Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Stocking Exchange

The postman has brought me a parcel full of exciting gifts from my stocking exchange partner Dora at
It includes some pots of jam in flavours I've never had so I look forward to trying chokecherry and huckleberry, we don't get either of those in the UK. There were some equally intriguing sounding flavoured coffees too - my husband has his eye on those:)
Bilbo Baggins thought the little dog ornament looked just like him.

My favourite was the pretty September fairy which is now hanging on my Christmas tree. Thank you Dora for all the lovely things.

The postman also brought me a card from Janet at Just bee-cause.. and just for fun which contained this beautiful hand-made ornament with my name stitched on it, also now on my Christmas tree. Thank you Janet - I just love this.

Finally another moon photograph but this one was taken at about 8am just before the sun rose. It was the one clear morning that we had last week. Another short post but I have another long 'to do' list today. Busy,busy, busy!


Anonymous said...

Bloggers are so kind and generous aren't they. Your stocking from Dora and ornament from Janet are testament to that.
I enjoy your 'moonset' photos Rowan, lovely.
Have a great Sunday and take time to relax too !!

Anonymous said...

Your stocking must have been huge to include all those goodies!! I love the angel. She's beautiful.

I'm so glad you like the ornament. I had fun making it for you....and surprising you! That was the best part.

Kelli said...

What lovely gifts! I love the angel, she is beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

So many wonderful things in your stocking, Rowan! Lovely ornaments!
That moon photo is stunning...


Anonymous said...

Glad to hear your stocking exchange arrived.

Remiman said...

Such wonderful treasures, and from friends recently met. (That is the wonderment of this neighborhood we all inhabit--- on blog street.)

I love the dog and the fairie is beautiful.

I must admit, I usually forget to take my camera out of it's pocket when I'm fortunate to witness the moonsets. Yours, however, capture the moment with visual aplomb!

Anonymous said...

I love your photo of the full is beautiful.
Lovely ornaments too Rowan!
Those surprises are the best...

Anonymous said...

I love your photo of the full is beautiful.
Lovely ornaments too Rowan!
Those surprises are the best...

Daisy Lupin said...

Lovely photograph of the moon, you were lucky to get a clear sky for it. We just have constant rain at the moment. Yes, it is so exciting getting small tokens through the post.

Anonymous said...

I've wanted so often to stop in here and meet you...if I have already I can't recall. Anyway, I find your blog warm and welcoming and I imagine that is the person you are as well. All the wonderful cooking going on and the wreath is lovely. The moon photo is amazing too.
I look forward to coming back here. so lovely to meet you!