Friday, 14 December 2012

Well hello my friends
I have borrowed teenager Raindrop's laptop so that I can do a quick post
I am sorry that I have not been visiting you
I am hoping to get a new laptop as mine is now completely banjaxed
and so fingers crossed I will be back in action again soon...

The weather here has been cold cold cold
those roads are ICY
I  hope that they improve as my nerves are shattered driving on them!

But when the ice melts the days are beautiful, cold, frosty and clear.
I went on a long hike with lovely daughter across the Curragh Plains
it took almost 3 hours but it was just wonderful

not so wonderful the next day
 when I could barely walk, had aches and pains all over
and had a stride like John Wayne's
my bottom and legs were sore for 2 days!!!

House and Home...
Planted some hyacinths around 2 weeks ago, the pot was pretty so fingers crossed that they grow!!

 also treated myself to two lovely Cath Kidson mugs
they are so pretty and dainty
the tea definitely tastes better from them!!!

I'm still knitting but this time it is taking forever
might be finished by Summer....
Well I know from reading your blogs
that you are all busy decorating your homes for Christmas
I bought some of these pretty decorations
I have far too many now but sure it's a time of excess
 so I suppose it's ok!

The crib is probably my favourite thing at Christmas. 
My crib was given to me by my Granny on my 1st birthday
it is probably an antique as it is so old
but it is very special.

Years of my brother and I playing with the figures
and my own children playing with them too
have resulted in chipped faces!!

Well it's Friday and so it's {Green Day 26}

The usual rules apply...
Thank you to all who participate I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do
Raindrops and Daisies


Sandra said...

So nice to see you back in blogland again, Fiona! I missed not being able to pop in and say hello!
Now I can't see your pictures to comment on them, but I remember liking the shot of the sheep seeming to form a sort of pattern and a beautiful big tree! I liked your Nativity scenes, both the old and the new. It's so lovely when some of these things date back to our childhood.
It snowed here again in the night, but the temperatures will be rising again over the next few days.
Have a lovely weekend! Sandra

EM Illustrator said...

Hi Fiona,

It's nice to see you :) It's finally Friday again, wish the weather could be a bit better though, winds and rain out. Not nice knowing you have to get out in it shortly. Hope you'll have a lovely weekend. I like the pictures, and the decorations looks beautiful.

Barbara F. said...

I am up waaaay past my bedtime, but happy to join your linky. Your photos are beautiful, the scenery is so gorgeous, love the sheep, your Nativity sets and the pretty mugs. xo

Rosemary said...

I am sure that you have found it really frustrating being unable to use your blog. Computers when they work are great.
You have captured the essence of the countryside beautifully - this year the winter has been particularly lovely with lots of low sky sunshine to enjoy.

✿ chica said...

Muito lindo esse caminho e adorei o céu bem azul! Lindas canecas, tricô, presépio. Belo post! beijos,lindo fim de semana!chica

Alessandra said...

so sorry about your computer are still in time to ask Santa a new one!!!!
i love the pics of your walking!
xxxx alessandra

The Flaky Fashionista said...

Such gorgeous photos! Lovely to look at on this very wet and windy morning. Have a lovely weekend. Helen (PS I totally agree ... Cath Kidston does make things taste better!)

Ailime said...

Ola Fiona, belíssimas fotos ! Adorei todos mas especialmnte, o rebanho e os seus presépios! Lindos. Abraços. Ailime

Giga said...

Spacer był męczący, ale warto z pewnością było. życzę otrzymania laptopa, żebyś była z nami na bieżąco. Pięknie będziesz miała ozdobiony dom na Święta. Pozdrawiam.
The walk was tiring, but it was certainly worth it. I wish you receive your laptop, you were with us on a regular basis. Beautifully decorated home will have for Christmas. Yours.

val's alentejo said...

Beautiful photos of the countryside around you Fiona.
I am not up to date with linking..
I hope father christmas brings you a nice new computer!
sending hugs for this Friday green day
val x

eileeninmd said...

Hi Fiona, it is great to go out on a hike with your daughter. A lovely mother and daughter time together. I your the photos of the countryside and the sheep. Lovely photos, have a great weekend!

lenalima said...

Imagens lindas ...adorei as canecas!

não estou postando por que saí de férias e fica complicado!

Bom Natal pra ti e família! bjss

Sherry said...

We become so attached to our computers and being connected that we feel bereft when we don't have them!

Lovely post -- that's the thing about a great, long walk -- it feels so good while you are doing it...until the next day...but I'll wager you'd say it was worth the stiffness and soreness.

As for holiday decor/ornaments and decorating...I'm always buying new's part of the joy!!

Have a lovely week Fiona! xo

Lynne said...

So sorry you have a drive on the ice . . . it must be dreadful, ice is the worst!

Love seeing some of your Irish Christmas things and really liked your Granny's Nativity . . . a treasure for sure . . .

Merry Christmas . . .

Bia Hain said...

Fiquei encantada com a imagem da estrada, linda! Seus enfeites de Natal estão maravilhosos e lembram o aconchego da época. Um abraço!

Jen said...

Hi Fiona,

What gorgeous pictures of your walk. Nice to see what you've been up to. Have a great weekend!


Felipa M. said...

Gostei de todas as fotos mas principalmente dos presépios, adoro presépios! E as suas canecas também são lindas, as paisagens também. Espero que as suas plantas nasçam e deem flores lindas.
E que resolva o problema da falta de computador em breve.


Ayu Maselli said...

SO HAPPY see you back Fiona!
Beautiful panorama,so great long hours walking out.
Countryside,lambs,big trees,blue sky...
perfectly beautiful .

Those roses mugs are very pretty and
very nice X'MAST decoration .

wow..happy that you will buy another you are ready in action then.
happy crafting and green day

oh almost forgot.i have agive this moment maybe you could enter to join..It will be make me happy so.

have a nice Friday

Zizi Santos said...

desejo uma linda sexta-feira
e eu continuo vindo aqui, me sinto feliz!

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful outdoor scenes! love the sheep! made me laugh with the john wayne stride, though. :)

really like that tiny white candle creche. :)

SizzleandZoom said...

I can't join today but thanks for the lovely post. I'm indoors this week.

Chatty Crone said...

Hello - have to say your photographs gorgeous as usual. I love the road less traveled and the sheep.


inge said...

I hope Santa brings you a new laptop if that is your wish.lovely festive post have a lovely weekend.

DIMI said...

Hallo Fiona!So sorry about your computer problems,nice to see you back!Lovely scenes,beautiful pictures!I love your christmas decoration!
Wishing you a lovely weekend!

NanaDiana said...

I love your beautiful old nativity. It is a real treasure. Your weather is a lot like ours and I am already tired of winter (even though it has been mild so far). It is great to see you, Fiona- Blessings- xo Diana

Susan, a Sometimes Blogger said...

Ha ha, a John Wayne stride - well said, but, oh I felt your aches though.
Lovely views and photos Fiona.
Yes, it is beaut how much better tea tastes when drunk from beautiful cups or mugs - I totally agree :D)
The little nativity is so precious and beautiful.
Have a peaceful Christmas xx

Jeannette StG said...

Great that your parents let you play with the nativity scene! Love the scarf you're knitting, and the pic of the sheep is awesome!

Jesh St Germain said...

A 3-hour hike is long:) hope your soreness is over!

Lisa said...

Lovely pictures as usual, Fiona - I truly love the sheep!! Your nativity is also very pretty, chips and all.

Kerri said...

Beautiful images - and the chipped faces just add character to the scene!!

thisisme said...

Hi Fiona. Lovely to see you here, and I'm sorry I'm getting a bit behind with my reading again! What lovely photos - I loved the one of all the sheep. I just love those dry,crisp, cold days - so much better than the dreary rain. Your decorations are adorable, especially the crib, especially as it has such a sentimental value for you. Take care and hope to see you again before too Long!! x

me (maria) said...

Very beautiful photos!!
So nice to see you back!
Have a great week!

demie said...

Your photographs are so great Fiona!
( sorry you were in pain!)

Hope you'll have a wonderful Christmas my friend : )

Busy Little Chicken said...

Nice to see you back! I really like the 'white' crib..does it have a candle behind it? I tried to get a 'green' picture, but it was quite frosty!!

Daphne Bryson said...

Hello Fiona, Sorry I have not been leaving comments the past couple of weeks, but our daughter came to stay, which was wonderful. Then sadly George's aunt passed away, so we have been staying with his mum as she is very upset.

Last time you mentioned you had been to a Cath Kidson shop, I had said I had never been in one. Well, how fabulous, a shop has opened here and Natasha and I went in to see what it was like. We fell in love with everything. We bought a few things and had to restrain ourselves as our debit cards would have gone into melt down.
I love hyacinths, when they flower the perfume is so beautiful.
Think of all the calories you burnt when you walked your three miles....enough to enjoy a bar of chocolate without worrying!
Have a lovely week. Best Wishes Daphne

SweetMarie said...

I just love the sheep! Everything looks so lovely!

schoolgatestyle said...

Seeing your pictures of the Curragh brought back so many lovely memories (I was born in Naas). Looks so lovely and peaceful.
Hope you get the computer sorted soon, we miss you! Avril x

The French Hens Nest said...

Hello Fiona. We found you through Daphne Bryson's lovely blog, Ivy Phyllis and Me. Your countryside is so beautiful. The photos are suitable for framing! Love those sheep and the tree especially. Your crib is just darling and missing paint just makes it more charming. How special that your Granny gave it to you. We call it a Nativity but I am going to start calling mine a crib. It's really about the Baby anyway.

Have a beautiful blessed day and please visit The French Hen's Nest

The French Hens Nest said...

We have joined your lovely blog...

Linda and Jeannie at The French Hens Nest

renae said...

Fiona! hi, how are you? i see you are having comp troubles like me. my tower of 6 yrs is mostly dead. my droid is my method of commenting and will skip the library computer til after christmas. But, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Bia Hain said...

Olá, Fiona! Vi que hoje não haverá Green day, então passei para desejar boas festas de final de ano e um 2013 repleto de alegrias! Um abraço!

Jesh St Germain said...

Sorry about your computer problems. Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

me (maria) said...

Merry Christmas and happy new year dear Fiona..!!!

Natalia Glazacheva said...

Wishing you have a Magic Christmas, sweet Fiona :0)
With lot of love from Moscow
Natasha & Fam

Crafty in the Med said...

Hello Fiona,
Did Santa surprise you and bring you a new computer????

Just love the white china nativity scene!

Hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a very happy New Year

Amanda :-)
Giveaway closes 6th January.....evening

Enrique Soto said...

Como siempre, una gozada visitar tu blog.
Te deseo a ti a todos tus seguidores, un año 2013 muy bueno en lo que realmente importa: el amor y la alegría.
Saludos desde Astorga.

Pondside said...

Just popping by from Karen's My Little Home and Garden blog. I've had a lovely look around, and will most definitely be back!

My Little Home and Garden said...

Hello, Fiona

I thought you were down for the count, computer-wise, and missed this post. I love seeing your photos, like the glorious tree, and there is just something so appealing about sheep! Your knitting is looking great too, beautiful colours.

I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year. I hope 2013 holds wonderful things in store for you.


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