Sunday, 24 December 2017


Yule, the shortest day of the calendar has always been special to me, my mother liked to have candles lit and I do the same.  I also bring in lots of ivy and holly to decorate tables and picture frames like she did too.  The house is looking festive.  I had my watercolours out and painted you a little Christmas robin.

Yesterday I went to Brighton with a friend, we took the train as knew the roads would be busy, shopped and had lunch.  I was very lucky, we only went in one charity shop and I found straight away the most beautiful kaftan for future holidays, it's by Jaeger, full length snake print with gold thread running through the material.  I will show you in another post as I had some other finds for my holiday too.

We had lunch at my favourite place in Brighton, Loving Hut, it's a vegan fast food type place.  I had crispy noodle with steamed vegetables and we shared a platter of nibbles such as satay with a chilli dip.  Delicious.  I would like to make things like this at home so will check the library for any good books, any recommendations?

I have been watching all the Krusty Allslop crafting programmes on channel 4 tv catch up.  I particularly liked the silk scarf that one lady had dyed with natural leaves and onion skins and thought I would like to give it  a try, it looked a lot less effort than silk painting!  Maybe something to experiment with in the Summer months.  Have you ever tried natural dyes or leaf printing?

Another lucky shopping find this week:  I thought I would really love  a silver candlestick for our Christmas table but didn't want to spend much.  I found just what I was looking for in a charity shop on Monday, brand new for only five pounds, so pretty, here it is with a bit of festive ivy.

We decided not to buy each other presents, I think it can create unnecessary  stress so instead we made a donation to a homeless charity.  I was inspired by a story I heard on the radio about a family who were doing 12 random acts of kindness during the Christmas weeks and thought I would like to do this too, they can be small gestures I think, helping an elderly neighbour perhaps or letting someone go in front in the shopping queue, little things.   Both my sons are currently living at home although as adults they have their own plans and will be working right through the next couple of weeks as, working at the airport, it is hard to get time off this busy time of year.  We did all manage to get Christmas day off and will all be together for dinner.  I hope to catch up with my brothers early in the New Year and of course friends and neighbours in between.

Tonight I will be at a small church near here which a friend introduced me to a few years ago; it has a good feel.  I don't belong to a church any longer but I do like to keep connected to one and visit from time to time.

For my 59th year on this planet, for 2018  I hope for good health and God's guidance, nothing more.  I don't have any resolutions other than to enjoy and appreciate the love and presence of my family and friends, the comfort of our home and the beauty of the woods and surrounding areas to the full.  I hope for World peace, global appreciation of our fragile earth, happy and spontaneous events (natural or man made!), creative opportunity and spiritual contentment  for us all.

Thank you for visiting my blog and for all your comments.  Blogging has been fun this year, I really enjoy visiting your blogs and the connection that blogging brings with others in far flung and seemingly exotic places.

No need to leave a comment if you are busy and quickly dropping by.  Just make sure you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and New Year x


  1. What beautiful and uplifting post and what an inspirational thoughts you shared here my friend!

    your decorations finds are absolutely AWESOME!

    loved the christmas tree so much looks so appealing and GORGEOUS!!!

    This is so SWEeT gesture to donating for charity instead of buying gift each other ,incredibly justified and generous act!

    I agree and respect your beautiful and humble thoughts for being grateful and contented in life !
    finding joys in small pleasures of life and realizing blessing of Lord is real pEACE of life my friend ,Wishing you a very happy ,cherish and full of health and happiness new year and heartiest Happy birthday !

  2. following the footsteps of our mothers is natural as daughter and it gives us true definition of joy and serenity , this red robin is really so precious and very pretty ,so much life in his eyes!

  3. That kaftan sounds wonderful, U hope I get to see it before I go away!!
    What a lovely way to spend the day - away from the hoards of Xmas shoppers, eating spicy food in the company of a friend.
    Your robin is gorgeous.
    If you're not doing Xmas presents do treat yourself to a copy of Second Skin by India Flint. There's some wonderful upcycling inspiration and a good guide to dyeing with natural products (Krusty Allslop - ha!)
    Have a lovely Xmas, Betty. xxx

  4. I love the idea of random acts of kindness. Something we can do all year long. Merry Christmas!

  5. Hello dearest Betty! Merry Christmas! Your trip to Brighton sounds like just the ticket. Spending one-on-one time with friends during the holidays is the BEST!
    I'm so glad you are my pen friend. I must hunker down and sit at my desk after all the festivities die down.

  6. Krusty Allslop!!!lol You did well with the candlestick, it looks gorgeous. I tried dyeing some wool with Eucalyptus last year but the smell was so ghastly, not to mention the colour, I chucked the whole lot out! Great idea not buying each other presents and giving to charity instead. Have a good one, Betty. xoxo

  7. What a lovely post.
    Your trip to Brighton sounded an excellent day.

    Sending my good wishes to you and yours this Christmas.

    All the best Jan

  8. Hello Betty ... wishing you & your family a very happy festive season. Your blog is always an enjoyable place to pop by. I think taking the gifts out of Christmas is a very wise decision indeed - it has gotten so out of hand. Your silver candlesticks are lovely Betty - I have some that I inherited & I love mine. Take care Betty Xxx

  9. Blessings and joy to you in the new year!!!

  10. A lovely, peaceful and simplified Christmas sounds just perfect to me.

  11. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year. I like your resolutions. Mine are similar with a long list of DIY thrown in!
    I'm looking forward to seeing your kaftan :)


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