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Christmas Eve

Our home, ready for Christmas

Here in the UK it is 6.15pm on Christmas Eve.  Husband and I have been having a very lazy afternoon and shortly I will make something for us to eat, perhaps just a ham sandwich, some cheese (perhaps  slice of Stilton) and some olives, nothing which requires much of an effort to produce and then we will indulge in a slice of Christmas cake – yes, a little early, it’s not Christmas Day until tomorrow, but husband loves Christmas cake and as we’re not hosting any of the Christmas festivities this year, why not cut into our own cake which was made mainly for our own indulgence although family will, of course, eventually have some slices.


All is now ready for the two days of the Christmas celebrations, the house is clean and tidy (well clean-ish and tidy-ish!) and this evening we will cosily enjoy watching a new production of Maigret on TV although I’m always expecting actor, Rowan Atkinson to start making funny faces a la Mr Bean.  He never does but I can’t help but feel that he is sorely tempted!  There is also the first of a series of ten Christmas University Challenge programmes, so we will enjoy those, too.


A new jigsaw puzzle I have bought for when we have seen sufficient television programmes!

It is years since we did a puzzle, will we enjoy it or be bored witless? 

I had a lovely surprise about an hour ago:  a dear friend called with a bouquet of the most beautiful pink and cerise carnations.  Not spray carnations, but lovely long-stemmed carnations which I absolutely love.  I had not heard from her and I was beginning to be concerned that she might not be well. She doesn’t keep good health and I thought she might be really incapacitated.  However, although she isn’t well, her son had brought her in his car specially to bring me the flowers.  How kind is that?  I feel truly humbled that I have such lovely friends, another of whom sent a present today, kindly delivered by her son, another dear woman who has not been in the best of health recently.

And speaking of friends, I would like to say to all of you who read my blog, wherever you are, and especially to those who leave such thoughtful comments, a very big thank you.  Without readers there would be little point in having a blog, and although I can’t offer anything exciting here, just the ordinary day to day happenings of a retired married woman and her husband and the things in which I am interested, I am truly delighted with how my posts have been received and obviously enjoyed by so many people from America to Australia, from Canada to New Zealand, as well as those in the UK.  So a big thank you to all of you.

And finally, as Christmas Day is dawning on the other side of the world, I would like to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas.  May you have a wonderful time, whatever you are doing, whoever you are with, and if you have to travel to be with family and friends, may you have a safe journey to them and again for your return home.

Until next time.




About Margaret Powling

Margaret Powling
Margaret’s main interests are her husband and family, her friends, her home, her garden, writing, literature, architecture, décor, social history, photography, historic houses and gardens, and towns, villages and the countryside. She writes about the things she enjoys: flowers, scent, fine soap, monthly style magazines, and other such small indulgences, such as afternoon tea or simply enjoying her summerhouse with a book. She invites you to enjoy this virtual visit to South Devon, England.

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  1. So happy to hear you are on the mend,although I think I’m going the other way! Coughing well with just a few sniffles! Have been putting vicks on my feet at night and it seems to stop me coughing at night. I am hosting tomorrow for my family(middle son,daughter and partner and my three year old granddaughter and husband)I wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and look forward to reading your blog after Christmas,take care Margaret.

    • Margaret Powling

      I’m sorry to hear you are unwell, Margaret, and you are the second person to mention that putting Vicks on your feet at night helps! I’d never heard of this before, but I’d be willing to try it. Get well soon, and have a lovely Christmas.

  2. Merry Christmas Margaret and Husband from Canada. Your home looks lovely and festive. I so enjoy reading your blog and go to my computer everyday just to check if you have posted. Thank you for making the effort to bring some reality and quiet into this chaotic world.
    All the Very Best for a Happy, Healthy 2018

    Jayne from Vancouver, Canada

    • Margaret Powling

      Hello, Jayne in Vancouver, and thank you for your warm good wishes and I’m delighted you enjoy my blog. I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas and I’ll be posting again before too long.

  3. Happy Christmas to you and your family, I enjoy reading your posts.

  4. Everything looks beautiful, Margaret. I love lamps and mirrors which make a room so welcoming. I was so interested, by the way, to hear that you know Marcia Willett – I have quite a collection of her books and enjoy re-reading them as I can’t always remember what happens (one of the benefits of older age!) A very Happy Christmas to you. Anne

    • Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Anne, for your kind comments re our home. Yes, fairly simple things, like mirrors and lamps can make a room, I think. We have overhead lights, but we rarely have them on, preferring lamps.
      Another Marcia fan. Yes, she’s a very nice person, and I always await her books with eager anticipation. Happy Christmas to you, too, Anne, have a lovely day.

  5. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas holiday. We are about to start our family Christmas celebration (we begin on Christmas Eve), and all is ready. Your home and cake, too look beautiful! Wishing all the best for this blessed season. Merry Christmas, Pat

  6. Your home looks absolutely ready to welcome family and friends:) and the cake looks so delicious, I wish I could have a slice..
    Merry Christmas, again! It has been such a pleasure reading your posts through the year. Here’s to many more in 2018!

    • Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Kavitha. We cut into the cake yesterday, Christmas Eve, just to sample it of course! And yes, even though I say so myself, it is delicious. Happy Christmas to you.

  7. Merry Christmas, Margaret!
    Always look forward to your posts – either from your lovely home or when you are out & about – The Devon Tourist Office should give you a post on The Board.
    Wishing you all the best for the coming New Year.

    • Margaret Powling

      Merry Christmas to you, too, Virginia and thank you for saying you look forward to my posts, both those about things domestic and those for our little excursions in Devon.

  8. Happy Christmas everyone 🙂

    Your home looks beautiful (as always), you have a real talent for putting things together.

    • Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Alison, I do very little really in the way of Christmas decorations, but I find that our sitting room looks festive without too much effort, with just a tree and a garland over the mirror and some flowers and greenery. Happy Christmas to you and yours.

  9. A very Happy Christmas to you Margaret and to all who read along, your posts and comments are something I always look forward to reading. Elaine x

    • Margaret Powling

      And a very Happy Christmas to you, too, Elaine. We have just returned from younger son’s where we spent the day, there were eleven of us and it was lovely. Tired now, but it a good way, and have just watched the Queen’s speech as we were all eating when she was first on TV at 3 pm. I’m so glad you enjoy my posts, Elaine. I will be writing again before too long.

  10. Merry Christmas Margaret. Your home looks wonderfully warm and welcoming, and the cake looks delicious. Have a wonderful time with your family. Xxx

    • Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Dot, and Merry Christmas to you and yours, too. The hearth looks even cosier this evening as we have lit the fire (it’s a living flame gas fire which we’ve had since our house was built, we don’t light it all that often as the central heating keeps us warm, but it’s nice to have it lit sometimes, such as Christmas or on a vehttp://www.margaretpowling.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#comments-formry cold night.) We’ve cut into the cake and it is delicious.

  11. Love the display of cards, Margaret, and everything does look very festive. And the cake looks very impressive. Yes, I too look almost every day to see if you have any new posts, I enjoy your writing and photographs so much. All of my family (children, grandchildren, and partners) went to my youngest’s for Christmas and it was so lovely.

    • Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Ratnamurti … we always hang the cards, using Sellotape on the inside of the card (not on the design on the front) to suspend them from the square arch which is between the sitting and dining areas of our living room. However, some I display around the fireplace (family cards) and others, mainly if they have grey or black colours, close to the black coffee pot, and some others which I just happen to particularly like (if they show a pretty room) on a side table. I’m delighted you enjoy my writing and my photographs, there will be some Christmas ones before the Christmas season is all over, I think. It will be Boxing Day with you now, and still sunny weather. Here, it’s chilly and has been pouring with rain this evening – no white Christmas for us!

  12. Warmest wishes from Sydney. Hope 2018 is a happy, healthy Year for you both.

    • Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Rebecca, and warm wishes to you in Sydney, but perhaps they should be “cool” wishes, considering your high temperatures! I hope you had a lovely Christmas Day and that you will have a happy and healthy New Year, too.

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