyond us to the city. The plough made a 'path' and spread salt at about 7 in the morning then never came by again until 2 and 3 o'clock. The road was quite snow-packed until then. This one came down the road about an hour before.
The little brook is still open and running. It has been quite mild this month.
The sun broke through on Friday morning ~ a pretty wintery scene.
A lot of you are posting favourite recipes and traditions on your blogs and I have really enjoyed reading them and sharing in the comments. One of the favourites I love to bake for Christmas is shortbread cookies....shortbreads with pale pink butter frosting, cranberry shortbreads and chocolate chip shortbreads. I freeze them and only get them out for 'special' occasions. Haha Do you believe that? Hmmm....well, I try to be good. Do you have a favourite treat at Christmas?
My brother, older sister and me. Our baby sister was only 5 months old. I think we got the table and chairs that Christmas and do you see the "Blue Willow" tea set? I got that from Santa that year and I still have it! I think my brother got the train engine (?) by my foot. Funny, but I don't remember who got the bear. I wish I still had Mum's old lampshades. They were cut paper flowers - sort of 3D and very pretty and the lamps?? White milk glass! Note the foil wrapped bells and tinsel on the tree. And my brother is wearing shorts and I'm in bare legs?? That's surprising and rather unusual as we had very severe winters back then. Do you have old photos of childhood Christmases? This was a rare time to take photos in our house. It didn't happen much even through the year. It was film cameras then and often would take months or more to use a roll of film then take it to be developed. I'm glad we have digital cameras today, aren't you?
Last evening....well at dusk....we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset. At first it was just soft clouds that had a rainbow effect in them.
Then as it grew darker the clouds rolled up and turned orangey.
Even the snow has a soft glow to it.
In another couple of weeks we might just notice an extra minute or two of daylight. Haha. Maybe by the end of January. :)
A peek into the living room from the kitchen.
Won't you join me for a cookie and a cup of tea?
Well, I should get rugged up and clean the back deck a bit and fill the bird feeders.
I hope you are having a good weekend and enjoying these last few days before Christmas.
If you don't get back here before the holiday, I'd like to wish each one of you a wonderful Christmas holiday. I will have one more post in a couple of days then a break.
Take care, be safe and enjoy this special time of year.