Saturday, 26 December 2009

Christmas 2009

Hello my friends and Merry Christmas to you all. I'm sorry I didn't manage to post in advance of Christmas but there was such a lot to do. There was the wrapping of presents assisted by my little elf...




And I remembered that I had crocheted quite a lot of snowflakes which were meant to be made into a garland but which were only just being blocked on Christmas Eve. There's always next year!




There was so much to do on Christmas Eve including icing the cake, once I had been to two supermarkets to find the required gycerine!





I must tell you that my first patchwork quilt was ready in time for Christmas, too. I finished sewing all 32' of the binding on the 23rd December. I am really pleased with it.






As is Charlie Boy, of course, though not in the mood for a modelling session it seems.






But finally, the scene was set. The presents were ready under the tree...





...so we headed out to join in the fun and I remembered to take the camera to snap one of my favourite fun local Christmassy sights on the way. Behold, the "house with the Christmas lights"...




Goodness knows how long it takes the owners to put up this display but I always enjoy seeing it when I drive past.






A collection box is put out so that people who stop and enjoy the display can contribute to a cancer charity. Nearly £2000 was raised last year.




We enjoyed a lovely Christingle service and sang the Christmas carols with gusto! The Munchkin received his Christingle and enjoyed looking at the Nativity scene in the beautiful church.





The Muchkin was exceptionally tired, I think all the excitement had finally got to him. I think he also thought that the sooner he went to bed, the sooner he'd be getting up! He didn't forget to make sure any late night visitors were catered for, though.





And, of course, like all good children, he was not disappointed next morning!





I received some wonderful presents, particularly from my thoughtful other half who had been up to mischief liaising with a certain lady, that purveyor of marvellous vintage fabrics and goodies, Donna Flower. As he warned me on the gift tag for my most marvellous present, this was unlikely to be a gift which remained just for me!

How right he was!




We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and I really hope you all did too. It has been a pleasure knowing you all this year, especially those of you who have been prepared to come forward and comment and create a friendship between us, I really appreciate it. Now I'm signing off for a much needed break so I shall say cheerio to you all for 2009!

43 comments:

  1. I hope you had a very enjoyable Christmas and Father Christmas bought you nice gifts which looks like he did. I love that quilt you made it is absolutly wonderful

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  2. So enjoy reading your blog. I am a quilter and I have never made a one patch quilt, but you have inspired me. I just ordered some beautiful fabric that I will use in my one patch quilt in 2010. Happy New year and many blessings to you and your family.

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  3. Sounds like you had a really special day and the Munchkin looks so happy.

    I love your quilt.

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  4. Merry Christmas Hen. Some lovely photo's there, I think Munchkins face says it all! Hope you have relaxing break, happy new year :) x

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  5. Looks like a really happy family Christmas at the Hen House.Hope you enjoy the rest of the holidays.Looking forward to more lovely posts next year!

    Bellaboo

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  6. great pics andyour quilt looks lovely no wonder you are pleased!

    xxx

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  7. It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas day. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy ytour break.

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  8. Good to see you and the family had a lovely Christmas. I found blogs this year and after much reading but never commenting I got the courage to make my own. This is all down to yu and your wonderful blog and others like Mary Poppins and not to forget Sal and her snippets, so inspiring that my sister has joined the fun. So their are lots of shy people that read and love your blog who might one day get the courage and on my part over come the fear of the computer and join in. Happy Holidays. Aunt Bee

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  9. Your patchwork quilt is beautiful. Reminds me of the pretty ones my grandmother made for each of us growing up. As always a pleasure to come visit with you.

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  10. What a lovely run up to Christmas you all had. I look forward to reading your blog in 2010,
    Love
    Lyn
    xxx

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  11. Thank you for sharing your day with us. What a gorgeous plump eiderdown that is that you get to share with Charlie boy!! And I'm really impressed with your quilt. Golly, you're a hard worker. Season's Greetings to you all :)

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  12. Oh I remember Christingle services!!

    Glad you had a fabulous Christmas, enjoy the rest of 2009 and I look forward to seeing more of you in 2010

    Victoria xx

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  13. Hi Hen

    So, you got the eiderdown in the end!!!!! How lovely!

    Glad you had such a lovely time.

    Happy New Year to you all ...

    Sue x

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  14. It has been lovely following you as you move from the city to the country. I have really enjoyed it. Happy New Year to you and your family.
    Cheers
    Helen

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  15. Merry Christmas from a new friend way over here in Perth, Western Australia.
    I've only recently found your lovely blog and look forward to some post-Chrissie peace and quiet so I canLokik back through older posts.
    I recall one or two white Christmases as a girl, living in beautiful Norwich in the 60s!

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  16. Just look at all those lights. Great decorating job. Looks like you had a wonderful day, filling with the Christmas spirit of a child. What could get any better.

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  17. Hello Hen - wishing you and your family a very special Christmas time (which looking at your photo's you seem to be having!)Everything looks amazing, so glad everyone had a good time - little Munchkin certainly is; Christingle is a lovely thing for children isn't it? My daughter used to love going. I can't believe you somehow were able to finish that gorgeous quilt at this busy busy time of year - that is some achievement in itself! It looks absolutely stunning Hen and it will be with you for years and years looking beautiful and keeping you toasty. Well done for making such an amazing quilt so quickly - and your first one too, I am in awe! Love the eiderdown Charlie got for Christmas - if you're good you might even be allowed to share it! It's been lovely being able to visit such a vibrant, colourful and entertaining place throughout the year. You have shared some wonderful things with us all and your enthusiasm and mega out-put is truly inspirational and absorbing. Many thanks for letting us in!
    Siobhan

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  18. What lovely photos hen... I am glad that you have had a wonderful Christmas with your family. I wish you and your family a wonderful and safe start to 2010, plus lots of love and laughter.

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  19. I have just discovered your blog, am really enjoying reading the past posts and I look forward to getting to know you better in 2010. The picture of your son with his presents is wonderful, I have a son a similar age, and I love the magic of Christmas. Happy New Year

    Kathryn x

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  20. Some offer an array of lights in the night, others and array of lasting color. Both satisfy the soul. Thanks, Hen, for thinking of us and sharing all your wonderful Christmas photos. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each of you. Margo K of VA

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  21. Dear Hen,

    I follow your blog religiously, it makes me feel so good to read about your family and how you make them so happy...

    Have a wonderful 2010!
    Marilu adrea2000@comcast.net

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  22. Wow...loving the quilt! Happy Christmas! I hope you all enjoyed yourselves! Looking forward to catching up in the New Year! xxx

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  23. Glad you had a great christmas,we're off to the big smoke tomorrow for a couple of days (wish me luck with the tube pushers!!) will be popping back in the new year x

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  24. Hen, I look forward to reading your Blog and staying up on all the wonderful things you make. I moved in October and today I found something that I think you would like in a box I was unpacking. Can you e-mail me your address? My e-mail is judyk2310@sbcglobal.net I make have to be anonyous as I can't sign in to Blogger from my home computer. Thanks JudyK

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  25. Love your pretty Christmas cake and the neighborhood lights!!

    Thanks for all your fantastic posts this year, I've loved following your blog, can't wait to see what's to come!!

    Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2010!!

    Mrs. Cozy Home

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  26. I'm glad you had a wonderful christmas! I'm already a little sad that it's over...wish I could change this or that...

    Love your quilt! :)

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  27. I found your blog this year and as a Dorset dweller enjoy all your Bridport posts especially, a truly wonderful little town that has changed little in the 60 years I have known it. Love that quilt and has given me inspiration to do a single patch. Soon be car boot season again Hen! All the best for 2010 to you all.

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  28. that garland will be gorgeous for next year. xxx

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  29. HI Hen,
    My name is Carole and i live in Rossendale, Lancashire. I regularly read your blogs, a link from Lucy @ attic24. I love your blogs and find them inspiring. I too love Cath Kidston products , just everything!
    Hope you have a good New Year & keep inspiring in 2010
    Love Carole from Rossendale xxx

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  30. hat a lovely Christmas post, loving the crochet, those snow flakes are adorable. Your home looks lovely and warm with just the right amount of cosy. (Beautiful light in your bedroom) As a Mom of boys it was nice to see your child's smiles on Christmas morning. All the best for 2010

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  31. So glad you liked your eiderdown. What a lovely man Mr HH is. Top brownie points to him I say!

    Looking forward to seeing what you do with the fat quarters :-)

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  32. That is not a Henhouse..that is the house of love,joy and happiness!!!
    Wishing you all a fabulous, pinkish (..and a bit of turquoise, of course) 2010!!!!

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  33. Hi, I hope you had wonderful christmas, the lights on the houses are amazing! and your room looks so cozy... Happy New Year

    Priscilla x

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  34. Merry Christmas to you and yours, what a lovely time it looks like you had! And beautifully recounted as always.
    Love,
    Ali
    x

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  35. A late Merry Christmas! Wishing you a new year filled with happiness!

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  36. What a lovely festive Christmas Hen....Lovely quilt.....
    Have a good break!xxx

    Happy NY!!XXX

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  37. Hi Hen - your blog makes me smile and I have loved reading it through 2009. You have been of great inspiration to me. I look forward to reading your woonderful blog in 2010! All the very best in the New Year to you and yours! Kate xxx

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  38. Glad you had a good Christmas!!
    Happy New Year to you and your lovely family!!!

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  39. Happy New Year Hen to you and your lovely family. I have so enjoyed reading your blog over the last year, yours was one of the first I discovered and it is still a real favourite read. Your quilt is absolutely beautiful, I am in awe of your skill and patience. It really is an heirloom of the future. I have never thought about trying patchwork before but after reading your blog over the last few months I feel inspired to perhaps give it a go. Love your eiderdown pressie it is very pretty. The little polka dots are so sweet, I have a few myself and my favourite also has polka dots in the background.
    Ann x

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  40. Wishing you a wonderful 2010, Hen!!! (that kinda rhymes!)

    Rachaelxo

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  41. Happy Happy New Year to you Hen!

    Munchkin looks so joyous and Christmassy in your pics! Mr. HH was a champion too! lovely presy, Mr.Down the Lane did well too! arent we lucky to have such lovely boys?

    Looking forward to reading more HH exploits in 2010!

    Love Sarah x

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  42. Hello Hen,
    thought i might start my tentative tippy-toeing back into blogland, by calling by and saying happy new year!I imagine you're probably snow bound as I type this, at the cottage maybe? We're getting our fair share of snow here!No milk in the shops!!!!
    What a gorgeous gift from your other half! Now that's what I call a very diligent gift giver!Loving the house lit up, love that sort of thing. Hope you're well?
    Love Vanessa xxx (do you mind if i knit)

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  43. wow your quilt came out beautiful. That's one of the (MANY!) things I hope to make this year. Lovely blog too. Looking forward to coming back. Happy New Year M x

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