Monday, 15 December 2014

Thinking of Christmas

 Our Christmas tree is up and decorated and, at the moment, it is still standing!

We visited a Christmas tree festival this weekend and admired the fantastic decorated trees. The 60 trees are decorated by local groups, each one different and unique. The decorations created by children were so special, but the one that touched me was the white one in the middle of the second picture. It was created by a local day centre for the elderly and featured one of the clients memories of walking holidays in Austria before the War. It featured the Austrian flag. edelweiss and black and white photographs of those visits.

Meanwhile, in a neighbouring village these cheerful characters are looking for a welcome home!

We have bought Tavi a coat. It somehow reminds me of Sherlock Homes, while my husband remarked it looked like one of the kilts my mother used to wear! 

On our travels this week we passed the Sidmouth Donkey Santuary. We just had to pop into see the donkeys. One donkey in particular was very keen to say hello to Tavi - after this he was quite reluctant to come home!

The Donkey Santuary were preparing for their annual candlelight carol service, unfortunately due to other commitments we couldn't stay. All the paths were lined with tealights, it must have been a magical moment and one that we hope to participate in next year. Ann from Studiohyde was there see her post here.

In the garden we have our first flower in bloom. In our previous home our camillia never made an appearance until February. Are you also noticing flowers appearing earlier than usual?

We have suffered with high winds this week, but have had also had some beautiful cold and clear mornings. Walking down to pick up a paper on Saturday morning the light was fantastic and the colours sublime. The moon was still out too!

 Hope your Christmas preparations are going well  wishing you a happy week. Thank you as always for all the comments you leave.
Sarah x

Monday, 8 December 2014

Following the footsteps in the sand

How would you like to follow the footsteps or paw marks in the sand?

 Just make sure that you have bought your wellington boots with you!

Otherwise you might end up with wet feet.Some of the waves are quite strong ....

  Watch out!

  Maybe we should take the coast path on the return journey and admire the waves from a distance.

 We might also spot a peregrine falcon if we are lucky!

   Tavi's first visit to the beach was more tame. He wasn't too sure of the waves and thought the pebbles were safer and much more interesting!

  Being on solid ground with a good look out is much better!

The strange items just in reach are much more fun to play with than toys!

 In a more serious moment....

Wishing you a happy week!
Sarah x

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Butchers, bakers and bookshops.

The last few weeks have flown by and Christmas seems to be fast approaching! I missed "Stir up Sunday" by 8 days and only made my Christmas pudding last night using my Mother in law's recipe see here.

This Saturday 8th December is "Support Small Business Day".  I have always been passionate about buying local and particularly at this time of year I seek out the unique shops. This slogan for me says it all.

We are lucky with our closest town of Bridport being full of independent retailers, reminding me of how high streets used to look in long forgotten Christmas's of the past. Not only are the shops in Bridport unique, but some of them have some great names too .....

Books are always at the top of my Christmas list and there are four bookshops to lose myself in!

So no guesses where I will be this Saturday. Is your High Street a clone of so many other towns or do you have some hidden gems like me?

Sarah x

Monday, 24 November 2014

A frosty start

We awoke to the first frost this morning. As I walked past some of the neighbours scraping their car windscreens before their journeys into work. I was so glad to have a few days off and could admire the scenery in all its glory instead!

Living by the sea the frost was not too heavy but it still gave the mobile homes - now mainly empty a white coating.

Sunrise is always one of my favourite times of the day ......

 and watching the sun rise over our old home town of Weymouth in the distance, was a moment to savour.

There was a thin line of mist as the warmer water flowing out from the harbour met the colder sea water.

 and the hummocks of grass captured the colour of the sun.

Thank you for all the lovely comments welcoming Tavi.  He had his second injections today, so we have another week before he can joining us for short walks and meeting other dogs. Tavi is keeping us amused in the house and garden with his cheeky antics. Some of this favourite toys are those he has captured from elsewhere in the house ......

He has looking with interest at the bottom shelf of this bookcase this morning, I'm not sure how much longer the items will remain here!

  Until next time.

Sarah x
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