Category Archives: Christmas decorations

Signs of Spring and A Door

Walking up from town today we passed a couple of gardens where Spring was beginning to show – a Crocus in bloom and a Daffodil about to do the same.

First Crocus

Early Daffodil

I am having to use my camera phone as my camera has broken – my new camera, bought in October. It let me down before Christmas and I have been struggling on since, feeling very frustrated. I kept getting a ‘lens error’ message so we went to Exeter last week to take it back, under warranty, and it is being sent back to Canon. I am not happy about it! Apparently this is a common error so I am awaiting their response. I am looking for another camera – outrageous I know but I am lost without a decent camera and repair, even if they agree to do it, could take 3 weeks or more! In the meantime, I am using my camera phone and not happy with the results so here I go again, researching the possibilities. I loved my old Nikon and may get another…….

We passed this door on our way up the hill – Christmas still here!

Christmas door down the road



Seville Oranges, Decorations and Catherine Hyde

The greengrocer’s in town have Seville Oranges in store and we bought enough for four batches of Marmalade which will keep us, our eldest daughter and friends going for a year!  We’ll make some marmalade this weekend and freeze the other oranges for later.

Seville Oranges

We have taken our tree down today and I have now labelled all the decorations so that every one will know where they were bought – from Kennebunkport in New England to Volcano in Hawaii, from Phoenix, Arizona, to Mapoch, South Africa, from Swaziland to Salzburg…………   I try to buy something, preferably an Angel, everywhere we go on holiday and have done this for many years.

Many years of collecting

This beautiful painting by Catherine Hyde of ‘The Coming Home Trees’ was our Christmas card from very dear friends. This copse is so evocative for so many people as they come home to Cornwall and I love this painting so much.

The Coming Home Trees


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Daffodils, Decorations and Deer

We were given Daffodils before Christmas and they are still beautiful.

Two of our LiveWires arrived tonight. I found the little Christmas stirrers for their drinks.

I was at the hospital this evening for an MRI on my ankles- the lovely young people were working all evening – and outside the block were a Christmas tree and some charming reindeer.


Posted by on December 28, 2017 in Beauty, Christmas decorations


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Decorating, A Pie and A Poem

We’ve had a lovely day catching up, as we have been away, on decorating for Christmas, starting with the tree and later baking mince pies.

Our birch tree

My fairy near the top of the tree

Later I used the leftovers trimmings to top a pie for our supper.

Chicken and mushroom pie

A favourite poem popped into my head this afternoon – He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by W. B. Yeats. I have loved  it  for many years and I hope you like it too.

HAD I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. 


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Stained Glass Christmas Decoration Workshop

Months ago I put my name on a waiting list for any one of the Stained Glass Christmas Decoration workshops at The Craft Collective in Redruth and had forgotten all about it until I had a phone call this morning saying there was a place for me! Just look what I made! I am so delighted with my quirky Suffragette Angel!

My Suffragette Angel, about 12 cms tall

We had a brilliant teacher, Lisa Macfarlane, who taught us all the techniques and encouraged us all to make our individual Christmas decorations.  I’ll be looking out for another course to develop these new skills.

All the decorations made today


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Christmas at Kew

We have just spent a delightful if very wet evening in Kew Gardens on the Christmas light trail. It was spectacular and if you get the chance to go, then do!

While these lights were playing, a choir was singing Carol of the Bells, a wonderful Ukrainian Carol that my choirs sing. We love it and it was very special to hear it tonight.

The children loved that they could see Stickman reflected in one of the puddles.


Posted by on December 13, 2017 in Beauty, Christmas, Christmas decorations


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Benches, Rock Steady and Angels

Both LiveWires were playing in the end of term Rock Steady concert this morning so after taking them to school and admiring the benches in the yard we went into the hall to hear five different rock bands! It was great fun but I can’t show you photos of the children in the band. J was on the keyboard and T on the drums! 

I especially loved the display of angels with the faces of some of the children and wish I’d thought of that in my early career when I taught in Plover Primary School.


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