Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Farmhouse Holiday--Past & Present
Old glassware is always lovely...
but when you add candlelight, prepare to be enchanted.
This is a little peek at tomorrow's afternoon tea--just the three of us. Dr. Gollum, Young Bandwith-hogging Gollum, and me.
Just a few days ago, we put up the 2008 tree.
Here's the same tree, but in 2006 & 2007:
I've always been fascinated by snowglobes--maybe because I grew up in New Orleans, and I'd only seen snow once, in 1958.
I have a few pictures of Christmases past, so come away with me, way back in time...
Our first year on the farm, I made an unusual dining room centerpiece using glass candlesticks. I arranged them down the length of the table, accenting them with ornaments.
When the afternoon sun hit the glass, it filled the room with a confetti of light.
Here's a closer look.
That December I took a break from writing and went wild.
Magnolias and feathers were woven up the banister. If feathers ever go out of style, and they will, that's TOO BAD. I'm keeping them. Feathers and farms = perfect.
Here's the living room in 2006. Many of you may remember the faux bronze bust, Helena, that I covered in shells. http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com/2008/07/welcome-to-neptunes-beauty-parlor.html
The following year, I found a "Rooster Santa" for Dr. Gollum:
Time just sprinted along, and now we are enjoying our third Christmas on the farm. I wake up very early to write, and I look forward to fiery sunrises
and pink sunsets...
Despite the hectic pace around here, I did manage a bit of whimsy. The little, stumpy gargoyle was a gift. His cousin sits atop Notre Dame Cathedral. Mine is beribboned. Dr. Gollum's contribution was a hardhat. I just love a whimsical fellow who has a sense of comedy and doesn't hesitate to dress a bunny--a guy like that makes life grand.