Tuesday, 23 December 2008


We have just passed the shortest day and now the evenings are ever so slowly getting lighter.  I like this time, although the coldest winter weather is still to come, we are moving away from the darkest days.  The colours of the countryside are very soft and muted at this time of year. 

Without their covering of leaves the silhouettes of the trees contrast with the pale skies.

Although the quiet colours dominate outside, it is the more colourful evergreen plants that I bring into the house at this time of year.  I haven't been able to find much holly with berries this year, I think the birds ate them all during the cold weather earlier this month.  Instead I have picked this variegated foliage from the garden and mixed it with green ivy and twigs full of catkins. 

We bought our tree at the weekend and it is now taking up a lot more space in our living room than I intended - I think we got a bit carried away when we chose it and Christmas trees always seem to be bigger once they are inside!

My Christmas tablecloth is also inspired by evergreens.  This was embroidered by my great aunt although I don't ever remember seeing it used.  I often wonder why she used only red, I think I would have done the holly leaves in dark green.  Still, it certainly brightens up our Christmas table.

The Christmas preparations are almost finished, just a few more mince pies and a "chocolate log" to be made tomorrow and then theres nothing more to do except enjoy the holiday.

Happy Christmas!


Heather L. said...

Thank you for your beautiful photographs! I am yearning to try a watercolor of the bare winter trees against the evening sky. The color possibilities are endless.

I'm wondering if your aunt's tablecloth was made at a time when red on white was popular....

I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas! A package from SCotland arrived in the mail today with crackers!!! Yay!!! We'll actually have a bit of British for our Christmas dinner. :)

willow said...

Hi Heather,
I didn't know you painted, photography is the nearest I'll ever get to painting.
You may well be right about the tablecloth, I don't know when it was made but some of the pieces she made did have odd combinations of colours which were probably fashionable at the time.

Simply Authentic said...

Happy Christmas Willow! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday with your family! Many blessings to you and yours!