Friday, 11 January 2013

Christmassy January and Green Day!

 I went back to work this week and so life is back to normal
well as normal as can be!!!

Doesn't time fly, it's like Christmas never happened!

This week we have had lovely frosty mornings and lovely evening skies...

I miss all my lovely Christmas decorations but the house still looks Christmassy as
I  have decided to keep the twinkly fairy lights on my kitchen cabinet
as they brighten the dark mornings and make me smile when I'm drinking my cuppa at 6am

I threw some of them into a large glass jar after seeing  something similar on
Vicki's blog don't they look pretty?
the little cream poinsettia is still flourishing
so I'm hoping it keeps going for another couple of weeks
and of course it is nice to sit down and enjoy candlelight
and a glass of the red stuff occasionally
But I have been out for a few walks over the last week and can honestly say I feel better for them.
I took these two scallywags with me...
Oscar loves it but Charlie is a bit lazy (a bit like myself) but he could do with losing a few pounds too!

Buys this week...
No further knitting done  (oopsie)!!
but I did buy this lovely magazine which cost less than 2 euro
and which included a free set of knitting needles and 2 balls of wool
now that's good value!!
So you never know maybe next week I will have produced something!!

and while out and about I saw this dress (I love the colours)
it was 27 euro in Carraig Donn and the boots were less than 70 euro in Clarks
I will get lots of wear from both of them so happy days!

and so it's Friday and therefore
it's Green Day

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...

You're an early bird, Fiona! I'm just smiling at your Live Traffic Feed showing that I'm a visitor from Vevey! Those things never seem to get the places right, do they?! I feel a bit spied upon actually! I'm glad it can't tell where I'm writing from!
That knitting magazine with wool and needles was an incredible buy!
I love your cream poinsettia plant.
Nice Christmas lights still giving a warm and friendly atmosphere in your home, despite the cold and frost outside!

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Lovely photos as always Fiona. LoVe your new boots

Lucinha said...


The photos are lovely but I like most is your kitchen cabinet.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Suz said...

Nice idea-lights in a bowl.

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Gerald (SK14) said...

love the sky and the dog - happy new year

Ailime said...

Olá Fiona, ainda bem que já está em plena forma!:))! O dias também estão um pouco tristes por aqui, e é bom conservar este espírito de Natal para ajudar a passar os dias mais animadores! Adoro a sua cozinha!Lindo "post". Abraço Ailime

magie said...

The dress and boots are fab and I love the twinkle lights around the kitchen cabinet!
Magie x

Maria Luiza said...

Olá, Fiona, seu post está lindo! Seu armário está bonito e faz bem deixar as luzes . Eu também coloquei luzinhas no vidro! Suas compras estão bacanas! Amei todas as imagens! Grande abraço e ótimo final de semana!

Jannibele said...

Have a lovely Green weekend:)

The Flaky Fashionista said...

Such beautiful photos. Love the fairy lights in your kitchen - if I cculd get away with that I would also do it ... but the OH doesn't share my enthusiasm!! Great sale buys; I'm heading to the shops later,so might just take a look in Carraig Donn. Have a lovely weekend

eileeninmd said...

Hello Fiona, I love the lights in your kitchen, looks lovely. I am up early for work 4am. Your new dress is pretty and I love the boots, Clarks are so comfy. Great photos and post! Have a happy weekend!

Ivy, Phyllis and Me! said...

Good Morning Fiona, What a beautiful photo of the frost outside. Just right for a brisk walk.
Love the lights around your kitchen unit. Do you know I have kept lights up around my kitchen, like you to give a sense of brightness, as the days are so grey and the kitchen seems so dark.
I saw the knit and stitch book advertised on tv and thought it was a bargain and I am going to buy a copy over the weekend.
Love your boots, smart with skirts or trousers.
Sorry I have nothing green to post, unless you count the odd bit of cucumber in a salad!
Have a lovely week.
Best Wishes

Unknown said...

Love your pictures... I need to take down my Christmas stuff but just can't... I love Christmas and everything about it. Maybe I should leave some lights up for awhile and take them down slowly.

Vane M. said...

Olá, Fiona! A paisagem está mesmo belíssima. bela estratégia deixar as luzes enfeitando seu armário, dá pra ter um pouquinho do Natal o ano todo! Gostei também da luz acondicionada em um pote de vidro.
Esses dias saí para caminhar e acabei com dor na coluna, hahaha, você está em melhor forma que eu eu, e em ótima companhia, o cão é muito simpático! Um abraço!

Anne said...

Hi Fiona! Love that you have kept the fairy lights out.... something about their soft glow is so relaxing! Great dress and boots you picked up:) Enjoy the weekend!
~Anne said...

A lovely post Fiona.
I really like the lights. I remember seeing them somewhere on the web.. I might try that idea.
2€ for the magazine ,needles and wool. that was a giveaway.
happy green day and weekend

inge said...

I thinking keeping the lights is a great idea a little sparkle in our lives is a good thing. Have a lovely weekend

homemade@myplace said...

welcome back and happy 2013!!!!
xxx Ale

Sweet Woodruff said...

Charlie is so pretty. Like the lights in the jar. I keep my lights out all year around the house. It makes it cozy in here, especially for a party..

Lynne said...

Photos of a frosty morning, twinkle lights while you drink your cuppo, scraggly doggie with sweet face, pretty new dress and fancy boots . . . brought me a smile to this new day/morning.

Happy Friday and sweet weekend Fiona.

Pamela Gordon said...

Love the fairy lights still glowing in the early morning or evening! Those new boots are beautiful. I wonder what 70 euros translates into Canadian $$? Have a lovely weekend. Blessings, Pamela

My Little Home and Garden said...

I think I would enjoy my coffee in your beautiful kitchen with all the pretty things to look at and the glow of the fairy lights (perhaps you meant to write "poinsettia" for the plant). As for knitting, my needles have been inactive of late! This weekend, I tell myself. Have a wonderful one, Fiona.

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Thanks Fiona - I like your lights too :-)
I wish I had something green to link, but our snow is melting today and it is grey and gloomy around here. Have a great weekend!

Love Bears All Things said...

Enjoyed the photo diary...Fiona...and I think I spy a 'shelf Elf' there with the china....
Mama Bear

Life, Loves and...... said...

I always enjoy the pics,and the outfit is fab!

TexWisGirl said...

love your sweet pup! :) like the pine cones and white lights, too. but your sky was gorgeous. :)

Anonymous said...

I really like the twinkle lights! We still have some up as well (and thinking we might just leave them)

I don't have a Green Day link up, as I'm no longer using the blog "Life On Our Mountain" and blogging on a more personal blog now, but I do enjoy coming over and visiting you Fiona. You always have the loveliest photos and stories. :)


Magia da Inês said...

Belo post, linda decoração, amei o cachorro. Belas fotos.
Ótimo fim de semana!
Beijinhos do Brasil.

Busy Little Chicken said...

Funny that, I still have my fairy lights up in the kitchen! They do brighten up a dull morning don't they!! Also, I brought that knitting magazine today for 99p.... bargain indeed!!! Wether I get knitting soon is another thing!! Happy Green day Friday :)

Southhamsdarling said...

Hi Fiona. Lovely post today, and I love the photo of the frosty morning and the evening sky. How beautiful! It's amazing, but quite a few bloggers seem to have left a few fairy lights up this year. I've kept a string around the fireplace, and they really do brighten my day. Take care.

Claudia Moser said...

Charlie is sooooo sweet, would love to play with him! Happy Friday!

chica said...

Sempre lindas tuas fotos!!Um lindo fim de semana!beijos,chica(em férias!)

Anonymous said...

Love it all, Fiona, and those adorable eyes looking up at the camera are irresistible. :)
Happy weekend.

Ellie said...

Hi Fiona,
I'm here for Green Day at last. It seems like ages since the last time I took part.
I love your first green shot but it looks a tad cold out there. Your doggy is so cute such a lovely face. I did see that knitting magazine for sale it does seem like a good buy.
If you are going to get cold weather like we are I hope you manage to stay warm.
Have a good weekend :)

Unknown said...

Yet have to clean up the Christmas tree - I have the excuse that I'm running a deadline for my writings.
so your house looks like I feel:) Did not realize you lived in Europe! Am still Dutch, even though I lived 20+ years in Los Angeles.

A Life to Style said...

Great photos - loving the fairy lights on the dresser. Made me a bit sorry I didn't keep mine up…all away in the attic now. Loving the new additions to the wardrobe - nice buys. Keep warm this weekend and have a good one Fiona, Avril xx

Jeannie and Linda said...

So many beautiful photos Fiona! I love your new dress and boots- what bargains!

I don't know the rules for Green Day and can't find them. Is this party for gardens only?

Have a beautiful weekend!

Linda at The French Hens Nest

Bonnie said...

Oh my you are making me want to pick the knitting needle back up. We will see. Waldi's little sweater took a little more time than I had thought. I can't wait to see what you create. Have a wonderful weekend. Bonnie

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Hi Fiona! Lovely frosty mornings and beautiful sky! The fairy lights make your kitchen look so cozy. I like the dress and boots too.
Sorry I didn't get a post ready to link up this week.

Unknown said...

Beautiful pictures and lovely skies.
Enjoy your weekend.


Anonymous said...

Hi Fiona! What a lovely post. Your cabinet is lovely and I like how you've dressed her too. Your doggy is adorable. Thanks you so much for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Hayu Maselli said...

Hi Fiona,

I can feel the frosty days in Ireland from here. Beautiful skies.
happy creating and knitting.
cute dog!I wish I have one
Beautiful kitchen cabinet especially the dishes
have a nice weekend

Giga said...

Podoba mi się pomysł w lampkami i szyszkami w szklanym pojemniku, wygląda to nastrojowo. Piesek może trochę leniwy, ale teraz zima i jemu też nie chce się za dużo na dworze przebywać.Wiosną nadrobi bieganie i schudnie. Pozdrawiam serdecznie.
I like the idea of lights and cones in a glass container, it looks romantic. The dog can get a little lazy, but now winter, and he does not want to be too much for the court to stay. Spring make up running and lose weight. Yours sincerely.

geetlee said...

Hi Fiona,
My poinsettia has wilted :( and I took down my lights last week. I love the idea of putting them in a jar, maybe I will try it too.
Loved the second photo of the sunset and your pets are just darling.
Happy weekend :)

Jen said...

Fiona--I love the fairy lights--so warm and cheery on winter evenings! Your pictures are beautiful, and your dog is darling.


Sush said...

Hi Fiona!
I'm back after a part choice part forced blog hiatus! The choice was for a short break to get my life in balance and then the computer died and it was forced. So now I'm feeling rather giddy running about to visit all my friends and catch up on news!

Fill me in on your green day and what it's all about?

As always, beautiful photos and I love your fairy lights!

vivi ka said...

I liked the Christmas decoration in your kitchen and the lights into the large glass jar.
The magazine looks very useful!
Your shots are great and the puppy so cute!!
Have a great week ahead!

Memaria said...

I love the photos of frosty mornings although I don´t like cold..all your photos are amazing..
I like your kitchen cabinet so much!!
Have a great week!!

Betty said...

Oooh, that frosty morning picture looks so cold! Love the sunset, looks cold too.
Great idea to put lights in your large glass jar. Very sparkly and cheerful.
Love your dresser and pretty dishes etc.
Thanks for sharing your days.
Keep warm, Betty

Eatlovemerry said...

Lovely photos! x

Patrycja (photoopassion) said...

Interesting post. I really like it.
Super blog. Yours. ^ ^

Have a nice day. ;)
+ Welcome to my blog.
If you want to put it in your followers.

Lindy said...

What beautiful photos! I think it is great that you have kept the fairy lights up. They are so pretty.

homemade@myplace said...

I've just passed you an award :
xxx Ale

Calu Barros said...

oi Fiona,
esta semana eu também parei para apreciar os céus daqui de perto e, me encantei, com os daqui e os daí.Cores mil!Uma alegria para os olhos e o coração.
Grande idéia a tua em estender mais um pouco as luzes do Natal.São tão acolhedoras.Ficou um cantinho muito convidativo.
Hoje eu não consegui linkar minha participação.Na próxima estarei aqui.
Lindo e colorido fim de semana.Afagos nos dogs.

lenalima said...

Adorei o! bjs

Unknown said...


Allison said...

I've kept my twinkly lights out, too. :) And I love how you set the teacups in their saucers! Not neat and tidy, but cute and cozy!

Crafty in the Med said...

Hello Fiona

I was looking to leave a comment on your most recent post but I get a message indicating that comments are disabled for that post. I was wondering if that is on purpose or that perhaps you don't know about it???

keep well

Amanda :-)

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