Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Has Come - and Gone!

Buster and Sandy enjoying a Christmas Eve cuddle!

Christmas Day

So that's it for another year! Christmas Day has come and gone. We had a quiet time. So far since the cold snap our gas has frozen and now our water has frozen now so we're eking out the water in the hot water tank! We also couldn't go out shopping because the roads are so treacherous but in the end we managed without. We're going to go to Galway on Sunday to have a look around the sales.

Today the temperature has risen a bit and tomorrow is supposed to be the same, so with a bit of luck the water might de-frost!

We've had a leisurely day today. The exciting news is that most of the furniture is in my new studio and I'm in it now. What a Christmas present.

We didn't have our Christmas Dinner until about 4pm, but that was fine, we were in no rush. The turkey was gorgeous.

We opened our presents a little while before dinner. I am now the owner of a super strong new pair of Wellington Boots, a pair of moccasin slippers, a lovely craft book on making dolls, a couple of scrap books and 2 huge bars of chocolate! I also received the Susan Boyle CD and the Will Young Hits CD, both of which I wanted. Happy me!

I watched Dr Who and the Christmas special Strictly Come Dancing which was lovely and Brian and Ali won. I think everyone was swept away by the romance that has developed between them, but Ali is a beautiful dancer too.

Buster had a Christmas Present too - of a rugby ball, which he has managed to destroy already. Bad dog. Still, he's enjoyed attacking it and he and the cats have had some turkey too.

Here is Buster opening his present:

Here's Jim about to attack his Christmas dinner:

And in his Christmas Hat!!

My Play Room/Studio

Here I am at my desk in my new room. What a great present. I also have some shelves on the other wall now, with more to come. Of course the walls are rather bare at the moment, but I'm sure that will soon be rectified.

Frosty Photos

I took loads of photos on Christmas Eve as the frost was so thick and the sun shone:

The Deenery covered in frozen snow and frost.

Rose Bay Willow Herb.

Frosty Bracken.

I do hope everyone else has had a good Christmas Day and continue to enjoy the holiday.


Teri C said...

Looks and sounds like a wonderful day Gina. Merry Christmas!!

A new studio!! whoohoo!!

Leatherdykeuk said...

Love the new studio and the hedge parsley shot.

Thank you for my pot!

marianne said...

Sounds like a wonderful Christmas to me1
That picture of Buster and Sandy is precious!
Enjoy the day after (which is still Christmas here.....)


Heather said...

All those weeks of preparation and it goes so quickly. Your study looks great and those frosty pics are gorgeous. Happy New Year to you and Jim - not forgetting dear Buster and his feline friends.

Carol said...

Apart from the lack of water your day sounds lovely!!

Hope 2010 brings you much love, laughter and happiness

C x

Lisa at Greenbow said...

That sweet Buster, he is such a cuddle bunny. Your new studio looks so neat and tidy. It is good that you had such a wonderful Christmas. I hope your water thaws quickly and no harm done to your pipes.

soulbrush said...

i adore seeing those two animals together like that, it gives me such a feeling of peace inside. glad you ha d a joyful day, we had fun with maggs. happy and creative 2010 to you and jim. xxx

Jason said...

Hope you have water by now. The snow has all but gone here, very sunny day today. Had a great Boxing day with the gang.

The studio look excellent, lovely with those doors. I'm taking Sam to the sales today. Have a lovely day x

DK Leather said...

what a lovely Christmas, except for the water and gas, what rotten luck!!

Heckety said...

I'm glad you had a good christmas...d'you suppose Buster was Welsh in a previous life that he wanted to destroy the rugby ball on sight???wicked players, the Welsh!
I hope you had enough firewood if your gas froze? Our water froze too and it was kinda tricky, that and two car prangs on the icy road.And more forecast this week coming. You stay safe!

BT said...

Hi Teri, it was a good day thank you, you obviously had a great time too! I love love my studio and keep finding lots of things I'd lost, all stored away!

Thank you Rachecl, I'm glad you liked your pot. A bit more present to come when I visit in January.

Thanks Marianne. Buster is such a softy! We're having fun in my studio sorting it out.

Thanks Heather, Happy New Year to you and yours. Glad you liked the photos, I took over 100!

Thanks Carol, the water is back on now and Jim's tried to lag the pipes a bit so fingers crossed!

Lisa I had to laugh at your remark about my studio being tidy! I now have stuff all over the floor - it was all in store upstairs so it's great rediscovering it all. Not enough room in here though!

Thanks soul, the animals can be a joy sometimes! I'm sure you had a great time with Maggs, I'm off to see my son and family and Jim's family mid January, followed by a trip to Derbyshire to visit my daughter and family!! busy busy.

Yes, Jay, water flowing at the moment!

I'm glad you had a great Christmas this year too. I'll have to try and make it to yours one year! Glad your Dad made it too, that's great.

Hi K, the gas was ok cos we brought one cylinder in to thaw then used that one and brought the other one in!! So we were able to keep cooking. We also have the microwave. The water's now on again too. Jim reckons it's the 'plague of frogs' next!!! lol.

Hi Heckety, I think lots of people had frozen water! We stayed off the road so didn't prang the car - sorry about yours.

We headed off today and came back again - the road was frozen solid! Wishing you a great 2010. I laughed about the Welsh rugby!