As everyone in the UK knows Raymond Briggs, "The Snowman" is a firmly established favourite tradition. The book was first published way back in 1978, can you believe!
(i'm not sure how well known it is outside the UK, would love you to let me know though.)
However it has become a firm tradition in our family to go and see Christopher Bell conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra performing The Snowman live, while the animated story is shown on a huge screen. Christmas music, carols and songs make up an evening of entertainment. I always take my niece who just loves the silly song where all the audience has to stand up and join in with all the actions! This year it was the penguin song, so the whole audience was hopping about like penguins at one point!!!
These are two small gifts for my friends two wee ones.
The first set of felt numbers by MiChiMa are for a four year old who just loves drawing her numbers and the felt sandwich, by Pachom, is for her 2 year old brother who loves to "play" at eating his tea, (and therefor driving his mum daft).
Last weekend i went to the opening of a mixed, Winter Exhibition, of which i was part of, at a small rural gallery about 40 miles north of me. I awoke on Sunday morning to a beautiful blanket of snow which made the driving a wee bit tricky but the scenery just lovely!
Some of us were colder than the others!
Hot chocolate and chocolate crispies were enjoyed by all!
Hmmm i seem to have taken an unintended break from blogging for the last 10 or so days. Like many of you i have been busy making for christmas fairs, but i promise i will catch up with everyones blog over the weekend: )
In the meantime feel free to check out my latest treasury.
Like most of you ,I'm sure, i have begun to do at least one or two little bits of Christmas shopping. This is a wee pendant that i order from Home Studio, for my little sister. When she bought her first house i searched everywhere in an attempt to find her the ugliest garden gnome i could find. And since then have always picked up an odd looking gnome if i see one.
This wee guy however, is not at all ugly, but i did think it would make her laugh!
Feel free to have a look at Home Studio on Etsy they have a great selection of pendants : )
On the 5th of November here in Britain we celebrate Guy Fawkes night, it commemorates the 5th of Nov in 1605 when a plot to blow up the houses of Parliament and the then King, James I, was foiled. One of the group, Guy Fawkes has been attributed as being the leader of the group so we build bonfires, make "Guys" (life size effigies of Guy Fawkes) through them on the bonfires and have wonderful firework displays. (The cellars beneath the houses of Parliament were found to be full of barrels of gunpowder)
The tradition of the Guy has fallen away somewhat and in general most people go to locally organised displays but it is all good fun and is usually followed by baked potatoes, soup and toffee apples : )
Recently i was tagged by the wonderful lauraB, and so i am now going to share with you 7 random facts about me. Here goes;
1. i love living at the mouth of the Tay river.
2. sometimes i look after my friend's dog for her.
3. i love Neil Diamond, but then why wouldn't i?
4. there are only 4 days between my birthday and my brother's and when i was 9 and he was 8 we got a joint birthday cake in the shape of a grandfather clock. The hands were pointing to 8 and 9, we were thrilled.
5. The list is enormous, but my really, truly, favourite illustrator is Christian Birmingham.
6. i have way, way too many Christmas decorations, (10 boxes) and yet still i'm tempted to buy more!!!!
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night - Galileo
I don't own a cell phone or a pager. I just hang around everyone I know, all the time. If someone wants to get a hold of me, they just say 'Mitch,' and I say 'what?' and turn my head slightly. - Mitch Hedberg
Books to the ceiling,/ Books to the sky,/ My pile of books is a mile high./ How I love them! How I need them!/ I'll have a long beard by the time I read them. - Arnold Lobel
"When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew." Arrigo Boito
I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart. - ee Cummings
I like an escalator because an escalator can never break, it can only become stairs. There would never be an escalator temporarily out of order sign, only an escalator temporarily stairs. Sorry for the convenience. -Mitch Hedberg
Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put. -Winston Churchill