30.11.13

Special Date

 A long time ago I knew someone whose birthday fell in the first week in April and once in a rare while* her birthday would fall on Easter Day which made her particularly glad. I know how she felt because once in a not quite so rare while my birthday falls on Advent Sunday. It just feels right when Advent and December begin on the same day and this year they do.

Tomorrow I will celebrate my birthday by dusting off our Advent calendar which has enough windows for each day in Advent no matter how long or short it is.



Pudding, cake and mincemeat are made, the turkey has been ordered and, yes, I am afraid I have done all my Christmas shopping.

But don't be alarmed by the pictures below, I have not put up my Christmas lights. Charlie bought new lights yesterday and plugged them in to check they worked and I couldn't let the photo opportunity pass. They will be strung around our living room no earlier than the 15th December.




But today it is still November and before I go and make myself a birthday cake here is November's sampler for you.



* Not quite as rare as when Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincide
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27.11.13

A Bitter Pill

A Bitter Pill
Remember this  ? Barely four weeks later And it is pilling for England. All that lovely textured stitchwork blurred a...
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23.11.13

The Colour of Mincemeat

The Colour of Mincemeat
If I didn't already have my dream job I would like to be the person who chooses the colour names for yarn. That's a job right?...
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18.11.13

Small Delights (III)

Small Delights (III)
The last quinces. Not fit for eating but good to look at as they lie glowing amongst the wet leaves. A squeaky savoy cabbage....
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11.11.13

For the Fallen

For the Fallen
WITH proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children England mourns for her dead across the sea. Flesh of her flesh they were, spir...
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8.11.13

November Posy

November Posy
Spoilt for choice. I picked orange leaves, red hips and berries, black seed pods, purple sedum and rosebuds of p...
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3.11.13

Mud Wrap

Mud Wrap
The leaves on the cherry tree have at last begun to change from green to gold to orange. But indoors things are mud coloured. T...
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