Tuesday, December 18, 2012

One week to go!

This was my bedside table last week.  Hot lemon & honey and lots of kleenex!  I picked up a bug, which quickly went through the house!  That set me back a week in preparations, but things are back on track now.

I love Christmas books

This one is one of my favourites. I love Rosamunde Pilcher and every year my husband and I read "Winter Solstice" in the run up to Christmas.  It's a wonderful story.  This book below, is all about how Rosamunde celebrates Christmas and it brings back great memories as Christmas as a child in England. (Although we certainly didn't live in the kind of house she lives in!)

Look at the delicious Christmas diner on the dresser!  I always have a huge bowl of roast potatoes with our dinner and lots of brussels sprouts too

Lots of baking going on

This painting has been in our home at Christmas for many years.  The artist is Trisha Romance and she lives in a little town called Niagara-On-The-Lake which is near Niagara Falls.  When we were first married we lived in St. Catharines, Ontario, which is very close to Niagara-On-The-Lake. All of Trisha's work is centered around family and also the town and we love it.  The painting below is called "Christmas morning"

This one is a vignette of a larger painting called "Evening Skaters" and we have this one up at Christmas as well.

She has written a children's Christmas book which is just darling.

With the most beautiful artwork.

And of course, we mustn't forget Norman Rockwell.  His art is timeless.

I still have my baking to do and will make a start on that tomorrow.  We are getting really excited about having everyone home this year.

Tomorrow, Rebekah has to say goodbye to her Alex for 2 1/2 weeks as he flies home to Winnipeg for Christmas holidays.  I know she will miss him, but they will do some facetime with their computers at least.

Can't believe this time next week we'll have had our dinner and will be enjoying family time!


  1. Hi Julie, I wondered where you had got to! You and I have very similar tastes, I have come to that conclusion!! I have read several Rosamund Pilcher books (apart from the one you featured, I must try and look out for it). I couldnt believe it when you mentionned Niagara on the Lake, we stayed at Niagara falls as part of our honeymoon almost 5 years ago now and someone told us not to miss Niagara on the Lake. It was so beautiful and we have some lovely photos and memories from there. A place I would love to return to someday.
    Loved the Emma Bridgewater mug too, I have some of the two hearts design!! Hope you have a wonderful peaceful Christmas, Love Anne X

  2. So good to hear from you again Anne! Can't believe you were in NOTL during your honeymoon - we love that town! You would love Trisha Romance's works then. We have a lot of her art, as it brings back memories of newlywed life for us. I will email you later today. hugs xxx