Saturday, 24 December 2016

A simple Country Christmas

Wishing you all A Very Happy Christmas Time.

The mantelpiece has been decorated with Ivy collected from my garden. The hyacinths are putting down roots into the water and the green shoots are growing well. The holly was picked but no berries to see but I can add some in my drawing. I did find a few red berries left by the hungry birds as they have feasted each day on the cotoneaster bushes. I popped them into the glass lanterns to decorate the white candles. A few favourite little decorations and my lovely angel cards, collected from past years and brought together for this little celebration of Christmas. The twinkling lights make it all feel magical and cosy and it feels like my home.
Nature features, seedheads of white Honesty, growing bulbs and green branches, a fir cone and the holly and Ivy. And a bowl full of brightly coloured glossy red apples.
I made some little stars with twigs and a red wreath with woven twigs I twisted into a circle. This is how Christmas feels for me, simple,honest, homemade and using nature just as my mum did. I remembered how she placed holly over pictures and it all looked so pretty and special and how we all helped decorate the real tree.
I painted a holly leaf, looking at the shape and glossy greens and thinking of times gone by. I know where there is red berried holly in the hedgerows but I will enjoy seeing it as I wander though the lanes. I love the red berries in the hedgerows, one of my favourite subjects to draw.
I won't have to wait much longer to smell the sweet hyacinths, such a welcome flower to remind us of the joy of growing and the pleasure we are given with the perfume that fills a room and greets us in the morning.
Simple pleasures, I try to remind myself how grateful I am to live in the countryside and know the joys and beauty that surround me. It seems my pictures do not want to be displayed so I will leave you with just words, my words and thoughts for now. And a promise I will post soon.
It does not seem long now until Spring will arrive, the snowdrops are already pushing up green shoots. I have planted so many pots of spring bulbs and feel excited waiting for them to appear. Almost a hundred new fritillary bulbs and how beautiful they will be when they grow and flower along with all the others in the garden. I shall once again sit and marvel at their beauty, intricate patterns on those elegant flowers heads as they grace my garden. And I shall fall in love with them all over again.
The log burner keeps the room so warm and cosy despite the stormy weather outside, the rain lashing against the windows and wind howling. I feel safe and warm, hot drinks and a mince pie warmed on the top of the hot burner enjoyed with visitors. Sitting quietly writing this post to wish you all a very Happy Christmas time wherever you are and whatever you do.
Wishing you all a peaceful Milly


Frances said...

Dear Milly, this Christmas post that you have written from your cosy home, decorated with lovely berries, leaves, lights and your own beautiful paintings, is a treat. You have shared the essence of your country home with us, and I thank you from my heart.

I usually look forward to pictures of your surrounding area and your art work, but must tell you that you have written so well today about what is around you that I felt I could see it all.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas! I once again thank you for getting me interested in blogging so many years ago.


Studio Maywyn said...

Happiest of Holidays to You & Yours, Millie
Stay warm
I hear the wind outside as I'm reading you wonderful words. There's quite a bit of wintery weather here tonight.

Anonymous said...

Hello, what a lovely post, it is good to be reminded that we have much to be thankful for which is just around us, we just have to open our eyes. Wishing you a peaceful and happy new year. Ruth

MILLY said...

Thank you for your lovely comments. Frances, Maywyn and Ruth. Happy New Year to you all and in time I will manage to visit you and leave a comment.

I am afraid I have a problem and I am unable to connect and leave comments on other blogs!

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Milly - Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Your words painted a lovely picture of your warm and cozy home. May 2017 bring you many blessings friend. I will be looking forward to visiting you in the New Year. Hugs!

Acornmoon said...

Wishing you all good things for the New Year. I always enjoy visiting you here and sharing your country delights.

Feathers said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (just a bit late, but warmly intended all the same) Loved reading about your "natural" decorating branches, berries, etc-- I could almost see all you mentioned, and feeling the warmth and comfort you mention. That's the way I decorate my home as well. Pinecones and holly figure into my surroundings along with ribbons tied to kitchen cabinets and tiny lights in my houseplants. Thank you for so generously sharing your holidays, and I look forward to seeing our Snowdrops peeking their tiny heads up--they're deeply buried under at least a foot of snow right now though, and it will be several months before they get the idea to peek up at us. Keep warm, and we'll all be watching for signs of Spring.-Hugs from across the big pond-Anita.

Celia Hart said...

Following directions given by Frances, I've only just found your blog! Lookingbforward to exploring some of your past posts and your lively drawings.

Pondside said...

It was lovely to stop by to read your words from Christmas Eve. You've described the best sort of celebration - simple and from the heart.