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.
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