Saturday, 25 December 2010

Blimey it's Christmas Already

Thank you to everyone who said such nice things in the comments of my last post (and please forgive my not replying to you all individually in my usual manner). I expect I shall wear the dress that calls to me the loudest.

It's nearly one o'clock on Christmas morning here and I've only just sat down, I've been buzzing all day. The upshot of this is I'll have bugger all to do after this time of the bed: shove things in oven, open and delight in gifts, eat. That's my kind of day.

After wracking my brains over how to make the house look at least a bit Christmasy without space for a tree I dashed out to Flowers By Fiona, our local florist for inspiration,

and bought some floral things around which to stack the presents.

This didn't seem quite enough so I dragged some holly and ivy in from the garden and generally

scattered baubles

and greenery around.

I even found a spot for our faithful old star.

Still, the lack of a tree bothered. Christmas without a tree feels odd. Then I got an idea and I think this idea came to me because I know you, you've all shared so many ideas over the year, so thank you once more.

The Shields 2010 Christmas tree.

Do hope you all have a marvellous Christmas, XXXXXXX


angryparsnip said...

Love Love Love what you have done ! so festive... So lovely ! I have Holly envy !

I have loved sharing your week.

It looks like Santa already came to your Home.
I use the NORAD tracks Santa on my computer ( I'm such a kid) and I saw when he was in London. Right now he is in New York so I'm off to bed. Just finished making the Cinnamon Rolls for Christmas morning.

From the very warm Tucson Desert...
A very Merry Merry Christmas to you and your family.

cheers, parsnip

Kim Ayres said...

I think that's one of the best Christmas trees I've seen in a long time :)

Hope you have a great day :)

Rachel Fox said...


Kass said...


The Unbearable Banishment said...

You could have drew a picture of a pine tree on a large board and shot it up with paint balls. Just a thought. Merry Christmas.

Pat said...

It all looks great. Is that real ice?
I know you wanted me to report on the Queen's speech. I don't really listen - just have a little tear as I remember all 50 odd years I have listened to her and remember Christmases past and derive great comfort thereby.
Ive worked my socks off but it worked and was a really good day - much enjoyed by MTL.

Titus said...

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas, loved the decorations!

P.S. It was the Parisienne for me. That dress rocks!

Stocker said...

What a creative way to spend Christmas! Although next year feel free to buy my ridiculously small Christmas tree I bought when I thought I needed one for my bedroom - beware though, you have to tape it to the wall so it stands up. I hope you had a very marvellous Christmas! :)

Martin Barry said...

Happy Christmas, Eryl. Great blog!

Eryl said...

Parsnip ~ Stevie was tracking Santa on NORAD too, and he must have snuck in when I fell asleep in my chair for the scantest minute!

Glad you've enjoyed the Christmas week posts, and hope you had a lovely time with Tucson son, X

Kim ~ Thank you, we had a great day, hope you did, and that Santa was kind to you.

Rachel ~ thanks, X


UB ~ now you tell me!

Pat ~ of course. Glad your hard work paid off, not to worry about the Queen I'm sure I could read all about it somewhere if I really wanted, X

Titus ~ I did! Hope you did too.

Stocker ~ hello, thanks for the offer but I'm hoping to have the sitting room back by next year so we can have a full size one again. I did have a marvellous Christmas and hope you did too.

Martin ~ thank you, and thank you, we had a lovely time. Hope it was the same for you.

Ruth Tilley said...

Just wanted to say Happy Christmas and have a great new year – I’ve really enjoyed your blog this year! Look forward to 2011!

Golden West said...

Wishing you and yours all the best, Eryl, at Christmas and a new year of health and happiness.

Eryl said...

Ruth ~ thank you! Very happy new year to you, hope you had a splendid Christmas.

Golden ~ thank you, did you have a good Christmas? I do hope so, and wishing you a new year of continuing goodness.

Anonymous said...

We had a great holiday. And your post is beautiful. I hope you had a nice Christmas too.

rochambeau said...

You did SO good Eryl!
Love your decor!!
So happy and original and creative!
Thinking of you as you might be pondering what to make it that kitchen of yours!!!!

WOWZZ it's almost 2011!


Eryl said...

Mr L ~ very glad to hear that. And, yes thanks, I had a lovely Christmas.

Constance ~ as you're one of the most creative people I've come across in blog-land I take that as a huge compliment, thank you.

After the kitchen frenzy that last week produced I've been having a bit of a break from even thinking about cooking for the last two days. We have so much left over food I don't need to do much more than lay the table at the moment. No doubt I'll begin getting ready for the New Year meal soon enough, I'm definitely planning to make Pashka for that.

Alesa Warcan said...

Christmas the only holiday where you go out and kill a tree in a pagan sacrifice of a life in celebration of life... Heheh.
From looks of it, you had Christmas spirit in the spades without an actual tree! : j

The Pollinatrix said...

Your impromptu decorating is wonderful, especially the tree. I recently bought a blackboard to hang in my dining room, and ours has a Xmas tree on it too!

Hope your holiday was splendid!

Eryl said...

Alesa ~ this year no trees were harmed in the making of our Christmas.

Polli ~ blackboards are great, aren't they? I did have a splendid day, thank you, hope you did too, X