Friday, December 09, 2011

Friday, December 9th.

A beautiful, crisp, sunny December day.  No wind!

Out for lunch with the volunteers at the Bargain Centre, - 19 of us all dressed up in Christmas finery, and full of a spirit of gratefulness and appreciation for their wonderful help, given with such good humour and kindness.

I rather feel that I have been on a Sabbatical, - or else I have been stuck at an intersection, not being able to quite get the gears in forward movement.  However, whilst I have been neglecting this blogspot I have written the Christmas letter, mailed all the Christmas cards, bought most of the Christmas presents, made big, fat buttery shortbreads for Christmas bake sales, and decorated the house!


The stained glass angel and snowflakes that we bought last year catch the low sunlight, skimming the hills.  I planted the paperwhites a little early, and didn't experiment with feeding them hard liquor to stunt their growth, so now they are bending their sweet white heads, a little awkwardly, I must admit.


If they are past their best shelf life on Christmas day there are a couple of amaryllis that should join our celebration and brighten these diminished winter days.

I am about to go and do the late evening chores in the kitchen so we can get up to freshly brewed coffee in the morning - early, early tomorrow morning to try to catch the moon in eclipse.  It shone so splendidly tonight in a cloudless sky, with a few of the brighter stars to accompany it on its westward journey.


8 comments:

Penny said...

my decorations dont go up until next week, I have to clean the house first! But most of the baking is now done, as we go away on the 18th so much has to be done ahead of time. If the paper whites flower too early just enjoy them when they do. We cant have bulbs here, early summer for us, but so much else it doesnt matter.

Fonnell/Grammie/mom said...

oh it all looks so peaceful.
I hope you have a very nice holiday. Are you getting visits from lots of family? I think of you often.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Our moon shone splendidly last night too Hildred - resulting in a very sharp frost this morning. Love those paper whites. Wish I could smell them.

Hildred and Charles said...

Hi Fonnell, - the nicest Christmas picture I have is the one of your dear little (now big) granddaughter in bed beside the tree, and it twinkling so beautifully. It has a lovely Christmas aura. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. I think of you too!

Wanda..... said...

Your beautiful window and tree is very festive, Hildred and the photo of your lovely paperwhites make me wish I had started some.

EG Wow said...

I do hope you saw the eclipse!

Hildred and Charles said...

Oh, I wish I had seen the eclipse. Went to bed with the moon shining brightly and woke at 5.30 a.m. with the whole valley socked in with fog, from one end to the other, and all across the vault of sky. Very disappointed.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Your new home is beautiful for your first Christmas there! It has to have taken a little bit longer to decorate in a new spot. You have been very busy, certainly understandable why you haven't been blogging often. Glad you checked in!