Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Snowflakes and Figgy Pudding

Snowflakes spill from heaven’s hand 
Lovely and chaste like smooth white sand. 
A veil of wonder laced in light
Falling gently on a winters night.
Graceful beauty raining down 
Giving magic to the lifeless ground.
Each snowflake like a falling star 
Smiling beauty that’s spun afar. 
Till the earth is dressed in a robe of white
Unspoken poem the hush of night. 
~Linda A. Copp~
We had our first significant snowfall one night this week and I have to say it was a beautiful winter wonderland outside the next morning. 
The rosemary continues to flourish even after a couple of frosts and almost a foot of snow on it. I used some to sprinkle on a tray of roasted root vegetables for dinner.
An early Christmas present arrived by courier and I was delighted to find the Holiday Tea Collection plus a couple other varieties from our oldest daughter. I highly recommend the Roasted Chestnut. 
 I saw a gorgeous purple wreath on FB and decided to enhance the one a friend made for me.
What do you think, too much purple? I'll keep looking at it until speaks of overkill or thanks for the extra frills. 
In the kitchen the ceramic tree I made back in the 70's contributes to the season's twinkling lights and you can see the snow is dwindling as I type. Not to worry, more is on the way and I enjoy afternoon tea all cozy inside while watching the twirling flakes outside.
Today while I wrapped a few presents Topaz had a snooze in his bed with a shaft of sunbeams dancing over his face. #magicmoment
Fresh figs don't show up at our grocery store very often but when a case of 15 was on sale for $10 I hurried in to snap one up. I cut them in half to eat but thoughts of 'figgy pudding' crossed my mind.  #simplepleasures


  1. Lovely photos, Judith!
    Of course, there isn't such thing as "too much purple". :)
    Your ceramic tree is one of the loveliest Christmas ornaments I have seen, and reading the word "figgy pudding" made a Christmas song play in my head.
    Thank you for the wonderfully Christmassy post! :)

  2. Your wreath is gorgeous! Wouldn't it look beautiful on my lavender house! I'll have to keep this in mind for next year! I would love to share a cup of tea with you too! What a nice gift! Hugs Sis!

  3. Enjoy the snow, the first day is always the best though!

  4. So nice to have an own made ceramic tree, it is beautiful and an annual recurring object of Christmas fun. Your purple wreath looks beautiful too and I really love that snozing Topaz. You were lucky to find these figs so cheap, figgy pudding sounds delicious. Figs are not often offered in our greengrocers shops too, they are a real sfpecial treat.
    Regards, Janneke

  5. Your wreath is beautiful and the 'frills' enhance it perfectly. It's not overdone. The early Christmas present of holiday teas from Murchies is lovely. Perfect for sipping tea as the snow falls. We've only had one snow flurry with no accumulation a couple of Saturdays ago. I'm hoping it holds off until Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas to you and your family! ~ Phyllis

  6. My youngest grandson asked for figgy pudding a few years ago. I made it and I ended up eating most of it as my family didn't really like it! Your wreath is beautiful! Merry Christmas to you!

  7. Your wreath is pretty! I have never had a fresh fig...I know that I am missing something. And figgy pudding? Never have had that either! Oh your ceramic tree is reminding me that I have one packed away somewhere...must go looking! I think I am ready for a nightstand tree.

  8. What a sweet doggy snooze, just perfect for those cold wintry days! We haven't got a first snowfall yet here, but they are saying it will happen tomorrow, we shall see! Love the purple wreath, and the tea gift sounds wonderful, how lovely to enjoy! Hugs to you today :)

  9. I love your wreath and you've inspired me to embellish mine with plum/purple colors.

    Your snowfall was pretty.

    I've never had figgy pudding. I like dried figs and fig newton cookies.

    Your ceramic Christmas tree looks sweet.

    Happy Christmas holidays ~ FlowerLady

  10. I have never had fresh figs just dried ones. The fresh ones look luscious!

  11. Such beautiful wreaths, Judith and I am so jealous of your snowfall, although Topaz has the right idea if you ask me!...:)JP

  12. Just love the words from Linda A Copp, lovely way to start your post.
    Your wreath looks really good.

    We haven't got our decorations out yet - hopefully this weekend we will!

    Enjoy this special time of year

    All the best Jan

  13. Your wreath looks beautifully enhanced, Judith! All your teas sound scrumptious, and what a thoughtful gift from your daughter. Topaz looks perfectly content, I must say. Enjoy those fresh figs and your snowfall! Advent blessings are sent to you.

  14. Lovely photos and that wreath is soo pretty . Sweet Topaz snoozing what a cutie . You have lots of snow up there , we are still green for now but may be getting snow later this week as the storm may hit here from the states would be nice to have a bit of snow for visual change and brightness on cloudy dull days , Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

  15. There's no such thing as too much purple! Love the frilly wreath!

    We're still waiting for the first snowfall here...I just installed new snow tires and would like to get some use out of them. Hee!

    The roasted chestnut tea by Murchie's sounds intriguing.

  16. Your wreath is pretty, and the additions are definitely the current trend.

  17. Your wreath is lovely and of course so "you"! Enjoy your figs!!

  18. What a delightful post, Judith. The snow is oh-so-pretty! Our weather channel is calling for snow starting tomorrow and it's supposed to go for a week...we shall see. My son and I are hoping we get a lot of snow for Christmas {{smiles}}

    The wreath is beautiful and so far I'd say there is not too much purple :)

    Have a lovely day! Hugs to you!

  19. Love the photos. The purple wreath is adorable! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  21. Your snow looks so pretty! The purple wreath looks great.

  22. Ahh, the first few snowfalls are always magical, aren't they? Then we tire of the cold and the magic dissipates. Your purple wreath is gorgeous! Love it! I have a little ceramic tree as well, made by a friend, not by me. I tried not putting it out for a year or two, but daughter insisted it had to be displayed, so the tradition continues. Topaz must be resting up for all the excitement of Christmas! πŸŽ„

  23. Lovely photos of things that make one smile in December. We had a magical snowfall this week, too, but it's turned to rain already. The purple wreath looks wonderful!

  24. Hello Judith, love all the pretty photos. Topaz looks cute all curled up, nice and comfy. I do not miss the snow here in Florida but we are having a few chilly mornings. Your wreath is beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  25. We had a snow storm a couple of weeks ago and the snow never went away. Tomorrow they are calling for 10-15 cm so we're going to have a white Christmas this year for sure. It's very cold here right now with a wind chill of minus eighteen. I've never had figgy pudding although I love fig newtons. I wonder if it is anything like plum pudding, which I love? Your Topaz is adorable in his bed! I have a ceramic tree that my son made when he was twelve. I love these decorations we take out year after year; especially those that have a story attached to it. Merry Christmas, Judith!


  26. Hello,Judith,
    You have a beautiful winter with snowfall and your ceramic tree is beautiful! Purple is your color. Your wreath is perfectly beautiful.I like those extra purple ribbons. Merry Christmas,Judith! Thank you for your friendship this year too!

  27. Topaz is adorable! Lovely photos. I love figs and yet I think I've not had a single one in 2016! Must have some soon. And, yes, I'll take a nice bit of figgy pudding as well.

  28. Beautiful purple wreath, Judith. Is it even possible for you to have too much purple?? :) I have an old ceramic tree that I haven't put up in years. It is really old and for the life of me, I don't remember why I stopped getting it out. I need to re-think that next year. Yours is the snow on the branches. Sweet, sweet photo of your Topaz. Can you believe Christmas is almost here??? I'M NOT READY!

  29. What a lovely post, Judith. A gorgeous purple wreath. Your puppy looks so comfy in his beam of sunshine.



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