The Cottage Orné Quilt

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Friday, 17 December 2010

Keep calm and don't panic

This year I am in a sort of pre Christmas panic which has mainly been caused by a really scary weather forecast and trouble with my heating boiler.

For the last few days Christmas preparations and meetings with friends have been postponed or sandwiched between visits by the heating engineer, so decorating the house for Christmas has had a low priority.

This is my living room mantel with my mocha ware jugs and mugs and just a few silver and red baubles together with some holly from my neighbour's tree.  I was quite pleased with this rather simple solution until I viewed this photograph, now I think it looks a bit sparse. Isn't it strange that pictures do this?  This makes me think that photos of rooms in magazines must be crammed with stuff to get the right effect? 

Well today the snow came and more is promised for tomorrow, so as is usual when snow hits the UK, life is put on hold and we are told to stay indoors. At first it's quite enjoyable and today we have been phoning and emailing each other but I know that soon boredom will set in and we will all start fretting about how it is going to affect our Christmas.

In the meantime I have started to quilt my Charles and Di Royal Wedding quilt and catching up with missed TV programmes.  I have masses of food, due to postponed gatherings though it is all richer fare than I'm used to.


regan said...

Mary....I love your blog. And your mantel looks very nice.

I'm they really tell you not to leave the house because of the snow? Are the roads so bad that you can not travel at all? Or are you getting more than they can handle to clear the roads?

Just wondering if it is a usual thing or not?

Take care, and stay warm.....I hope your boiler is fixed soon!

Maureen said...

I think your mantel looks lovely. I wouldn't change a thing, but I do agree that things seem to look different in photographs.
I was wondering if people actually stay off the roads. Too many people don't heed this request here in Virginia.
I hope your heater holds up and you aren't snowed in for too long.
I enjoy your quilts. Merry Christmas!

Little Welsh Quilts and other traditions said...

Yes, it must seem strange but we are told to stay indoors if possible. Due to our very varied climate we don't invest in snow clearing methods because usually we don't need it and our transport isn't geared to extreme weather. This is why when snow comes it tends to overwhelm us. Also, we are a very crowded island which comes to a halt very easily when things go off kilter. Hope this explains it a bit?

Sue said...

Your mantel looks very tasteful and understated.
Thanks for the comment on my blog. I hope were not snowed in for too long- Last winter it was five days I was snowed in for - I can tell you I had cabin fever after three.
YES- the result on Strictly was the right one.

liz said...

I think your mantel looks just delightful. Being snowed in seems tremendously exotic from over here but I imagine the thrill would pall over time. Except for the timing, a good opportunity to sew?

Quilts And Pieces said...

I think your Mantle looks just right! I love it!