The annual front o' house paint and patch up job is 4 months away, please ignore lichen stains.
I have turned into a nibbling little house mouse clad in fleece, cashmere and thermals. Christmas is coming so it's time to tip toe into life saving snuggly hibernation, it was so cold in here the other night that I ate my dinner wearing fingerless Fagin mitts.
Hmm, I've already slipped a bit, Christmas is weeks away and I've already packed on a few pounds but I'm shelving thoughts of austere measures until coming face to face with January's grim limpid eyed stare.
I love my door wreath, it was almost worth the meltdown I had over it last week, it's a Buddhist Christmas wreath, it had three reincarnations in a single day.
The pine cones on my tree lift my spirits no end.
These three mercury glass balls are the only baubles I own, I carefully carried them back from Stockholm a few years ago as if they were rare griffin eggs. The tree will eventually be tarted up with white roses and fairy lights, the same as last year. I tend to stick to organic
decorations, I had a few years when the tree dangled with gingerbread biscuits/lebkuchen and before that it was cinnamon sticks and dried orange slices.
This is last years Nordman Fir.
I bought the folk houses in Vermont about 28 years ago.
I planted up mum's window boxes with these ardisia and filled her kindling basket with off cuts from our trees. I've tucked all sorts of aromatic bits and bobs in to the basket, everything from orange peel to apple wood and pine wood. Her fire smells like a smouldering orangerie.
That brown package? Thanks to 'Get Fresh' for the best, most thoughtful pre - Christmas present ever!
You white witch!
Now, imagine the 'rrrrrt' noise of a record being pulled off a turntable; below is not my house but my friend's, it has just been featured in an interiors magazine, it's the warmest cosiest house at any time of year.
Yes, my tablecloth above is the same fabric as her blinds, it's by Pierre Frey.
Are you nesting too just now?
Wishing all of you a cosy weekend.