We were in no way expecting to be greeted with the white stuff when we opened our front door this morning, it was a real surprise. The LP were beside themselves with such sweet, visible, unchecked excitement! They jumped and danced and yelped, it was a fabulously joyful start to our morning. What with snow outside and chocolate from their advent calendars, plus the appearance of the Singing Snowman toy who's on annual release from the attic eaves, well, you never did see such hyper children.
As soon as it got light, I ran (literally) up two flights of stairs to go and sit peacefully in the attic window seat for a few minutes, taking in the wintry scene. Above picture was taken just before 8 o'clock....
....and fifteen minutes later it became apparent that the school run was going to be Rather Snowy Indeed. Fresh falling snow combined with a strong wind meant that we stumbled slowly to school in near blizzard conditions. Snowball fights the whoooooooole way. Winter has certainly landed with a bump here.
Our town lit up it's Christmas lights a few weeks ago, I love love love that they are white. As much as I adore coloured lights, there's something incredibly beautiful about white lights in abundance.
I took these photos just over a week ago, it was Sunday teatime and Little Man and I were running an Important Errand together. After a family discussion it had been decided that we would have a spontaneous fish and chip supper, so off Little Man and I toddled to our local chippy. We could have walked along the canal, but instead we took the roundabout route to go down through the High Street, specifically to take in the lights.
Trees that grow all year round out of the pavements and cobbles have had their branches entwined with lights, it's looks sooooo sparkly and pretty!
These are the very same decorations that have appeared at Christmastime ever since we moved here four years ago, but I am still wowed by them.
Wow. WOW! Love love loveeeee LOVE these round ones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Inside and we are ever so gently tiptoeing towards Christmas. I caved in and brought down the Christmas House Tin about a fortnight ago, after much nagging from two of my L'il Peeps. The third Little Peep is too young to remember this sweet tin from Christmases past, but he is totally enjoying the idea of daily chocolate to the sound of music.
I still can't find my holly. It's definitely Missing in Action. But I have started to make some more, and just need to find some kid-free daylight time to photograph the tutorial for you. I'm really enjoying making them, I'm using a slim 3mm hook and some non-stranded embroidery thread and they're turning out beautifully. As well as using them to trim up my bunting (the felt wording is still in hot debate by the way), I'd love to make enough to add to a hooky wreath creation I've got frantically whizzing around in my mind at the moment. I'm thinking a yarn wrapped wreath covered in crochet holly, pom poms, stars, beads, buttons, baubles, bells and birds. Sort of a cross between this, this and this. I've already purchased the polystyrene ring thingy in anticipation, and I am mega excited about the whole creative wreathy thing.
Gosh, festive bunting and wreaths, the stuff of my creative Winter Dreams. Sooooosososoosoooo excited!!!!!!!!!!!