This is the wreath that I made for the front of the house - total cost £2.50 for the moss base, the yew, ivy and variegated holly came from the garden and the berried holly is from my secret holly bush! The berries are all real which is why they aren't evenly spread. I've never ever seen so many berries on a holly before.
The ribbon and the fake Christmas roses have been going for years, whatever they cost originally I have more than had my money's worth.
The ingredients for chocolate truffle torte a la Delia Smith.
This is how it goes into the freezer, when it's served it is turned out so that the crushed amaretti biscuits are on the top - it's incredibly rich and incredibly good.
Just out of the oven, this will eventually be...
..this - a chocolate log. Even the recipe says that it will crack as it is rolled up and in all the years I've made it I've never managed to roll it up without this happening!
Cabbage au gratin ready to freeze for Christmas Eve dinner - the boef bourguignon is still on the 'to do' list.
These are yesterday's effort, first of all I made the marzipan and put it on the cake to dry out for several days before it is iced.
This is one of the boys' old sledges, I pile it with holly - green, variegated and on top berried branches, then it has a red ribbon and small white lights. Photo doesn't do it justice. It's my favourite thing.
This wreath is on the back door now but I had to take the picture indoors because the porch is too small for me to get far enough away. I prefer this to the other one, it's simpler, I use whips from my willow tree wired together to form a circle then add just holly and ivy with the bells and the big red ribbon.
Now for the Meme which Cate from Beyond The Fields We Know tagged me for, it's a list of favourite Christmas carols but like Cate, I've expanded it to include Christmas songs as well.
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
In the Bleak Midwinter - mostly because it was my mum's favourite.
Three Kings From Persian Lands Afar - this isn't all that well known but has a lovely tune.
The Holly and The Ivy - top of my list really with its strong connection to the Winter Solstice.
The theme song from the animated film The Snowman sung by Aled Jones
Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire.
Actually, I like most carols, I grew up singing them every year and what I really like is to hear the familiar tunes played by a brass band and not sung at all.One of the traditional English things of this time of year is hearing the Salvation Army bands playing in pretty well every town centre. The Sally Army do a lot of good work and I always contribute to their collection. No tags but do it if you want to.