Saturday, 21 December 2013

It must be Christmas

The tree, although small, is up and decorated - but there is a dearth of presents below as they are still waiting to be wrapped!

 I have also hung some of our inherited decorations
 Bill's mother had these (there are three) before we were married, so they must be nearly 50 years old
 This musical bell plays Silent Night and is about 70 years old as it was bought when Bill was very small.  Actually, if you click to enlarge, you will see the light shade behind which dates back to 1933.  It is handpainted china and we think it is really lovely.  That will definitely not go with the house when it is eventually sold - at some far distant time (we trust).
 Santa is only just over 40 years old, he plays Jingle Bells and was bought when our youngest son was about 2.
This also says Christmas to us in the tropics - mangoes and lychees, yum!
This year is a good season for both fruits so we will have our fill, but as well as that we will still have the traditional plum pudding with coins!  Nothing else will be hot - apart from the temperature, which is forecast to be about 30 degrees.  We are on the coast so we are lucky and will have a cooling breeze.  The town where I grew up on the inland side of the Great Dividing Range, is forecast to reach almost 40 degrees, with a very low humidity.

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing I hope you all enjoy the spirit of Christmas and have a wonderful New Year.


  1. A lovely festive post Robin, and your tree looks beautiful. It's so nice to still enjoy the old decorations and create new family traditions. We have some tree baubles which must be 45 years old but none from either of our parents. Our Christmas will probably be wet and windy - Christmas weather usually comes in the New Year! Merry Christmas to you and your family, and a Happy New Year.

  2. Thanks for you kind comment on my coursework blog. Exercise 4 consisted of making line drawings on transparent sheet of existing drawings and placing them on top of each other in pairs. I moved them around to get a better result and then took photocopies which then had colour added. When I tried overlaying three, it just looked a mess. Hope this explains it a bit.

  3. Love seeing all the different decorations. I didnt put a tree up at home this year and only a small one here,but the mantlepiece has all the usual suspects on it. Have a great Christmas

  4. So lovely that you have al;l those decorations with so many memories. Have a lovely Christmas.

  5. I'm slowly gettting round to decorations that I've been bringing out & adding to each year. It's a lovely tradition, isn't it? Merry Christmas!


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