Monday, 11 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 11: Snowman

Each December, Terry and I meet up with my sister and brother-in-law to swap Christmas presents, catch up on gossip and share a nice lunch. This year we decided to meet at Rosebourne a garden centre on the outskirts of Andover.


After a delicious lunch and much laughter, we spent some time walking around looking at all the lovely things on offer, and found a group of snowmen and snowwomen. Is there a collective noun for a group of snow people?   I can’t think of one although a family seems to fit the bill.

 I had to smile when I saw these two. Can you feel the love?

I'm linking with Julie over at Julie's Scrapbook

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 10: Holly and Ivy

The Holly and the Ivy: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers. From the album, "Songs of Angels, Christmas Hymns & Carols."


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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 9: Christmas Bauble


In this short clip Rowan Atkinson aka Mr. Bean visits Harrods in search of Christmas ornaments – enjoy!

I'm linking with Julie over at Julie's Scrapbook.  

Friday, 8 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 8: Sleigh

I was going to share a photograph of a sleigh full of toys, but then I remembered this jigsaw puzzle and thought…aha!



It came from a charity shop, so I shouldn’t have been surprised when I found it was missing a few pieces. What confused me was the ‘jigsaw complete’ label attached to the box. It would have made it a whole lot simpler had I realised I was never going to find the tip of the dogs tail or the little bird in the tree!


It took a long time to complete partly because of the missing pieces and partly because it has an iridescent finish which makes it difficult to do in anything other than natural daylight (something we are short of in the winter).  


I still love it even with the missing pieces, especially as the design is by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone.

Photograph of Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone 
from Dean & Son Ltd, via Wikipedia

Janet and Anne were prolific illustrators, and their work is now eagerly collected. I to put together a bibliography of their books back in 2013. It's not been updated for a while, but you will find it here should you be interested.


I'm linking with Julie over at Julie's Scrapbook.    More from my Advent Calendar tomorrow. 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 7: Bells

Ding dong merrily on high, In heav'n the bells are ringing: Ding dong! verily the sky Is riv'n with angel singing Gloria Hosanna in excelsis!

With thanks to Pexels for the image.  (All images licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license).

E'en so here below, below, Let steeple bells be swungen, And "Io, io, io!" By priest and people sungen Gloria Hosanna in excelsis! 



Pray you, dutifully prime
Your matin chime, ye ringers,
May you beautifully rime
Your eve'time song, ye singers
Gloria Hosanna in excelsis!


Title: Ding Dong! Merrily on high
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Lyricist: George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848-1934), English composer.
The carol was first published in 1924 in The Cambridge Carol-Book.
From: The Choral Public Domain Library

I'm linking with Julie over at Julie's Scrapbook.    More from my Advent Calendar tomorrow. 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 6: Robin


Our Thrushes now are silent,
Our Swallows flown away,
But Robin's here, in coat of brown,
With ruddy breast-knot gay.
Robin, Robin Redbreast,
O Robin dear!
Robin singing sweetly
In the falling of the year.


From Robin Redbreast
By William Allingham


With thanks to Pexels for the image.  (All images licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license).

I'm linking with Julie over at Julie's Scrapbook.

The lovely Sue from Extrawurst shared a link to a song by Bing Crosby. As Sue said it’s not White Christmas, and it’s not even seasonal, but she thought I would enjoy it. I’m listening to it as I type this, and I absolutely love it, do have a listen if you have the time. 




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