Seasonal Observations

Sunday, 22 December 2013



Christmas is nearly here and here I am doing what I do at this time of year:

lighting candles
decorating my tree (we have such a nice one this year)
hoovering up pine needles
making dozens of florentines
eating dozens of florentines
listening to A Christmas Carol
wishing Katie would turn off the Christmas music. All I want for Christmas is not to hear Mariah Carey ever again. Ever.
sampling the quince vodka and damson gin
making mince pies -little'uns and one big pie to eat hot with cream for pudding -much less trouble.
making a turkey timetable -thank you Delia
taking photographs of my candles, Christmas tree, florentines and mince pie

I will be back after Christmas when no doubt I will be fired up with the desire to eat less and get fit. Again.

Merry Christmas to everyone who reads this blog, do have a good one!


39 comments:

  1. Have a wonderful Christmas Sue, those Florentines looks so yummy! All the best of 2014.
    Shauna. x

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  2. Merry Christmas Sue, watch out for the goose fat x x

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  3. Have a wonderful Christmas. Your cooking looks delicious. x

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  4. Our tree is a nice one too this year, the best we've ever had. A good year for trees? I remember your florentines (and other biscuits) from last year, they're still looking delicious. I don't think I'd be able to resist them. I like a big mince tart as well - when I was little we used to shape it either like a boot or a Christmas tree. Maybe I should revive this. I hope you and yours have a lovely Christmas and a very happy New Year Sue. CJ xx

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  5. Wishing you a great Christmas and new year ahead.
    Enjoy your blog so much - it's always a good place to visit for food, knit and wit.
    Thanks for the Ravilious 'Halstead Road in Snow'!
    I was searching for beef wellington recipes and the post from 10 Dec last year popped up and I laughed all over again. Many thanks, Niki

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  6. Happy Christmas to you and yours Sue, and here's to a great 2014! xx

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  7. Merry Christmas, Sue. I'm with all the way you on Mariah.

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  8. Merry merry Christmas to you Sue. Hope to see you before much of 2014 has passed xxx

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  9. Merry Christmas, Sue. Thank you for another year of wonderful blog posts. x

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  10. Wishing you and your family a great Christmas with lots of festive cheer Sue xox

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  11. Happy Christmas to you too Sue.

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  12. Merry Christmas to you too

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  13. deedownunder3:27 am GMT

    I see someone else has warned you to take care with the duck fat!! When I read your blog at Christmas time, I am reminded of your painful foot!
    Happy Christmas, Sue!

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  14. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas Sue. Thank you for the wonderful recipes and inspiration during the year.
    Sarah x

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  15. Merry Christmas (minus Mariah Carey, I'm with you on this one). Same here as to the upcoming vows to never again eat so much and try to shake some weight off... we'll see what this year brings !
    Best Christmas wishes to you and your family.

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  16. Merry Christmas to you too!

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  17. a very Merry Christmas to you too Sue, may it be delicious x

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  18. Happymerries to you Quinces, Ax

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  19. Happy Christmas to all at The Quince Tree!

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  20. Ahhhh - those never ending pine needles. It's all looking rather lovely Sue.

    'Merry Christmas'

    Nina xxx

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  21. Have a wonderful Christmas sue & can't wait to see you next year xx

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  22. Merry Christmas Sue. Good to see everything is in place.

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    1. Oh and in a move of copycat solidarity I will be putting some tiny baubles into my small IKEA glasses too.

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    2. Am I a trendsetter?

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  23. Merry Christmas Sue,i too feel the same about Mariah Carey!!, mince pies and florentines, your talking my language, yummy,
    Have a good one
    Sue xx

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  24. Merry Christmas! Enjoy it.
    Sarah x

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  25. Your photos are beautiful; sparkling and cheering. Happy Christmas!

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  26. What lovely photos! Such a cheery post for a Merry Christmas one - thank you!
    Hoping you and yours have a fantastic Christmas and look forward to,reading your blog into 2014 and beyond!

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  27. Have a wonderful, wonderful Christmas and thank you for all the blogging gorgeousness over the past year. Your crabapple chilli jelly "chelly" is a firm favorite in my house.

    xx Deb

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  28. Hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas. I always enjoy your posts - look forward to more great photos, recipes, etc in the new year! Abby x

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  29. Merry Christmas to you and yours. I appreciate your wonderful photographs throughout the year.

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  30. Merry Christmas to you and your family Sue.

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  31. Have a lovely Christmas Sue, hopefully with no more Mariah but plenty more quince vodka! Hope you have a very happy start to the new year too, J x

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  32. Merry Christmas and may you feel joy throughout the festive season. I live in Darwin, 6 degrees south of the equator. It is rather damp as we wait at the edge of another tropical cyclone. It is a wet, cloudy and cool Christmas here. We will be using the good dishes, eating the celebratory food, and phoning distant family members. As I write this message I am wearing my incredibly kitsch Christmas pyjamas, which will continue to remind me to keep the Christmas ideals for weeks and weeks.

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  33. I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas

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  34. I hope you and your family are having a wonderful Christmas, Sue. It all looks and sounds perfect. I've inflicted Christmas pop music on my whole family this month. I think they're pretty sick of Mariah too. And Slade. X

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  35. I am so ridiculously behind with my blog reading that it's far too late to wish you a Merry Christmas, so here's hoping you have a fabulous New Year x

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