18 December 2017

Blizzard - December 16 2017

Just a bit of video evidence...

I used the slow-mo option on my phone hence the flickering of the LEDs.

Snow for Christmas

Yep, we had the big dump the 16th. About 25 cm of snow over 6 to 8 hours of blizzard winds. Luckily, knowing it was coming, I got in a tree the day before. Yep, went out with our saw and took the prettiest tree of the several that need felling behind the house. Took a while to whittle down the trunk to fit into the tree stand (made by my husband's grandfather). The diameter of the stand is only two inches so that took about about 40 mins (we've misplaced the hatchet so I had to use the saw).

So, got tree up, watered, and lit. Next day, storm day, we decorated!


Then yesterday, we shovelled :(


Just on the other side of the fence is where I got our tree. Thank you Tree!

17 December 2017

Mom's Bell

Another decoration rescued from the decade long storage. This one is extra special because my Mom made it. A loooong time ago! She used to hang this on the front door of her apartment.

Mom went through a period where she took a lot of craft courses. I still have some of the pottery she made too :)


16 December 2017

Trees from Norfolk

Christmas in Norfolk - BBC
Listen here

Helen Mark is in Norfolk where preparations for Christmas are underway. In Great Hockham Helen meets Vincent Thurkettle whose life has been defined by a love of trees and the great outdoors. During the early part of the year, Vincent tends his fields of Christmas trees, which are allowed to grow with wild flowers at their roots, before spending his summers diving for sunken treasure off the coast of Britain. 

Returning to Norfolk later in the year, Vincent begins his Christmas tree deliveries and Helen joins him as he sets off. In the coastal town of Cromer, a rather more unusual Christmas tree has appeared in the churchyard and Helen meets fisherman, John Davies, to find out about the 150 lobster pots that were used to build the tree which now lights up the town and celebrates the town's fishing heritage. Helen also finds out how to decorate a Christmas tree for garden birds before heading back to Great Hockham where Vincent Thurkettle has finished the day's deliveries. 

Vincent, who also spends a week each year chopping wood to heat his cottage and cook his food gives Helen a lesson in how to lay the best wood fire and where the chestnuts will soon be roasting.

Vincent with a tree
Source - Daily Mail

15 December 2017

Yule Lads

Yuletide in the Land of Ice and Fire
From Between the Ears (BBC) = Listen here

Acclaimed Icelandic poet and author Gerður Kristný journeys into the curious world of Iceland's Christmas myths.

With not one but thirteen Santa Clauses, troll-like figures who sneak down from the mountains to make mischief at Christmas and a 'Yule Cat' who prowls through the snow looking for lazy people to eat, there are myriad fantastical - and sometimes sinister - festive tales indigenous to Iceland.

Creeping down from the mountains one by one over the thirteen nights before Christmas, Iceland's Jólasveinar, or 'Yule Lads' are eccentric characters out to make mischief. From 'Door Slammer' to 'Spoon Licker', 'Sausage Swiper' to 'Meat Hook', the Yule Lads - part of Icelandic folklore stretching back centuries - can be mischievous and menacing, stealing from pantries, playing pranks and scaring children.

These days they are known to leave gifts in children's shoes (or a potato in the case of the badly-behaved) but their parents - evil ogress Grýla and her lazy husband Leppalúði - are still the subject of frightening tales, known to eat naughty children. Even their pet Yule Cat prowls the country's towns and villages looking for lazy people to eat.

With music, sound, poetry and accounts from Icelanders bringing the tales to life, Gerður Kristný guides an atmospheric exploration of Iceland's festive stories, providing insight into unique Icelandic cultural traditions and revealing larger, universal, questions about folklore and why we tell scary stories.

Award-winning poet and author Gerður Kristný won the 2010 Icelandic Literature Prize for her poetry book Blóðhófnir, which is based on an ancient Nordic myth. She has also written award-winning novels and short stories for both children and adults.

Source - Nordic Visitor

14 December 2017

Snowy Woods

This was the snow we had a week or more ago taken by my hubby. Since this last walk in the woods we've had some very foggy mild weather. In fact it was plus 18C on Sunday! So, of course, there is no snow at the moment.

On a walk with cat in the snowy woods

13 December 2017

Nuts?

Hubby found his nutcraker, tee hee! Needed a minor nose job but other than that seems fine considering the decade in storage.