Category Archives: Christmas
Today I have made the beautiful brining solution for the turkey – oranges, onions, cinnamon sticks, juniper berries, cranberries, ginger, all spice, star anise, sugar and salt.
I made a start on other Christmas baking – this afternoon, the much requested sausage rolls.
I love getting Christmas letters, be they an insert written on the computer or hand written within the card. This poem sums up the sentiment.
The Christmas Letter – John M. Morris
Wherever you are when you receive this letter
I write to say we are still ourselves
in the same place
and hope you are the same.
The dead have died as you know
and will never get better,
and the children are boys and girls
of their several ages and names.
So in closing I send you our love
and hope to hear from you soon.
There is never a time
like the present. It lasts forever
wherever you are. As ever I remain.
We went to Penzance to do some shopping after saying goodbye to a very dear friend of the family about whom I have written many times. It was a lovely ceremony which summed up her beautiful character very well. RIP Dear Margaret. In Penzance my eye was caught by the small electric boxes up and down Market Jew Street. Looking them up, I think they are called feeder boxes. I love how they have been individualised.
We hadn’t realised that today was the Montol Festival when we set off for Penzance. We did know that it was Winter Solstice….. What a magnificent parade that was! Click on any photo for the caption and more detail.
On the way home, St Michael’s Mount rose out of the mist.
I needed more embroidery silks for finishing off the pillow cases so went to my favourite shop, Redruth fabrics which is an Aladdin’s Cave of gorgeousness.
This afternoon I finished off the pillow cases which each say ‘Goodnight ******’ (Insert name of Grandchild here). As I was doing the embroidery, I was thinking about my Mum who did the same for our four children nearly 40 years ago. Two, at least, of our children still have their much loved pillow cases!
Our children and their children love the picture story book, ‘My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes’ and visiting next door this afternoon, I was reminded of it when Cato came to sit near me, not on my lap or on the settee but in the box lid.
What a day today turned out to be! A dear friend called in for coffee this morning and then we were invited to a special showing of Bill Mitchell’s attic. Sue had made an attic cake and after each person had seen the film (See below) and Bill’s amazing attic full of remarkable things and inspiration, we were invited to make a cake decoration of something we had seen. This is the cake as we left and I will show you the finished cake later.It was a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. You might like to read my tribute to him written last year. https://mybeautfulthings.com/2017/05/03/bill-mitchell-our-friend-next-door-2121951-1442017/
After that we ventured into a very cold town for a brief visit to Redruth’s Old Tyme Christmas Market in the newly refurbished Butter Market. Clare Summerson’s Light show, ‘Spirit of Light’ was fabulous, truly beautiful. They were hard to photograph they were moving so only two here.
The Christmas Tree was lovely too.
My choir, The Suitcase Singers, were due to be recorded for a TV programme this morning. I have missed so many of our choir events this Christmas and did not want to miss that! Our lovely choir leader gave permission for me to go along and mime so that is what I did! The lovely Mr S dropped me at the door and picked me up at the end. It is to be on ITV at 6pm on 21st December as part of a programme about typical Cornish Christmas celebrations. Here we all are in Penryn Town Hall.
The lovely Mr S had a plan when he picked me up and I was whisked away to have lunch at Falmouth Pavilions where the annual Christmas tree event was in full swing.
One Angel caught my eye.
A question for my fellow Bloggers – has anyone tried the new editor, Gutenberg? I am about to renew my (expensive) subs to WordPress and am concerned about the complexity of the new editor. I’ve given it a run-through and didn’t take to it though that was just a brief try. If it’s going to be a pain rather than a pleasure, it may be time to call it a day or maybe I just need to spend some time re-learning! I’d love to know what other Bloggers are thinking.
The lovely Mr S put up our lights tree in the back garden. What a delight when darkness had fallen!
I have put two Cyclamen we were given in among the various house plants and added the glass lights tree-cone which illuminates it all beautifully. Thanks A and P.
We were also given a pretty little angel to add to my collection. It is simple and very lovely and I will add it to the tree when we get it up later this week.
To all those kind people who have been wishing me well, I am on the mend and I thank you all for your love and concern.