Wednesday, 23 December 2015

It's beginning to look a bit like



A perfect dawn.
Time to see off this beastly bug for good.
The leaking coolant pipe in the car has been fixed
(yes that was the third thing),
the meat has been collected,
the veg box delivered,


the cake has been iced,



the Advent windows admired,


cards and twinkly lights,



are disposed about the house.
O. has made a huge batch of seething sourdough


and I have cracked open


the Quality Street.

Interesting how much smaller the old tins were.



And finally the orange pastry recipe for mince pies
from my  'well used' Josceline Dimblebey book.
I hope you can read it Frances.

25 comments:

  1. I like the picture behind your cards. Is is a Paul Nash?

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    1. No it's an Ivon Hitchens. I found it in a junk shop.

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    1. And a Merry Christmas to you too.x

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  3. Your windows are wonderful! May all go well over Christmas (I don't believe that thing about things coming in threes - we are at five so far....)

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    1. You are too right the cooker has just blown again...Hope yours stop at five.

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  4. Ooh, orange pastry, that sounds absolutely delicious. What gorgeous photos, it's all looking scrumptiously cosy with you. I hope you and yours have a very happy Christmas. CJ xx

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    1. Thank you and a Happy Christmas to you too.

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  5. Glad all your problems have been resolved. Have yourself a merry little Christmas - your blog is always a joy - love your tongue in cheek humour.

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    1. Well it's been a little whingey of late but thank you. I will buck up soon.

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    2. No need to buck up at all; you are always most entertainingly whingey when you are whingey. If. It is the only way.

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  6. I have the beastly bug now. So unfair. Hope you have a stress-free Christmas, with a cooker that works! See you in 2016, bloggily speaking.

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    1. That is just awful. I'm so sorry. I do hope it is a briefer version. I have had to avoid grand daughter for the duration but hope I am past being contagious as they are coming to us at Christmas too.

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  7. Have a wonderful Christmas Lucille; one where everything works or it doesn't matter if it doesn't work. Sam x

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    1. Thank you. Fingers crossed, all the things are working at present. You will be spared no detail if they fail subsequently.

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  8. " ...and they taste perfect . "
    And indeed it all will and everyone will have a wonderful time .

    A Very Merry Christmas to you all !

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    1. They do taste pretty good.I didn't make enough mincemeat this year. A Merry Christmas back at you.

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  9. Wishing you a Merry Christmas. Hope the seething sourdough sustains you well xo

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    1. Five very large loaves although they did overflow their tins quite spectacularly. Slight problem with freezer space, but no doubt we will overcome this.

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  10. Lucille, this post is so full of beautiful images...I'm looking at it while listening to the Lessons and Carols service from King's College. Feeling very full of Christmas spirit here.

    Thank you for the orange pastry recipe, which I can surely read. And thank you for all your marvelous posts. Hope to see you in the New Year. xo

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  11. That all sounds and looks LOVELY! Happy Christmas, dear Lucille (is that really your name, I wonder?)

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    1. Yes Pam, it's really my name. I wasn't savvy enough when I started this lark to give myself a pseudonym. I once had Jonathan Ross sing the song of the same name down the phone to me on his radio show. I was nearly Minette, but luckily, given my eventual small stature, was spared the likely nickname.

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  12. I remeber when Quality Street were made by Mackintosh's. People have been saying how small the tins are currently, but you say differently, that is interesting.

    I see that you have one of Frances's teacup cards, they are pretty.

    I hope the bug has truly gone and that you are enjoying your day. Merry Christmas!

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  13. It sounds like all's well that ends well :). Love the line from that recipe book to try and alleviate any last minute panic...........

    Hope it was a good one.

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