Gudrun Christmas Picks 2016

I’ve been eagerly awaiting the Gudrun Christmas Collection, and was delighted when my catalogue arrived.  In the past, I’ve found one or two outfits to covet, but this year’s collection is full of lovely things I’d wear in or out of the Christmas season. Most of my favourites come from the Frida Kahlo collection.  The…

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Happy New Year

It may be Hogmanay in Scotland, but I still have to eat as many black eyed peas as possible on New Year’s Day.  They’re not available fresh in the UK, so I’m soaking just over a pound of the dried ones.  They’ll be eaten with raw onion tomorrow. Happy New Year!

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Winter Garden

Our garden in winter. Unless there is an unpredicted rapid rise in temperatures, the snow will remain on the ground for Christmas. The forecast doesn’t call for more snow, so I’m unsure if this counts as a white Christmas. Does the snow actually have to fall on the day? I think not!

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Nearly Christmas

I can’t believe Christmas is nearly here. I’ve finished with work for the year and am looking forward to a little quiet time with my family. They are a generous lot, and last year gave me many lovely gifts. The one pictured above is one of my favourites. It’s called an egg skelter, and it…

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Tommy

When I was a little kid, I had two favourite Christmas decorations — a red felt reindeer called Rudolph and an elf called Tommy. Tommy originally belonged to my grandparents, and they gave him to me one Christmas after I’d carried him around their house all day. Seeing Tommy every year was a thrill, but…

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