Friday, December 21, 2007

Tis the Season.....

I was invited to lunch at my lovely friend Helen's yesterday, where we would enjoy home cooked quiche in her delightful cottage in rural Somerset.
After the drive over in severe frost and fog, I was ready to relax, have lots of chats and get into the festive mood.
Before entering Helen's cosy kitchen, she explained that she had decided to invite some more guests and hoped I didn't mind....

Well this is the sight that greeted my eyes as we walked into the room. Helen's guests were a group of fuzzy vintage creatures, dancing in a circle around the tea light in the centre of the lunch table!!

So funny! But so adorable too! And very typical of Helen's sense of humour!

The party continued as we sat beside the toasty wood burner.....

and outside the window we watched this family of Long Tailed Tits having their lunch too...

until there was just one left, who seemed to be watching us!
I had such a wonderful time and didn't leave until dark. Helen kindly gave me these sweet smelling pink Hyacinth bulbs that are just coming into flower.

I have placed them inside an enamelware bowl in my kitchen - the perfect reminder of a lovely day.

Today I have been decorating our home for Christmas, including the tree, which I shall try to take some photos of tomorrow. The bauble wreath has been hung on the mirror in our living room and is the one that I made last year.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Niki x


  1. Just like a fairytale Niki.
    You have a good weekend as well.

  2. Hi Niki

    I can just picture Helen's face when she told you about the extra guests! What fun!

    Have a lovely weekend. We seem to be having a busy one, so I'll be glad to slow down next week!

    Sue xx

  3. What a perfect day out, I love the pictures. Have a lovely Christmas, and a peaceful new year.
    Gill x

  4. Anonymous11:29 am

    What lovely pictures Niki, and what a sweet surprise those little animals were! Sounds like a perfectly lovely, relaxing day. What beautiful hyacinths too and I love your wreath, such pretty colours. Jackie Mx

  5. Anonymous12:22 pm

    Love those little woollen creatures, especially the birds what a novel way of using them your friend has. Well I've just crossed one thing off my list - the food shopping. The house is now bulging at the seams and we're "locked in" for Christmas. Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year.
    Willow House

  6. how lovely to spend such a nice day with a friend, and to bring home a lovely gift to remind you of her every time you smell the scent. love the blog, the house looks beautiful, will try and peek at your blog as often as time allows.


  7. It sounds like you had a beautiful, festive time! Those little creatures on the table are darling. And I love the enamel container you put your bulbs into!

    Are those sweet little titmice at the feeder? Our's have little crests on their heads, but their coloring is very similar. Can't wait to see your tree!!!

  8. Hi Niki

    It looks like you had a lovely time at Helen's - especially with the extra company!

    Clare x

  9. What a lovely afternoon! Happy holidays to you and yours, Niki. xo

  10. Hi Niki, hey, I can hear that Twilight Zone music in the background now - I hope the other fact you don't share is the toenails! Have a great Christmas and thanks for visiting my blog this year.
    Lucy x

  11. Hi Niki, as always an interesting and beautiful post, I wanted to wish you a Happy Christmas, have a wonderful time
    Hugs Lynn xx

  12. hello,what a wonderful post.You have a wonderful decorated house for Christmas,
    I wish you and your family a
    wonderful Christmas and a Happy
    New Year.

  13. Awe how cosy! And I love the birdie pics!

  14. What wonderful little pom pom birds. Thanks for sharing.


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Niki xx