In just 10 days we have gone from this… (playing outside and cutting trails in the bush to be ready for cutting wood this winter)
…To T H I S ! Gorgeous! Sending along some of the best of our very Christmassy-spirited mountain home to those of you without the fluffy wet white stuff…
The hoar frost on the deciduous trees on top of the mountains the other day was stunning! Naturally, the photos don’t do the scene justice, and I never did get a shot when the sun was out and it was sparkling like a million fairies blowing their dusty kisses through the dancing branches…
Smitty (and I!) were very excited by all the clean Christmassy climate. Smitty immediately wanted to go for a drive through the hills and forests…
Richard (and Mom) weren’t QUITE as thrilled. (Richard lost his primary black toque somewhere in the first snowfall. He is now seen wearing one of mine that I had (with matching scarf and mittens) when I was just 13 years of age! That’s exactly 40 years ago, folks! Ain’t he cute?
And then there is Simba, who finds any sunny quilted place and crawls under… Talk about avoidance and denial!
The night skies have been absolutely stunning, as some of you may have seen on Facebook postings I’ve managed to do here and there:
And I’ve now managed to get most of the outdoor Christmas decorations up. I’ve been trying to build a snowman out front to greet passers-by, but between time being an issue, and my bad back and knee, only a small mound has accumulated. I’ve found the snow is actually TOO wet and heavy, also. Needs a bit more fluff on which to roll it!
Our Rasmussen Brook behind the farm is still running beautifully down hill into “The Outlet” (a narrow river that runs perpendicular to our Blue Bell Road). It goes through our woods and we plan to build one or two eco-friendly tiny homes on its edge for guests to try living in mud/straw/log/earth cabins. Wouldn’t a Christmas weekend back there, with cross-country skiing, or skating or tobogganing be a delightful respite from your busy lives?
Since we’re feeling so Christmassy – and hopefully you’re more in the mood now, too – today (Nov. 30) is the last day of the Folk Art and Primitives Holiday Cyber-sale. Buy LOCAL! (not imported/box-store/corporate CRAP!) Buy ORIGINAL! (not something copied 100s of times, and then regurgitated, esp. by China or India,) Buy SECOND-HAND, VINTAGE OR HANDMADE! (sooooooooo much better for the environment, and your pocket-book!) Follow the easy instructions below to purchase my own- Rustic Revivals- or my FAAP team-mates’ quaint, cute country items for decorating for YOUR special holidays, or to give year-round and long-lasting gifts of a Cozy Country Christmas!
Here are some of my own, and my team-mates’ works that may intrigue you. They aren’t ALL holiday-related in the shop – many are just lovely folk-art or primitive year-rounds that would make terrific gifts. Click on any of these to make them larger.
In a few weeks, expect more Christmassy scenes – this time INDOORS, and with many more of my own Rustic Revivals’ ( https://www.etsy.com/shop/rusticrevivals )
old-fashioned and salvaged/natural eco-friendly touches as we countdown to Christmas with Richard’s family coming up ‘from the south’ once again. Because I didn’t get as much help as I’d have liked with the orchard and garden this harvest (Richard now realizes it’s crucial to pitch in more next year, so our food lasts longer throughout the winter and next spring!) we have a LOT of crab-apples still on branches, of varying sizes, which will be brought in for decorating. We also have rose-hips on several bushes, and if you don’t know the wonders of rose-hips, do look it up, or wait until I post next time, when I’ll also be sharing some more about apple cider vinegar, since I just bottled ours this week. Here’s a preview photo of the rose-hips – won’t they be nice for decorating, too? Hope you all have some gentle snow to get you feeling happy and generous for the season of GIVING and LOVE.