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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Thinking of Christmas' past!

You know how it is you start thinking of friends and family that have left us.  I am a war baby (the second world war - just in case you had any doubt!) so things were in short supply, my Mum used to iron the christmas wrapping paper for use next year and roll up the string to re-use.  Our christmas dinner was a chicken, which was a real treat, we used to have a large tin of fancy biscuits, but we were never allowed to go onto the bottom layer until the top layer was finished, even if the biscuits left weren't very appealing.  Can you remember early in the morning feeling with your foot at the bottom of the bed to see if Father Christmas had left you something, and yes I did have an orange in the toe of my stocking, fruit was in very short supply, Mum told me that the first time I saw a banana I tried to eat the skin as well.  How Mum used to give us such great time I don't know, she must have saved and collected things for ages quite a challenge.  Surprising what you can do when you have to. Very different to now, we are so lucky and we mustn't forget it. 

Had a great day with the scouts in the village the other day, we planted over 100 trees (saplings) we are looking to the future.  My youngest granddaughter is in the front of this photo, she absolutely loves scouting and the things they get up to.


Here they all are after planting a Royal Oak!!  Just think they will be able to tell their grandchildren that they planted these trees!
Thought you may like to see a couple of pieces I did a couple of years ago, I love beading especially at christmas, it just gives that little bit extra.  How are you all getting on, finished your cards and present shopping?  I've decided to have a go at making Gingerbread Men this year, bought my cutter just have to find a recipe.
I still have to get out my decorations, 2 of my granddaughters have volunteered.  (I haven't told them yet), but I'm sure they will jump at the chance.
It is getting colder here, been having frosty mornings but the weatherman tells us there is more rain to come, can you believe it.
Thankyou for visiting me, and a warm welcome to new visitors I hope you have enjoyed coming.  Take care everyone and don't get too panicky abouit christmas I am sure everything will work out just fine.


  1. Yes we had some fun in the old days at Christmas .
    Great photo's so good to plant tree's.
    Love all your stitching so pretty, hugs.

  2. Love the Christmas stitching, the beads give a lovely effect. I was born in 1950 and can still remember a stocking with an orange in the bottom along with some nuts and we always had dried figs and dates too. We never got a lot but we had such fun.....xx

  3. Beautiful beadwork, very festive.
    It's going to lovely to visit the Royal Oak and watch it grow, what a special day for your granddaughter.

  4. My parents were born just before the war and my childhood Christmas was filled with a lot of the same values as you. We had to wait till the top layerwas finished and there was always an orange in the bottom of the stocking. Great stitching I love using beads too.

  5. I so enjoyed reading about your Christmases as a child : ) Yes, it is amazing how people made do back then because that's what they had to do! Now-a-days everything is thrown away rather than reused or recycled. Love your stitches, especially the Santa one : ) Good luck with the gingerbread men! I haven't made them for years : ( Haven't done any baking yet & the cards are sitting here on the table looking at me ... lol!

  6. Just been catching up with your blog,you certainly have been busy. :)
    I am no where near ready for xmas.

  7. we used to get a satsuma and some gold coins in the bottom of our stockings and I remember getting chicken as a treat and also about the layers on the biscuits
    what a wonderful thing planting those trees too ...
    and cute ornaments too :) love mouse xxxx

  8. ho my ! those 2 pieces are great !
    Santa is just wonderful with all the beads ! what a job you did on a piece that seems very small
    planting the trees is really great too ! if only more people could do this....

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  10. Merry Christmas from France !
    June is one of my friend, congratulations for your blog !