Monday, December 15, 2008

It's beginning to feel like Christmas

It has been another busy week trying to cram everything in around work. A week of making gifts, like little hearts to hang on the tree filled with crushed cinamon to give a seasonal aroma.

Added to these Paul's homemade ginger and almond biscuits bagged and ready to go.

Yesterday a drive towards Chesterfield stopping off at the churchyard at Scarcliffe with a holly wreath for Mum and Dad's grave - we could hear the carols being sung at the Sunday morning service in the church as we walked quietly by.

Then it was time for coffee and warm mince pies at a friend's beautiful home where we sat chatting and catching up on news whilst watching the birds on her feeders and the pheasants on her lawn, visiting from the farmer's fields nearby. It was my first mince pie this year and I forgot to make a wish.

After a lovely lunch with my sister and brother in law, more pleasant chatter and exchange of cards and presents to put under the tree, we drove back via Matlock and Ashbourne where we stopped for a little walk around to look at the lights in the town centre. Just us and a few others feeling the magic of the lights in the bitterly cold night air.

Soon it was time to head for for home where my kind and thoughtful neighbour had been in to feed the cats, draw the curtains and put on the lights to welcome us home. What a perfect day, during which, for a short while, I forgot all the worries about how to keep paying the mortgage whilst the house languishes, still for sale, our savings dwindle and the work dries up after Christmas.


  1. I love the scent of cinnamon at Christmas..I have sticks all over the place!
    Love your little hearts. ;-)

  2. Rosie, thanks for the nice comment. it looks like you have been busy too, making those lovely hearts, like Sal says, cinnamon is a really Christmassy aroma, I love it.
    Your friend's garden looks mature and intersting. These days in the run up to Christmas are so lovely aren't they?

  3. Rosie, thank you for your lovely comment on my very self indulgent and pathetic post. I have whipped that nasty black dog - gosh does that count as cruelty to animals?
    When we get another car, I would love to meet you, maybe we can arrange something in the New Year.
    I do hope you have luck with the house soon.
    Rosie x

  4. You have made some lovely things Rosie. I am sorry to hear that you are having money and work troubles. Hopefully things will work out for you. x

  5. Happy to hear you had a lovely day and did forget you worries for a bit...wish you luck with the house sale!
    Love the little cinnamon hearts..:)

  6. Thanks for all your lovely comments- seems like cinnamon appeals to us all:)

    Rosie - that would be lovely - e-mail me some time:)

  7. Hi Rosie,

    I remember reading somewhere that a good writer can make you forget your own world and want to be a part of the world they create. Your world sounds lovely.... cinnamon hearts, almond biscuits, coffee and mince pies, pheasants, family and Christmas! Sigh! Sounds lovely... hope the New Year brings financial blessings your way.

  8. I like the cinnamon hearts, what a crafty idea. Christmas and work never mix and I am thankful that I have two weeks vacation starting Saturday.

  9. Rosie,

    You always conjure up such a lovely atmosphere. I am sure the recipients of those gorgeous hearts and biscuits will be very appreciative.

    I do hope that the New Year is a good year for you. I think that you should have a new career as a tour guide, or maybe you could write a book of walks, Staffordshire's answer to Wainwright!