Saturday, 19 December 2015

Christmas Cribs

This afternoon Larry and I went down to our local church to visit the Crib Festival there.  I couldn't wait to show you some of the exhibits, which were exemplary.  The children have put in a lot of work to get their cribs ready in time for the festival and deserve to know that their work is much appreciated. Local primary schools joined in too.


Sunday, 13 December 2015

Country Matters and The Lavender Tea Room

I love to visit Country Matter and The Lavender Tea Room from time to time. I went the other day and took some pictures of their wares. 

I'm please to say that they now have a website. You can find out more information about them here. The website opens with The Lavender Tearoom but also covers Country Matters.

Feeling in a Christmassy, December Mood!

Once December comes, I love to choose a suitable book to read for the Christmas season. This year I've picked two.

The first is 'The Snow Child' by Eowyn Ivey. Here is the synopsis:

'Alaska, the 1920's. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on a fresh start in a remote homestead, but the wilderness is a stark place and Mabel is haunted by the baby she lost many years before.  When a little girl appears mysteriously on their land, each is filled with wonder, but also foreboding - is she what she seems, and can they find room in their hearts for her?'

It is a fairytale and I love fairytales so I'm sure I'll enjoy it.  I read some of the reviews on my Kindle and they seemed so favourable that I'm sure I've made a good choice. I shall read it at bedtime. I'm sure it will send me off into the land of dreams quite nicely.

The second choice is 'Christmas at Fairacre' by Miss Read. Miss Read is my favourite authoress and has kept me company many, many times. This book is an anthology of her best Christmas stories and includes the titles 'No Holly for Miss Quinn', 'Christmas at Fairacre School' and 'The Christmas Mouse'. Here is the synopsis:

'Winter may not be everyone's favourite season, but of all the year's festivals Christmas takes pride of place and has lost none of its magic.  Outside, the winter landscape has a beauty of its own:  bare branches against a clear sky, brilliant stars on a frosty night and perhaps a swathe of untouched snow.  But these beauties are best when seen from the comfort of one's home with a good fire crackling and the smell of crumpets toasting for tea...' Miss Read.


I've done most of my Christmas packing, but as I check my list for the umpteenth time, I wonder what I have forgotten?  Even worse, who may I have forgotten?  Do you, like me, keep a few spare presents just in case? It's a good idea, isn't it.

What do you like to read over December?  Are you like me and like to delve into a fantasy world or do you prefer the holiday brochures encouraging you to think of the warmer weather and blue skies?