Saturday, 23 December 2017

The Week Before Christmas

Up early just as the sun began to shine and out  into the car, little Beatrix peeping in the wing mirror as the heater blew out warm air as we drove out of our little town.... off we go.....

The sun didn't shine for long and freezing mist clung to icy fields as we hurried by....

Past Christmas trees...

With Beatrix on my knee wrapped in blankets...

And a van in front saying Potter, that made me smile...

Past a village pond with a wonderful cross....

And passing village pubs....

To hand deliver Christmas cards and presents to our waiting Mothers...

We stayed a few days and I cuddled and cuddled my Mum's dog, he has just had an operation and thankfully he is ok but a little wobbly after the anaesthetic and he is fourteen, so lots of love for this sweet boy...

Mum went shopping with Steve and came home with bags of sweets and crisps and we switched on the lamps as night fell and watched Miss Potter, one of my favourite bits is when a young Beatrix watches her parents go out for the evening and outside awaits a pumpkin and six bunnies with little mice as foot men....

After a lovely few days and taking flowers to the cemetery for our loved ones that are no longer with us we were back on the road, back through the little villages with wreaths on their doors..

And past hedgerows with dark silhouettes of trees covered in birds  against the winter skies....

Home to our cottage by the sea were logs had been delivered and the coal man had filled the coal shed too... come on Steve only another twenty wheel barrows full :)

Stacked  by the fireside to  warm fingers and toes...

Candles are burning brightly....

The larder is full and our feathered friends in the garden are stocked up too...

Santa on cereal, a cheery start to the day!..... Ho Ho Ho!..

Steve surprised me with a potted  blue spruce Christmas tree that we are hoping to grow in the garden in the New Year..

The kitchen is toasty with the oven warming as I roll Mum's ginger cookie dough, Mum made these every Christmas and I made a batch this year that I took home for her....

From little balls of dough to chewy ginger cookies, yum!..

I made sure I picked up the Christmas edition on Down Your Way, such lovely old stories from our beloved Yorkshire....

I also popped into the bakery for a little Christmas log to enjoy with a nice cup of tea....well it is Christmas after all.. I shall tell you about the vintage baubles next time..

Well I best go as I have a few more presents to wrap and tomorrow it's Christmas Eve!

Are you all ready? I hope you are enjoying the run up to the big day!

Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage?...



  1. Reading this from my bed as just had operation. I loved it! I could imagine I was right there with you. Cheered me up. I live in Australia so the sun is shining but I miss the cold and snow at Christmas as I'm from Wales.Merry Christmas!! Tricia

    1. Hello Tricia :) I hope you are ok and I pray for healing and for you to be back on you feet real soon xxx I talked to my friend in California yesterday who was on her way to the beach for a crab dinner and you have the sun shining, it's funny how we are all under the same big sky but Summer and Winter are happening at the same time... Merry Christmas Tricia x

  2. Oh Sweet Pea! What lovely Christmassy photos! All cozy and bright. I wish you alla very Merry Happy Lovely Wonderful Christmas! Xx

    1. Hello dear Mary, thank you, wishing much love to you and your family and sending Merry Christmas wishes from our home to yours xxx

  3. I do enjoy peeking in your cottage! I am from Georgia, all the way from the United States.
    I am wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

    1. Hello Leslie from Georgia! thank you so much, sending warm Christmas wishes to you and your loved ones from across the pond and wishing you all the very best for 2018 xxx

  4. What a lovely blog post.
    Merry Christmas to you.

    1. Thank you Simple Living Wishing you a very Merry Christmas too xxx

  5. Miss Potter is a favourite film of mine too, her cottage in the Lake District is a wonderful place to visit. Have a very happy cosy Christmas in your beautiful cottage, best wishes Jan x

    1. Oh I have never been Jan but would love to visit it one day, I have been to the Lake District and I wanted to stay there it was so beautiful, thank you so much, wishing you a wonderful and very merry Christmas xxxx


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