31 December 2015

A Sleigh Ride

Have your heard the phrase 'slow tv'? Well, this is an example. And it's great! Happy New Year!

In a Slow TV Christmas special, BBC Four rigs a traditional reindeer sleigh with a fixed camera for a magical journey across the frozen wilderness of the Arctic. Following the path of an ancient postal route, the ride captures the traditional world of the Sami people who are indigenous to northern Scandinavia and for whom reindeer herding remains a way of life. 

Filmed in Karasjok, Norway - 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle - this journey takes us through breathtaking scenery not normally glimpsed by anyone other than the Sami. Deliberately unhurried, the rhythmic pace of the reindeer guides us along an epic two-hour trip that takes us over undulating snowy hills, through birch forests, across a frozen lake and past traditional Sami settlements. 

Facts about the reindeer, natural history, Sami culture and the Arctic climate are delivered by graphics and archive stills embedded into the passing landscape. With no commentary, music or presenter - just the crunching of snow and the soft tinkle of a reindeer bell - this hypnotic sleigh ride is an enchanting experience to put everyone in the Christmas spirit.- BBC Four

Read a review here.

26 December 2015

The Aftermath

The food...

The presents...
The Christmas Grotto...in rain (showers off & on over last 24 hrs!)

23 December 2015

Remake Christmas - Copenhagen 2015

Awesome! Recycled Xmas crafting shack / station
Inside this totally recycled Christmas house were ongoing workshops on how to reuse, remake Christmas ornaments and other holiday crafts.

I was tempted to go up to the sleeping loft for a closer look at the jar/lamp. Click for more info about Remake Christmas and creator, Thomas Dambo. Click here for others' pics!
Workshops in progress
Sleeping loft
Looking back at the sleeping loft from outside

Had such a great time in Copenhagen! Check out Ten ways to have a Danish Christmas.

I highly recommend trying to make your own Gløgg or, as some call it, Glühwein! It's mulled wine but with an added kick (like rum or schnapps). I loved it in any form! My friend had a white wine version that she really enjoyed!

20 December 2015

A Christmas Carol with Neil Gaiman

Busy, busy, busy as I'm sure many of you can appreciate. Pics of Amsterdam trip to come. In the meantime here is a nice holiday treat!

06 December 2015


Well, if everything went as planned this is where I should be tonight!

No posts till I'm back :(

05 December 2015

Cures for colds

I have been ill with cold/flu for almost three weeks!!!!!!!!!! Seem to have it on the ropes now.

My grandmother's cure for illness was increasing amounts of rye whiskey before bed. Kill or cure!

From The Whiskey Exchange

01 December 2015

Boom Boom

Merry Little Christmas...some not so usual holiday music :)

Or, listen to Boom Boom Ba if you're into something less holiday like...it's a favourite track of mine.

30 November 2015

Door jinglers....

Door jinglers
So I don't remember where I came across this idea but it was online somewhere. And it came in handy during my recent flu bout. Hours on the couch with these to keep my hands busy.

Let me reassure you that subsequent to their completion they have all been soaked for several hours in a mixture of laundry soap and antiseptic.

27 November 2015

Poor Mog!

Sainsbury in the UK always seems to do a holiday ad. This is their current Christmas spot...

26 November 2015

25 November 2015

13 November 2015

Wonderful Copenhagen!

After years of wishing it looks like I will finally be getting to a European city with a Christmas market! So exicited!

12 November 2015

Wool felt garland

I bought a one pound bag of dyed sheep's wool for felting when I was in Calgary during the summer. I'm not very experienced with felting and so far my experiments have...not worked out well. Don't think I'm using enough soap.

Here's the project I hope to do:

Source with instructions

08 November 2015

Looking for seasonal work?

Exceptionally gifted cord untanglers should check out the job posting, which is accepting applications until November 19. Job description details for Tesco's designated "Christmas Light Untangler" are provided on the careers page of the British grocery chain. Located in Wrexham, England, the part-time position offers a "competitive salary" and a 36-hour week.

Responsibilities include manning and managing the Christmas Lights Untangling stand as well as being knowledgable about the service being offered. The ideal candidate should be able to untangle 3 meters of Christmas lights in under three minutes. They should also be passionate about Christmas. - 
from A UK Supermarket Is Hiring a Christmas Light Untangler on Atlas Obscura

Yes, I too  have wrestled with the snake-y beasts but never, no, never, would I throw out a set of functioning lights just because I can't get them untangled!

Of course, the longest string I've ever had to deal with was 100 twinkle lights. I suppose if I had several strings of 100 all tangled together, well....nah, that'll never happen! 

06 November 2015

Seasonal cards

Ok, this is totally what I'm going to order myself for next year. And yes, this could be proof that the other holiday still holds sway over my imagination at the moment, but, that's me!

Check 'em out or order them here
Once I'm back in Canada and can send cards through the post again...using envelopes, and ink, and stamps, and the mail box down the street... if there's still one there that is.

Anyway, this is what I'm going to order for sure! (Gee! Gosh!)

04 November 2015

Crafting Christmas

So, that other holiday went well this year but must admit the spirit was a little lacking. Maybe because the Christmas spirit kept trying to resurrect itself early! I managed to hold off any Christmas crafting / sewing thoughts till this week.

But now that I can indulge I'm finding the time hard to come by! That does not keep me from looking however and the web is full of inspiration. Here's a blog I love to visit: 

Notforgotten Farm

16 October 2015

Sears Wishbook 1964

Isn't this something? I had a look through it (somewhat awkward interface) but there's stuff in there I haven't thought of in years!!


01 October 2015

Contemplating winter weather

So, all last winter I had emails from friends and family back on the Canadian east coast giving me the lowdown on the winter weather. Particularly the late winter weather of the mad month of March in which there was one blizzard after another. This has got me thinking about our return to Canada with a certain sense of...I'm not sure exactly. 

Now I was back in Canada for 18 months just four years ago so it's not like I haven't had any recent winter weather experiences. And I've certainly got most of the outdoor gear I need to handle the freeze / thaw of Newfoundland. But it was while going through some old holiday photos and looking at how I'm dressed INSIDE the house that got me feeling...well, maybe dread is too strong a word. 

c. 2000 - Notice the twig tree
Certainly I've lived in some cold Canadian cities but there's something quite different about winter when you're living next to the frigid North Atlantic. The damp gets in your bones and no amount of clothing can protect you fully--even while inside. As you can see to the left I'm looking quite cozy but this is what I'm wearing--long johns, wool socks, thick cotton turtle neck, a fleece, all topped with a pair of very thick corduroy overalls (beautifully hand made by a friend).
Admittedly, we were living in a rather old and poorly insulated house at the time. Still...

15 September 2015

If u need a little Christmas...

Mostly my head is into Halloween these days BUT my eyes do keep straying to the reds and greens in my fabric pile.

From the British Library
Then today I stumbled across an article about the British Library Flickr site that has over 1 million illustrations and images. So off I went and discovered they have a Christmas Album!

Haven't found a Halloween one yet.

31 July 2015

Signs of the Season

Even in July you'll find a little Christmas at the Frankfurt airport...

14 February 2015

A Little Christmas Mystery

My Valentine's gift to you via the Internet Archive. Which, if you have yet to discover, well, let's just say don't click on the link unless you have some time :)

14 January 2015

Chilly Weather

It has gotten quite chilly here in the Gulf over the last week. It started with a couple of days of overcast skies, high winds, and lots and lots of dust. This dip in temps will continue for the next two weeks. As you can see from the forecast below the evening of Jan 23rd is gonna be quite chilly! The low will be 11 C. For those of you more comfortable with fahrenheit that converts to about 51 although for some reason these temps feel colder here than they would back home.


Hot ovaltine and red bathrobe!
That's in part because the cooler nights and days mean there's not much chance for our place to warm up. And the cinderblock construction, tile floors, and leaky windows mean it's often chillier inside than it is out! We've had to pull out the space heater and wear things like sweat pants, turtle necks, fleece, hoodies and even socks!! I'm so glad we bought those chunky terry cloth red bathrobes for Christmas. I've been wearing mine a lot!

Today I even ransacked the cupboards to find that dried out bottle of Ovaltine (bought 2 years ago) to make a big hot steaming cup. Next on the list is go outside and sit in the sun. Then, when I'm warm, come back in to make a big pot of veggie stew, yum :)