Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas in Somerset

We had a great Christmas with Ben's parents. We decorated on Christmas Eve, which you probably know is a tradition we've carried on in our own home too. It really makes for such a special Christmas season. The vintage glass bauble above was my downfall this year. Ben's mum was just telling us how she'd kept the tree very tasteful in white and gold over the last few years when I found this bright pink bauble and several of its matching fellows in her box. Isn't it supposted to be the children who spoil the colour-scheme on a Christmas tree? Anyway, no one minded, and I found several wonderful decorations from my MIL's wartime childhood.Ben and I gave his mum these hand painted babules years ago. (We didn't paint them!)
Over the years Ben's mum has made a number of lovely Christmas garlands, which she described as, 'very dated now, of course'... I hastened to reassure her!
We had these super-drippy candles on the table for our delicious Christmas meal.On Boxing Day Son 2 cooked - it was his Christmas present for his dad. Awwww.So yesterday I flew up, from to
I've joined my parents in Edinburgh, following their romantic, cosy and well-fed Christmas for Two! It's good to be here with them. My mum is frail but cheerful, and so glad of this blog, and for all you friendly bloggers!
Tomorrow Ben is bringing the boys up on the train - no excess carbon footprints for his sons! Of course they love a good train ride, so no one is complaining! It will be so good to celebrate the New Year together.


TheMadHouse said...

Floss, I so love that heart garland, on to my list for inspiration for next year!! I also love the idea of cooking for Daddy, again that one is stored away for suture.

I hope you have a wonderful time with your mum and dad and that you have a fantastic New Year or should that be Hogmanay!!

Everyone loved the photo pouches, they took minutes to wip up and made the postcards such a delight. As my friend said tonight (when I gave her her with just 4 photo's in) it means she can keep them in her bag without damaging them to show people.

bekimarie said...

I made a hanging heart garland and forgot to hang it lol.
Hope you have a wonderful time with your parents and a very happy new year.
Beki xxx

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Enjoy your time with the family!

Josie-Mary said...

Thanks for your comment. I love the decorations, I've never had a colour scheme I just love getting out all the old favourites each year. Have a lovely time at your parents, happy new year :) x

Sarah said...

Oh I like colour on a tree so I'm with you with the baubles. I love that menu!! So cute and very thoughtful. I hope you enjoy your time in Scotland with your parents. I'm sure the boys will love the train ride more than a plane ride anyway. Enjoy your holiday!

BusyLizzie said...

Glad to hear you have had a good Christmas with your family. Lizzie x

susan said...

I now know what bienvenue means. Please pop over with a cup of tea and a big comfy chair and read all about the adventures from Brympton Towers Somerset.
Take care Susanxx

Michela said...

Many many greetings to your dear mum!!!
Have a great time and a very happy New Year!

P.S.they stuff fruits with marzipan in Southern Italy, not up North! ;-)

Lululiz said...

Ahhh, what a cosy family Christmas. I love the heart garland as well, I am glad you reassured her that it is totally NOW. Have a wonderful time in Scotland with all your family. I wish all of you a safe, healthy and happy New Year.

bad penny said...

lovely decorations Floss .

Hubby daughter & son were to fly to Scotland on the 2nd to see his family & collect a car & drive back ( long story ) but we've realised with horror the passport saga continues ...and the childrens' have expired !!! so it's hubby alone who is going now !

We are doing Hogmanay celebrations here ... hope you have a wonderful time in Scotland xx

bad penny said...

...Floss - hubby looked up Ryan Air rules which insist on passports even for UK citizens - did you not use yours ? We've alays had to show ours when flying to Scotland ! I told him to take the expired ones & blag it !

VintageVicki said...

Another vote for heart garlands are never dated :)

Sounds like you had a good christmas - have a great New Year in Scotland.

Sarah said...

Hi Floss
Sounds like a wonderful time - enjoy New Year!

Serenata said...

How lovely to have been able to spend Christmas with both sets of family! I hope you all get to Scotland safely and you have a wonderful time with your Mum and Dad.

The decorations all look really lovely, and I especially like the heart garland! Dated indeed!