Thursday, 31 December 2009

Happy New Year

A very happy, healthy and prosperous 2010 everyone.
Happy New Year

Monday, 28 December 2009

Family Christmas

I hope you all had a good Christmas.

I spent Christmas Day at my parent's house with my family and we all had a lovely time.

The table was set for dinner.

We all opened our presents in the morning and my father had these slippers!!

We had the traditional turkey and Christmas pudding for dinner.

This little elf couldn't wait for the pudding to be served so decided to help himself!

On the Sunday it was my turn and everyone came to my place for lunch.

One of my Christmas presents was a CK cake stand so I made good use of it with my Nigella Lawson rocky road.

Rufus enjoyed playing with the streamers.

And...after I'd complained about not having any snow in Shropshire....we eventually had some on the night before Christmas eve.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Christmas Market

It seems to have been snowing everywhere in the country except here in Shropshire!! We've hardly had a flake! At least it has made it easier to get about and finish my Christmas shopping. I went to Shrewsbury on Saturday to the Christmas Market.

The market was very busy with lots of people mulling around the stalls.

The market is set in the old Square around the original Market Hall.

Once finished at the Market it was off to the shops.

I sorted all the decorations out for my tree last weekend. I have a bit of a mixture of all sorts. Some old and some new!

I haven't really gone for a theme this year and have just put absolutely everything on the tree until I couldn't find a branch left. I have put coloured lights on my tree this year as I like the vintage look of them.

Here's my tree all done! It has every colour you can think of on it and I think it looks really pretty....

...especially in the evening when the lights are low!

I would just like to take this opportunity to wish all my fellow bloggers a
very merry Christmas
a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.
See you all in 2010!
Susie X

Friday, 11 December 2009

Cold and Frosty Morning

I woke up this morning to a very foggy and frosty Shropshire. We have had quite a mild autumn but the temperature has really dropped now and today is the first really cold day of the winter.

I had to take my car in for a service early this morning. The garage is just down the road from my house so on the walk home I took some photographs.

I took these photos at about 9.00 am and the sun is still not very high. You can just about see it through the haze of fog.

This old oak tree is at the bottom of the lane.

The ivy in the hedgerow looked very Christmassy with its frosting.

More trees and the hedgerow.

I thought these plants on the verge looked very pretty with their frosty covering.
There is more wintery weather forecast for the weekend and possibly some snow! I would love it to snow.
Have a lovely weekend everyone. Stay warm!

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

A Rednesday Christmas Red

Today I am joining Sue over at Its A very Cherry World for Rednesday. I just have a couple of reds to show you today and one of them is a drink!

I bought this very kitsch, glittery bambi on my recent trip to London. He was quite expensive but I couldn't resist him!

I don't know if you remember, but back in September I made some sloe and damson gin. Well, now it is ready to drink and has been decanted into new bottles!
Here it is. It can be left longer to mature but I really wanted it for Christmas. It is now this gorgeous deep red colour and apart from the fact that it nearly blows your head off when you drink it, it is very delicious.

After seeing a brilliant pomander tutorial over at Rosies blog, I decided to make one last night. It took no time at all and it amazed me how one small orange can make the room smell so Christmassy! Pop over to Rosies lovely blog and have a look.

And finally a big, big thank you to the very kind and generous Michela for sending me these lovely gifts. I was thrilled to see a parcel arrive in the post. As well as a gorgeous bag, she sent me some Italian sweets and a lovely little pin dish.

Thanks Michela. I don't know how you guessed but as you can see from my china cabinet, I collect flowery things so the little pin dish now has pride of place in the cabinet!

That's all for now. Enjoy the rest of your week everyone.