Saturday, December 22, 2007

A Very Merry Christmas to You All!

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a Peaceful and Happy New Year! It's certainly looking very festive here and as soon as we'd finished putting our decorations up I grabbed the camera and snapped some seasonal photos to share with you.

Evening approaches and the lights twinkle softly...

...draw a chair up to the fire where we will sit and reminisce awhile ... yourself to a tasty treat!

It has also been looking very seasonal outside. Alas, we have had no snow but the heavy frosts have been the next best thing! Here is a recent spectacular sunrise... neighbour's frosty mailbox - yes, it is situated down a leafy lane in the English countryside!

Thank you all for your wonderful and entertaining blogs. We each have very busy lives and it is just brilliant that we take the time to share the moments of our lives throughout the year. Have a wonderful time wherever you are in the world!


  1. A VERY Merry Christmas to you too Clare! I hope that you both have a wonderful time over the festive holiday in your delightful cottage - that looks even more comfy/cosy than usual, with all the pretty decorations! I've just helped myself to a chocolate coin - hope that's OK!

    Wishing you happiness, good health and wealth in 2008 - hope it is a great year for you!
    Love Niki x

  2. Very beautiful photos Clare. Your home looks stunning! I hope you and Mike have a wonderful Xmas and a very Happy New Year xxx

  3. It all looks so cosy and homey, I wish winter was back here again *sigh*

  4. Thank you very much for your nice wishes and these wonderful pictures. For 2008, only but happiness to you and your family. It's with a lot of pleasure that I'll come back to visit your blog. Best wishes from Belgium.

  5. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas Clare! Your home looks gorgeous as always. I always love popping over for a visit. Wishing you all good things for the New Year.

  6. Oooooooh Clare it all looks so beautiful.
    I can almost hear the wine being poured and chinking of the glases.... and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours too.

    Thank you so much for the Xmas Card too, this first blogging year of mine has been so fab and only made more wonderful by knowing girls like you and Niki.

    Merry Christmas from me and mine.
    Best wishes Ginny x

  7. Oooh I think the wine has been flowing too freely ...... that was glasses in the last comment.


    Ginny x

  8. Merry Christmas too you as well !

    Your mantle peice and woodburner looks beautiful .... ~ Julia x

  9. Merry Christmas!! and Best Wishes to you too,your home looks delightful, Annie x

  10. Hi Clare

    How warm and cosy it looks. Our tree should be decorated tomorrow with luck. (I might even manage the odd photo!)

    Lovely to see you both the other day, and once again wishing you a jolly Christmas and a fantastic 2008.

    Sue xx

  11. Clare, I just love your blog & especially this one with all the gorgeous pics of your cozy cottage dressed in its Christmas finery. I have a fantasy of living in the English countryside down a country lane. Looking at yours is the next-best thing. Just one question. Why does your neighbor's mail box have USA on it? :)
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy & Healthy 2008!

  12. Merry Christmas to you Clare! Everything looks so beautiful.Your home is a gorgeous sanctuary.


  13. Your house looks wonderful Clare. Wishing you a very happy Christmas and success and happiness for 2008.

  14. Your Christmas Home looks so Lovely and Inviting!! OH, I wish I had a Fire place like that :))

    I Just Wanted to stop by, leave you a message too.
    Yours made me so happy. I really love your blog too, and I am going to follow you into your new year filled with new challenges and experiences.

    I am so happy to have learned to know you. Thank you for your friendship Clare!


    Kiss and Love from,

  15. Hi Clare,
    Your home looks just picture-book perfect and cosy. I have that same red angel on my tree! Now I'm wondering what random facts you share with me - Niki shares 5 of them too!
    Have a wonderful Christmas and the very best that 2008 can bring!
    Lucy x

  16. Your cottage looks so cosy with all the decorations and I love your decorated fireplace. Merry Christmas to you and Mike and lets hope everyone decides to buy even more vintage items in 2008!

  17. Merry Christmas to you :)

  18. I've just been browsing through your blog and I love your colourful flowery armchair and also your mystery ladies! I'd love to tell you that I recognised one of them, but unfortunately, that's not the case!
    Merry Christmas and happy Blogging for 2008.

  19. Hi Clare,

    Your Christmas home looks so lovely and cosy, the sun is shining away here - the complete opposite ha!
    Have a lovely Christmas
    Debra x

  20. Wishing you a lovely Christmas in England, dear Clare! I hope you have a delightful time in your cottage, it all looks so welcoming and warm.

    May 2008 be a year full of blessings.

    xo Lidy

  21. Merry Christmas Clare!

    you house looks so festive. gorgeous pictures.

    Have a happy New Year too!

  22. Lovely inviting photos of your Christmas home , have a verry merry Xmas..
    Ragrds Kath x

  23. The house looks wonderful Clare, I wish you a very Happy Christmas and have a lovely time!


  24. Dear Clare,
    unfortunately I haven't had time to visit vour blog the last few weeks, but I hope, next year it is getting better.
    I wish you a wonderful christmas and all the best for the New Year!
    Kind regards from Germany, Monika

  25. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones Clare! Your home is so inviting.

    I'm so very glad to have met you in the blogosphere. Hugs and love.

  26. A very merry happy Christmas to you and your family, too, dear Clare! And all my best wishes for a good, healthy and creative new Year!

    I really enjoyed looking at the picutures of your festive home. Yes indeed, it looks so Christmassy!

    Warm wishes from Germany,

  27. Lovely pictures!
    It's Christmas Day here in Canada, the sky is grey, and the sun is hiding behind the clouds. It's cold and there are remnants of last weeks snowstorm still on the ground, making it a rather muddy white Christmas. But it's a lovely day, and I wish you and your family all the best, and may 2008 be a good year for you.

  28. Merry Christmas to you, Clare! I am glad to have stopped by for visit! Looking rather cold outside, but your home is as warm and cozy as can be! Have a lovely day!


  29. Beautiful pictures Clare. Hope you had a lovely Christmas.

  30. Hello Clare, just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and the Best New Year ever. Its been a while since I visited but I love your warm and cozy Christmas wishes. Looking forward to more in the coming year.

  31. I hope you had a beautiful Christmas, Clare! And I hope you have a wonderful and joyous New Year! Your home looks lovely (and I love that your neighbor has a U.S. mailbox)! =)

  32. Hope you had a blessed Christmas!! Wishing you and yours a happy and prosperous 2008!!!

  33. Thank you Clare for popping over to my blog, and I hope you too had a lovely Xmas..
    I have spent a while looking through your blog and it it indeed a pleasure to the eyes, loved the build up to the studio, it looks fab...
    My Hubby built me a studio last year , although at the moment it is full of my daughter'Get them later Mum' stuff, it needs a paintbrush and a few finishing touches before I will be ready to use it,but I would like to tell you that you have inspired me today Clare, thanks for that.

  34. very wonderful photos,your home looks
    very,very festive.
    i wish you all the best for the next year.

  35. I hope you had a great christmas.

    Thanks for sharing such lovely photos.

    Racheal x

  36. Beautiful pictures, I hope you have a super New year
    Suzie Sews

  37. What an absolutely lovely, English home you have. I do so want to see more of it.