Thursday, 14 December 2017

Julie's Advent Calendar 13th December 2017

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14  Christmas Crackers

This picture was taken a few years ago of our table ready for Christmas Eve dinner with all the family.

We always find that crackers are a bit of a disappointment, they look so pretty but don't have much in the way of exciting contents.  Over the past few years we have collected small little presents, pens, rubbers, chocolate Father Christmas sweets when the boys were younger, and then carefully opened the crackers and put extras inside. 

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Julie's Advent Calendar 13 December 2017

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13  First Christmas Card arriving by post.

Our first card arriving by post is this one which arrived today............. a pretty little card with the address not quite right but as ever our fantastic postmen managed to deliver it correctly.

But when I opened it to see who is was from this is what I found........

nothing.....blank.....and what's more, neither of us or Hawthorn recognises the handwriting!!! 

Ah well, the thought was there.  It brought a smile to my face as it arrived just in time to make an interesting post!! 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Julile's Advent Calendar 12 December 2017

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12  Christmas Angel

This pretty angel has not been in our collection for many years, perhaps about 6, but she has become part of our family tradition.  I love her old fashioned raggity look.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Julie's Advent Calendar 11th December 2017

Not sure where I have been these last few days....well actually I had set up my posts ready to go and then left them to get on with it.  But I had not realised I'd only gone until the 7th.  Better do some catch up.

11  Snowman

In spite of all the snow falling in the last couple of days, our little village has had very little so there are no snowmen around here.  We usually see them in the school playgrounds next door but nothing this time.  So searching through my archives I have found this one taken many year ago of our next door neighbour's son and his snowman.  The young man is now over 6ft tall and left school.  How time flies.  Not the most glamorous snowman.  

My second snowman I did myself, or at least I decorated from a choice of clothing and accessorries from the wonderful Jacqui Lawson Advent Calendar that I share with family and friends each Christmas.  It's not too late if you want to join in and play catch up at  jacquielawson

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Julie's Advent Calendar 7th December 2017

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7 Bells

I have used this picture and story before so apologise to those who remember it.  These bells have been in our family for many, many years.  The white ones are from a bunch my mother bought in 1959 when we lived in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, present day Harare, Zimbabwe but the yellow one is even older.  It is made of brittle plastic and is the only one left from a set of three that I remember from about 1955.  My mother bought them in Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia, present day Zambia.  They are tied together with a rusty bit of tinsel which I keep for sentimental reasons.  Each year the little bunch are put on our tree.  A bit of family history! 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Julie's Photo Advent Calendar Photo Hunt December 6th 2017

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6. Robin

This is one of Kate's Christmas cards  so what better that this one to use for my Robin picture.


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Julie's Advent Calendar 5th December 2017

5. Stained Glass Window

I absolutely adore stained glass windows both traditional and modern.  Over the years I have taken quite a few photographs,  some more successful than others.  I love the beautiful rose window in York Minster but one of my favourites was taken in a little church in Newchurch in  Pendle, a village in Lancashire adjacent to Barley, at the foot of Pendle Hill.  Famous for the Demdike family of Pendle witches who lived there in the 17th century. This tiny village has this gorgeous little church  full of beautiful stained glass windows.