Ah those crazy last couple of days before Christmas

December 22, 2015

And everything is pretty well organised and fine πŸ˜€

I know the last couple days before Christmas can be somewhat of a nightmare, but the only nightmare round here is the wind!

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This morning I woke up at 4am from a nightmare where I was in the middle of WWIII. Then I realised that I left my window open for some fresh air and it was the wind howling so loudly. So I closed the door and went back to sleep. In the morning on my FB, my friend Jill had the same though “when will this wind die down?”

I popped into town yesterday for a couple forgotten things and came across the owl sanctuary canvassing for donations, and who can resist when they have a couple resident owls with them.

The one on the left is, of course, a barn owl, and the one on the right is a little owl. I know I’ve painted little owls before, but it’s something seeing one so up close and personal. It’s a tiny little thing. And look at those amazing eyes! πŸ˜€

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Today we finally baked our Christmas cake. I know! Each year we strive for a much earlier Christmas cake baking, but somehow never get around to it. It’s all good though, we love our Christmas cakes and aren’t too into that whole must let it rest and soak up as much brandy/cognac/whisky as possible thing.

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Today I also got around to painting something on the sawn-off bottom of our Christmas tree. I love doing that, and I love any reason to get out my oil paints.

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This year I painted a little robin, all puffed out against the cold.

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And then, because I pilfered a few more ends at the Christmas barn and because I had a little more time before supper, I started a red squirrel. Not quite finished but happily on the way.

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I hope your days aren’t too stressed and hope everything’s fairly organised in your world.

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7 Comments

  • Reply Patty/NS December 22, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Beautiful owls! Love your tree cutoffs paintings. Can you provide your Christmas fruitcake recipe? It looks good from the dried fruit mix shot.

  • Reply Debra She Who Seeks December 22, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Yeah, it’s no problem to make Christmas cake without a long pre-soak. Just drink the booze on the side when you eat the cake! No problemo!

  • Reply rie Smith December 22, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    The owls are beautiful as is your robin. Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Jo December 22, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Oh the owls are so wonderful – as are your paintings. Clever idea to paint on the rounds from the christmas tree. Your robin is so different from what we are used to – I think they are the dearest little things. We serve our plum pudding on Christmas eve – can’t wait.
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  • Reply joanne December 22, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    I just love that fluffy Robin! My absolute favourite bird. (I know you shouldn’t have favourites, but…) hope you have a lovely Christmas dear! xx
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  • Reply daryledelstein December 23, 2015 at 4:57 am

    eons ago i worked with a charming woman from Jamaica … every year she’d bring in a Christmas cake .. even the tiniest thinst sliver could get your drunk in one bite .. they soak their fruit for a full year in 100 proof rum … oh my golly it was amazing …

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm December 25, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    V, such wonderful images. I just love the one of the cake mix. Christmas cake is a favourite of mine. Love the robin on the piece of wood .. Beautiful. Hugs

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