Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Magic Paintbrush. . . . . . . .

Sometime, during the chilly, rainy night, someone
 tiptoed through the garden with an artist's palette
 and a paintbrush.
At last we've had some rain. 
Early morning light showers later turned into a steady
 rain yesterday. 
This morning, when the sun came up, I puttered about storing a
 few items in the potting shed for Winter months, taking out the
 garbage, (someone has to do it!), and of course capturing a
 few garden shots to share the radiant colors, heartbreakingly
 beautiful after the rain.
We actually raked a ton of leaves on Saturday, now 
there are tons more! They will have to stay until we 
return after the holidays . . . . . too wet and too little
 time to work in the garden now.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Pre-Christmas cruising . . . . . . . . .

We sailed on this 'royal lady' in June 2014 and loved everything about Cunard's
 smallest - but still large - ocean liner. She took us to the beautiful Baltic
 countries and on to St. Petersburg, Russia - an amazing journey.
This weekend we fly across the pond to London, then head down to the port city
 of Southampton to board Queen Victoria on Monday afternoon and sail away
 that evening. Looks like our deck chairs are waiting - hopefully it will be warm
 enough to relax out there on sea days - bring on the blankets and hot toddies
 please - and calm water will be hugely appreciated!
This ten day cruise will take us to Portugal (Lisbon), Spain (Cadiz, Malaga, La Coruna), 
and Morocco (Tangiers), and return us to England in time for a quick whiz down to
 Devon and my home town for Christmas week with family and friends.
Am I excited? You bet I am!
As always, I will do my best to share highlights of our trip along the
 way - it's all up to the Internet of course!

Monday, December 5, 2016

A dash of Christmas magic. . . . . . . .

Because we'll be so far away for the Christmas holidays, decorating
 is not happening around the cottage this year. It's somewhat sad for me
 as I do love that part of preparing for the festivities . . . . . . .but come
 next year I hope to be here dragging out all those boxes of ornaments from
 the attic, setting up my tree in the gazebo, along with lights, wreaths and
 fresh green garlands on the front porch.

At SuzAnna's Antiques open house last week,
 I did buy this beautiful golden reindeer (oops,
it's more likely a stag!) also the sheet music stenciled
 with a sweet bird sitting on a holly branch with the
French greeting,  Joyeux Noël.
I'm displaying them so at least I have a small touch
 of Christmas to look at this week. . . . . . 
. . . . . . and of course I'm enjoying looking at all the 
beautiful decor around your homes.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

My old home on the bay. . . . . . . . . .

The arrow points to where we'll be staying for Christmas week this year.
Photos are from the rental website.
Although Winter, there will still be boats moored in the harbour and, for me, that
view is always lovely no matter the weather or season - after all it's HOME! 
This is the view from the balcony of the condo - the promenade gardens below
 the Rock Walk, the outer harbour, Living Coasts Aviary, and Tor Bay looking
 across to the tiny fishing port of Brixham where my dad was born in 1900.
It was, and still is, known as one of the best fishing areas in England with the 
fleet going out daily into the England Channel waters.
The Ferris wheel will be gone to its Winter location - but hopefully the sun will shine,
 the water will be calm, and brave sailors will still be boating across the beautiful bay.

I always love to go home. Being there for Christmas will be special.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Open House. . . . . . . . . . .

The Vintage Village and SuzAnna's Antiques held their annual Christmas Open House
Thursday night - and what fun it was!
On a perfect evening - a calm and comfortable 55F - Santa arrived as costumed 
singers and musicians played old country and modern carols. Lights glittered and
 glimmered as we raised a glass and nibbled on delicious cheesy and sugary morsels.
The mood was jolly and bright and the crowd shopped and mingled.

My granddaughter Jasmin was the official photographer for the evening - however
 these are my photos, taken with my new iPhone 7Plus. . . . . . . . I'm surprised, 
and very pleased, with how they turned out in somewhat odd lighting situations.

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