This is the second year this cactus has flowered, isn’t it beautiful? I don’t know what it is called, I think it’s too early to be a Christmas cactus.
It is obviously very happy there on the window sill and I thought I would share it so as you could feel the pleasure too! 🙂
It’s very festive here at Hillside Lodge. It’s so nice when Christmas eve finally arrives.
There’s nothing more festive than making a fruit cake!
To everyone who watches my blog and all your family and friends, I wish you peace and joy this Christmas 🙂
My first mince pies made this year. Two already eaten, as My Husband says he can smell mince pies from 50 yards!
I thought I’d add a little history.
A mince pie is a small British fruit-based mincemeat sweet pie traditionally served during the Christmas season. Its ingredients are traceable to the 13th century, when returning European crusaders brought with them Middle Eastern recipes containing meats, fruits and spices.
The early mince pie was known by several names, including mutton pie, shrid pie and Christmas pie. Typically its ingredients were a mixture of minced meat, suet, a range of fruits, and spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Served around Christmas, the savoury Christmas pie (as it became known) was associated with supposed Catholic “idolatry” and during the English Civil War was frowned on by the Puritan authorities. Nevertheless, the tradition of eating Christmas pie in December continued through to the Victorian era, although by then its recipe had become sweeter and its size reduced markedly from the large oblong shape once observed. Today the mince pie remains a popular seasonal treat enjoyed by many across the United Kingdom.
Well there we are! 🙂
What a lovely Christmas and New Year we’ve had and hope you have too. We made the decision to have it to ourselves this year as we had been so busy with work in the run up to Christmas. We saw a few friends, but apart from that we spent it in each others company, with minimal TV, doing lots of creative things. What a blessed thing knowing you can choose not to be part of the rush.
Here’s a glimpse of our lovely Christmas tree! 🙂
Look forward to sharing our adventures with you in 2014, Happy New Year
Love Debbie x
Yes, I built a house today and it was great fun. You can buy one in kit form from Pixie hall as well as other fab Christmassy stuff!
It’s a shame to eat it! (But I’m gonna) 🙂