I just finished sweeping up the last bits of mortar and plaster dust in the house, the consequences of some oddly-timed house projects: a major rebuilding of two of our towering chimneys and some minor plastering and painting in our central hallway. So after I clean myself up, I’ll be ready for the Christmas festivities! I hope that wherever you are, things are a bit more peaceful, and less dusty–and if it is your preference (it certainly is mine), colder: we are expected to hit 7o degrees on this Christmas Eve, 2015. What an odd year, weather-wise, with Snowmaggedon in February and Christmas in July in December–such extremes are portents of the future, I fear. Before everything gets messed up again, I took some pictures of both inside and outside, decorations and scaffolding. We have a great tree this year, if I do say so myself, but as I find it impossible to photograph Christmas trees I’m not sure you will be able to appreciate its glory. You’ll have to trust me. My mantle decorations are the usual excessive winter wonderland installations. I was inspired this year by two particular creatures: an Asiatic dormouse in the form of an Asian export soup tureen dated 1760 I spotted at the Peabody Essex Museum and a Christmas card featuring a drypoint etching of a rabbit by the artist Bruce North from 1996. Nice mice are hard to find though, and the combination of mice and rabbits made my double parlor look a bit nursery-ish, so I mixed it up a bit with foxes and of course, deer.
December 24th, 2015 at 3:28 pm
What a lovely tree and decorations! Thanks for sharing! And thanks for your great blog!
Downright steamy here in Washington DC… I sprayed fake snow on some of my windows. Lower the shades down to the “snow-line” and then you can’t see the dank, damp, rainy world out there! The can says wipes off easily…. we’ll see!
I predict by January-February we may not need such things! 🙂
December 24th, 2015 at 6:02 pm
Gosh if it’s hot here, I can only imagine what DC would feel like! Merry Christmas to you, Laura.
December 24th, 2015 at 6:39 pm
I love the mortar strewn about. It compliments the woodland critters.
December 28th, 2015 at 7:34 pm
Christmas itself was warm enough that we went hiking in the Blue Hills Reservation south of Boston without any jackets.
December 28th, 2015 at 7:49 pm
Oh that must have been fun, Brian. I had to cook all day or I would have done something similar.