This morning I am meant to be greeting you with pictures of my newly decorated Gingerbread Village. But as you well know the plans you make in your head are not always possible.
Especially when the roof collapses.
And the mortar falls in huge big blobs on to your sister’s foot. I’m not kidding, she was helping me hold the roof at the time and had to have a steady hand lest it cave in further. You know how it goes ….. when you’re not allowed to laugh the laughter arrives multiplied!
And you have a cheeky monkey thinking it’s funny.
I’ll have a go later and show you tomorrow. Which may be a good thing actually as if you’d like to make one then there is more time.
So today I have a corner. A Christmas Corner no less and something I try to do every year in my home.
Here is the corner. It is in the entrance hall by the front door. It has a chair, lots of fairy lights, some lanterns and a wheelbarrow.
A wheelbarrow? I hear you say.
Yes, a wheelbarrow. But it is no ordinary wheelbarrow.
This, ladies & gents, is my Christmas Wheelbarrow.
It is a small wooden wheelbarrow that has been filled to the brim with sweets and chocolates and placed by the front door. Ready and waiting for friends, family or carol singers who may happen upon us.
It sits on the windowsill and is visible from space the front garden. A warm and exciting welcome to view before people even get near to the door knocker.
Can you see the deep blue Winter sky from the window?
I love that sky.
I took these pictures yesterday evening as this sky was at its best. It is a sky that says to me “Get inside quick. Close the door, light the fire and turn on the tree lights. Hunker down for the evening and make sure everybody is safe as it’s going to be a cold one”
There is nothing more important to me than making my family safe and warm at this time of year. We grab duvets and quilts and blankets from the backs of chairs and I always make sure that the logs are dry in the hearth.
What’s out there?
Owls, foxes, pheasant, grouse. All around the house and if we’re lucky we see them.
This morning, when my coffee had eventually kicked in, I came downstairs & turned the lights in this corner on for the first time today. What is it about this time of year that opens my heart up like a huge Wintry flower? I think it’s the knowledge that not everyone has cosy mornings like I do. Not every child runs downstairs to a warm room and turns the tree lights on like I did as a child and like my children will do. I watched the Baby P documentary last night and my heart broke.
This is why I try to keep things out and available that can easily be given away as I have been given so much. Even if it’s only sweets that are there to fill the pockets of the carol singers Duffel coats. It’s the same with Mince Pies. I’m making them today and they’ll go in exactly the same place as well as being packed up and sent out to various places.
Christmas jewels that can be eaten.
God bless everyone.
And God bless my Christmas wheelbarrow. Its makeover worked an absolute treat.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Let Your Heart Be Bright.
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