Friday, 14 November 2014

Countdown begins

I'm in full Christmas mode! ... The decorations may not be up here yet, but that hasn't stopped me getting in the mood.

I thought I'd share a couple of recent events with you ... first up, is something that is very very special to me.  It belonged to my Mum and its where she wrote down every year, who she sent and received cards from.  I suppose its become a bit of a tradition, as its something I've always done too, since I got married.

As you can see, she started it in 1964 (a fabulous year, I must say) and wrote in it every year until the end. And then I took over the book. 

I love looking back through it and seeing her writing ... I can almost hear her now asking me to find out when the last posting dates to Australia and the USA are.

Next, I realised I hadn't shared some of the photos I took when visiting the Christmas departments in Libertys and Fortnums.

I must admit, I wanted to see the Christmas store at Liberty after watching the tv show.

We were lucky as we got there nice and early and it wasn't too busy ... but boy, by the time we left, it was packed.

Next was my all time favorite store .. Fortnum and Mason.  I just love it there, and their Christmas department didn't disappoint. It was a WOW with capital letters.

Lastly we called into Cath Kidston ... well, it would have been rude not too.

Can't believe I'm actually saying this ... but sorry, I don't like their Christmas prints this year.

So there you have it, a little glimpse into how I'm starting my Christmas this year ... and what did I buy?

Not a lot! ... I was very restrained. As you see, I have a slight obsession with bottle brush trees.

Have a lovely weekend all, and I hope to be back with a Me on a Monday post.


  1. Wow wow wow Sandra !! Oh I want one of those glitter tea pots !!

    Sandra would you email me at hairdi@thedoghousemail with your address please....I want to put you in my christmas book. if thats OK ??

    hugs Diane xx

    1. I've missed .com at end of email...DOH....

  2. Love that address book Sandra - how wonderful to ave all your Mum's notes and then to add your own. Love your photos of the Christmas departments.

  3. What a beautiful and special; book - you know, I might even start the same tradition for myself this year ...

  4. How very special for you to have that lovely book and how wonderful that you're carrying on the tradition.

  5. What a treasure to have.
    Beautiful photos.
    Toni xx

  6. Oh Sandra, what a wonderful thing to have. It's a really special Christmas souvenir (Souvenir? not quite the word, I can't think of the right one..) I love it.

    And I love the photos of the shops. I'd like to see Liberty in real life after watching the tv programme

  7. How lovely that you now have the book - funnily my Mum does the same and I do too. Thanks for sharing your lovely festive photographs.

  8. I think it's amazing that you still have and use your mum's book xx

  9. Those stores would certainly put anyone in the Christmas mood! We're gearing up for a trip to celebrate Robbie's birthday & Thanksgiving, but I've also been working on my Christmas card & gift list for the year. What a wonderful treasure to have that book filled through the years!

  10. What a fabulous book to have. And those pictures of Christmas wares, along with a bit of snow here and a cold artic blast are beginning to get me in the Christmas spirit as well.

  11. Oh Sandra. What a treasure you have there. It must be so nice to see your mums writing every year. I have card lists...scattered around in different books x


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