Happy Christmas !

Wintertime weather can seem to be a bit gloomy so it’s always good to bring some “cheer” into the house.  I like to keep things simple and easy, and aim to achieve the “effortless” effect !


On my mantelshelf  I’ve brought in some seasonal berries and flowers from the garden to create an informal arrangement – they are placed in a small inexpensive (£6) “studio” vase I bought recently from the Burford Garden Company.  The foliage includes Viburnum tinus (white flowers) Cotoneaster cornubia and horizontalis (red berries) Hedera helix ( ivy florets) and in the background, a bit blurred – but just visible are the scented pale pink flowers of Viburnum bodnantense Dawn.  It’s always worth thinking ahead for winter interest when planting in the garden.

Next to the vase is my favourite christmas card, received this year, it shows a rural Welsh scene ( Capel-y-ffin )  by Eric Ravilious, originally painted, as a watercolour, in 1935 – it is called “New Year Snow”.


I also found fallen to the ground a large twig which I brought indoors.  I put the Beech branchlet in a medium sized vase that I had to hand and filled it with horticultural gravel to hold it upright.  Then, I decorated it with heart and pine cone baubles, bought last year from Waitrose.  You too could easily create your own theme using anything you already have stashed or stored away.

The arrangement was then positioned on the hall table – and it now provides a welcome feature – acting as a starter to the main event – our traditional christmas tree waiting to be seen and viewed in the room beyond.

AND FINALLY – here’s a wondrous christmas carol  ( In Sweet Rejoicing ) although the exact macaronic meaning of the german and latin lyrics may pass me by – it matters not too much !


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