On Christmas Eve, I collected a fallen holly sprig....please excuse disgusting window.....it has since been cleaned!:
Unfortunately, most of the berries on the tree had been blown off in the previous days' gales.
OB put out the traditional glass of whisky and a mince pie for Father Christmas, despite having not believed in him for two years. My mother told me he didn't exist from birth. Nice.
Christmas day brought lovely presents, including 'London in a Matchbox' in OB's stocking. More fiddly to construct than you would believe:
The Christmas revolving chickens:
A Christmas day walk with the dogs:
Trigger had his Christmas dinner (an apple and a carrot chopped into the usual). By the way, the bunting is there to try and stop him jumping the fence:
Jack is a hot dog and washing still needs to be dried, even on Christmas day:
Boxing day brought sunshine:
Some of the Christmas snow settled:
I can't resist a nice bunch of lichen:
There were icy puddles too:
The dogs had fun in the sun:
I'll be glad when everything gets back to normal to be honest. Until next time, here are Snippet and Jack looking like Cerberus minus a head.
Our son was in your area for Christmas, he would have been pleased to see snow.ReplyDelete
We've had nowhere near freezing yet here just lots of windy weather.
There are sticks everywhere that have blown off the trees - I'm sure you are having the same issues!Delete
You must be very relieved to have power back again!ReplyDelete
A beautiful sequence of photos. Even when the weather is bad, the moorland and winter trees of Dartmoor are stunning.
I love the two headed dog :-)
We were very relieved to have the power on Christmas Day - trying to do dinner on a primus stove would have been a challenge too far.Delete
The London in a match box looks great. Our kids are all too big to be asleep by the time Father C drops off stockings now, but I guess they do at least possess enough self-control now to wait to open them till a civilised hour the next morning!ReplyDelete
Lucky you with Crimble snow- we had rain here :-)
That matchbox was a bit of a bargain at £3.50 from Pollocks Toy Museum. I used to spend a lot of time there as a child and thought I'd see if they had a web site, which they did. OB and a friend are currently occupied upstairs with a Victorian reproduction game of 'Hopla!' which has kept them away from computer devices for a goodly amount of time.Delete
I know what you mean about "normal" - having cooked 4 monster meals in a row, I am happy to rest on my laurels tomorrow!ReplyDelete
Lovely to share your Christmas. A bit more magic in your house than ours, until the grandchildren start appearing . . .
I'l keep my fingers crossed for you in the grandchildren department!Delete
I'm glad the power cut didn't last all over the festive period! We had lot of rain too!ReplyDelete
I bet you did....glad you're okay Sarah! xDelete
well done OB, I love your London model, that looks very complicated, but you did a great job! xReplyDelete
I had to help a bit.....xDelete
The candles make the house look very atmospheric, as long as the power wasn't out too long. Hail here today too, at the very moment the shopping arrived and we had to climb the 84 steps to collect it. I see what you mean about the holly berries, what a shame.ReplyDelete
Our shopping is due next Tuesday but minus the steps. That must be a bit of an unwelcome challenge. You really need a funicular railway.Delete
I find 'normal' challenging enough without holidays that linger! You do live in a wild and wooly part of the kingdom. Power outages aren't fun after the first 15 minutes.ReplyDelete
It was just as a new adaptation of Jane Eyre started. VERY annoyed as we don't have enough band width to watch it on the computer!Delete
I clean my windows when the house is for sale. Ha.ReplyDelete
There's nothing like the pressure of selling to make you do all the things you've been to do for years. I know that feeling VERY well!Delete
So much to love in this post but not the outage. Hope all is better now.ReplyDelete
Love the London in a Matchbox, frozen puddle and of course the last photo of the gud dugs.
All is well 0- thank you Parsnip, and thanks so much for your card. Lovely to see it for real and I absolutely love it!Delete
A truly lovely series of photos Em. The only time I remember we have candles is when we have a power outage :)ReplyDelete
It's finding those candles in the dark that's the challenge isn't it? Lucky the fire was alight when we were looking!Delete
Hi Em. Pity about power cut but it brought out the candle light. Doogs, ponies and horses are looking good. Love the light on the moors.ReplyDelete
Other than missing Jane Eyre, it was very lovely!Delete
Lovely festive scenes Em and I'm very jealous you had snow even if it was just a short-lived dusting :-)ReplyDelete
It was lovely but whether Ladbrokes would allow it as a white Christmas I'm not sure.Delete
Looks like you had a good xmas, and the animals as well. Loved the London in a matchbox thing, reminds me of all the things I brought for my children, which I always ended up making...ReplyDelete
I bought OB a proper Pollock's toy theatre too. I spent many hours as a child creating productions of various plays but I'm not sure he shares my enthusiasm!Delete
Beautiful photos Em - good to see the dogs having fun :) Where did you get your London in a matchbox from - its superb!!! We still put out a mincepie and glass of sherry for FC and read Twas the Night Before Christmas :) I missed Jane Eyre too :(ReplyDelete
Pollock's Toy Museum website. So lovely to have rediscovered somewhere I loved so much as a child.ReplyDelete
London in a matchbox is quite beautiful Em - as are your photographs.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year to you all.
You too Pat. xDelete
I love that photo of the icy puddle like an abstract painting. Power cuts can be fun for a while although maybe not so fun if you have frantic dogs running around breaking stuff in the dark.Happy New Year!!ReplyDelete
They took it very well actually and went into sleep mode. I love those icy puddles too. I did a whole post about them last year!Delete
So glad to hear the power came back on in time for your xmas preparations. Love the lichen and ice close-ups. Dartmoor looks lovely and at least there was only a sprinkle of snow. I hope the birds will pick up the berries.ReplyDelete
I hope so too but there are still an awful lot there given that they'd be such easy pickings. Maybe they don't like them off the tree!Delete
I do hope the weather improves soon Em for your sake, it just seems to be one bad weather front after another. Roll on Spring.ReplyDelete
I don't mind the cold....it's just the rain. However, spring will be most welcome.Delete
I think your mincepie and whiskey for Father Christmas is much better than our milk and cookies for Santa Claus!!!ReplyDelete
We are sick of the cold rain here too. Keep reminding myself that thankfully it isn't snow or ice.
Lovely photo of the bay mare and foal! And Snippet looks somewhat demented in the one with his wild eye!
Love the London scene. That is so cool.
Snippet IS somewhat demented a lot of the time. Isn't the London matchbox thing lovely? I should have put something there to give a sense of scale. It really did fit into a very tiny matchbox!Delete
At least the weather improved, but cooking without power could have been a challenge! Thank goodness it came back on! Wonderfully atmospheric photos Em, Happy Christmas to you all.ReplyDelete
You too with your summer Christmas! Do you have a barbecue or have a big meal indoors? I always think it must be very strange for British ex-pats in Australia and NZ; so much of our Christmas is bound up with winter and the cold. My mum thought seriously about emigrating to NZ in the 1970's but obviously never did. I often wonder what life would be like if she had. xDelete
An English Christmas weatherwise. I can’t remember which day did what; we had a bit of snow on the tops of the hills which melted during the day. we had a bit of ice one morning. we had rain. we had gales. we had a few sun showers.ReplyDelete
It was much the best idea to stay indoors. Millie thought so too, although she got a couple of very long walks in at some time. It’s all a blur. I can’t remember when that was.
Thank God it’s all over bar the shouting. We’ll have to tranquilise Millie for new year’s eve.
I often take the tree down on new year's day and try and get back to normal then. It just prolongs the agony!Delete
Lovely pictures! Hope you had a lovely time, have to say I'm glad to get back to normality :-)ReplyDelete
But what day is it? I have no idea.Delete
Happy New Year Em !ReplyDelete
Such super festive photos!ReplyDelete
wishing you all a most wonderful 2014.
Buster sends envious love to your dogs and he is trapped in the city!
Poor Buster, but I bet he has a great time really! xDelete
just love the photo of the lichen, just wonderful. Glad you had a lovely Christmas and all the best of luck and love in 2014.ReplyDelete
Thanks Gill and right back at you. xDelete