Whirlwind days

December 23, 2013

christmas fantasy

I’m sure we’re all feeling much of the same sameness, aren’t we? ‘Tis the time for Christmas magic, visiting good friends, running around like crazy trying to get everything done and fitting in the unexpected.

Us? We’re baking a giant Christmas cake this evening and will continue baking it to about 10pm. (I know, what are we like?)

Yesterday was a glorious day. The sun was mostly shining and we were invited to friends for lunch and supper.
We left a little past 11am and returned a little past 11pm. (Theo was not impressed with us)


We visited Catherine, bringing prezzies and hugs. We played with the beautiful Jet in the sunroom and coaxed Sable down from the linen closet. We chatted and hugged and had a lovely time, and said our goodbyes and drove to Geoff and Dawnie’s to see Geoff’s wonderful car collection, Dawnie’s stunning horse Murphy and have the loveliest supper with them. Dawnie had just come back from riding Murphy at Windsor Castle in the Windsor Great Park by special permission. That must have been something special; riding your horse in the Queen’s back yard.


Today we’ve had several power cuts. The weather had been Wagnerian to say the least, with heavy rain and fierce trees-down winds. Robert’s childhood friends lost their mother and her funeral was today. So we drove the 35 miles to a beautiful little village with a beautiful little stone church which shook and rattled in the wind and supported our friends and their family in their grief. After the service we followed the pallbearers up the hill and into the grave yard watched them lay their mother to rest.

The vicar’s words resonated with me, “Farewell, dear Voyageur – ’twill not be long.
Your work is done – now may peace rest with thee.”

Linking with Mary at the Little Red House and wishing everyone a tranquil last couple of days before a magical Christmas. 😀

Merry Christmas everyone!
A museum afternoon

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  • Reply Anita Levesque December 23, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Love your post and pics. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely Christmas.

  • Reply Sabra Bowers December 23, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Merry Christmas, Veronica.

  • Reply ebbandflo (@pomomama) December 24, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Keep posting the Christmas pics as I feel so disorganised here that I’m living the season vicariously thru your posts!

  • Reply Poppy December 24, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Hi Veronica,

    Well, it’s Christmas Eve, here on the island, and I’ve been on the phone with Toronto all day, worried about my daughter, Liberty, and my sister and her family, as they were one out of half a million households that have been without power for the past 2 days due to the ice storm!! I’m sure you’ve heard. It’s going to be -14 C tonight, and the mayor declared that he cannot guarantee that power will be restored for Christmas. Praying for them, and REALLY wishing they were here, or I was THERE, ice storm, darkness, etc., as long as we could have been together.

    The storm has hit England; hoping you are okay. Your home looks mighty cozy, quiet and warm. Glad you and Robert had a fun day celebrating his birthday at the museums, sound like a lot of fun.

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!


  • Reply Daryl December 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    a far more interesting time was hard by you than by me … last minute shopping and eating way too many cookies .. merry christmas

  • Reply eileen December 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    The holiday season does seem busy and arrives quickly. Enjoy! Lovely images and a cute kitty.
    Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas!

  • Reply Lavender Dreams December 24, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    It’s a sad time to lose a loved one but I know you were glad to be there to comfort and support the family. Merry Christmas my friend! Holiday hugs from Florida, Diane

  • Reply Shirley @ The Gardening Life December 26, 2013 at 8:03 am

    I am sorry to hear of your loss but grateful you found some comfort in the words of the vicar. Wishing you a peaceful Christmas season and a new year of hope, laughter and joy.

    • Reply Veronica December 26, 2013 at 8:17 am

      Thank you so much Shirley, I think the family will get thru this tough time and will be ok. 🙂

  • Reply vastlycurious.com December 28, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Love your 12 hour story V !

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