Merry Christmas

photo by Bill Carter

Stockings are hung, gifts are wrapped, the fridge is groaning, mince pies and Christmas pudding are ready, Christmas movies watched and books read.

The house smells beautiful, candles are lit everywhere and my children are wrapping presents in the living room.

After a trip to Bath on Monday for some Christmas shopping and a wonderful lunch, we've virtually hibernated this week, just enjoying the holidays, watching Christmas television, baking and loving the fact that we were avoiding the scrum in the shops.

It's been absolutely lovely....
although somehow the germs got in and I have a terrible cough/cold, a raging headache and a nose as red as Rudolph's....blech :(
Still, 48 hours to go, I'll be fine....I hope!  

I wish you a very Merry Christmas wherever you are....
full of love, peace and happiness....and just a little magic.  


  1. Sending Christmas love and wishes to you too Simone. So pleased you achieved what you set our too at the beginning of December; to enjoy every minute. Hope your raging cold doesn't effect the fun too much.
    Kisses xxx

  2. Merry Christmas, it does sound so exciting, I have the fridge full, the presents wraped and we have been right into the christmas spirit here at home.x

  3. You're all set for a very happy Christmas Simone, so I hope you have an extra special one.

  4. Have a very Happy (much anticipated) Christmas! Your week sounds lovely - mine similar although there have been moments of stress and there is ont crucial ingredient missing: my husband! Until he gets home tonight things don't really start in earnest. I'm sure by this time tomorrow I will be utterly excited. Love your pictures here - some really festive ones. Much love Simone, Lou x

  5. Oh Simone!
    I hope you get better!
    If it makes you feel better The 3 of us have colds and we are travelling on Christmas day :-(
    I wish you the best best best ever!
    Please keep going with your blog next year!!
    Love, Eliana

  6. Sending healing prayers and lots of hugs your way, dear Simone. Drink lots of liquids to get that cold/cough gone right away so you can enjoy the holiday with your family. Your lovely week sounded a bit like mine, pretty stress free and wonderful! Thank you for being such a kind and loving friend to all. I am so proud of the work you have done for Barb and Edwin and I look forward to seeing what the New Year brings to us all. Love and many blessings to you, dear friend! xxoo :)

  7. Awwww you always have the best images & lovely things to say. Merry Christmas to you & your family. Lots of Vitamin C & hope you feel better very soon xxxx

  8. Oh all sounds so lovely except your dreadful cold...sending good wishes for a speedy recovery!

    It's been another fab year Simone, have enjoyed my time here...Have a really Merry Christmas darling.
    xxx Deej

  9. Dear,dear Simone:-)*

    Wish you heartwarming,light, absolutely Happy Christmas and New 2012 year!!!

    Thank you so much for you visit and you kind woords,


  10. Merry, merry Christmas Simone......have a wonderful time, full of love and togetherness and I look forward to a new year of lovely posts from you.
    Hope you feel better for the big day.
    With much love,
    Jackie. XXXX

  11. Darling,

    A Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year to you and yours!

    Thank you for a wonderful year of inspiration and friendship.

    Warmest hugs and all my love.

    xx Charlotta

  12. Sending you love and hugs sweet girl ~ take care of that cold ~ banish it from the house ~ hug those littles from their Auntie in Canada and last but not least have a very Merry Christmas. Don't forget to smooch that hubby of yours under the mistletoe once you are feeling better! xoxo

  13. The warmest of Christmas wishes to you & the family sweet Simone. It's very hot here & I'm wrapping pressies in shorts & bare feet & MOTH's just me bought an icy cold beer to keep up my strength! Have a truly magical day tomorrow. See you in 2012.
    Millie xx

  14. Big cinnamon-y hugs to you Simone. I hope by now you're feeling much better and can face Christmas day without a sore throat. Poor you!

    Thanks for sharing so many lovely thoughts and images here and being downright AMAZING! It's nearly midnight on Christmas Eve here and it's hot and muggy. I hope it's snug and warm and cosy where you are and tomorrow is filled with all the people and things you love. Can't wait to see what 2012 brings! Meredy xo

  15. Hope you feel better and have a very happy Christmas! See you in the new year!

  16. It's Christmas Eve and I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for images and words that inspire me!

  17. Your week sounds absolutely divine my friend. Please give your sweet family a big hug for me and know that one of my best gifts this year was spending time with you and Olivia in Paris~ We should make it an annual event!
    Love to you,

  18. Simone, thank you for your encouragement always!

    Wishing you and yours all the best in 2012!


    Art by Karena

  19. This post makes me so happy!! Wishing you a joyous Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!

  20. What a divine post, Simone, as usual. Apart from your unwellness - I hope you're feeling chipper again now! Sending you a huge Hobart ♥ tonight. J x

  21. The fridge is no longer groaning, my stomach is.

  22. Beautiful pictures you found! Merry Christmas! 2012 here we come!

  23. What a lovely post! I hope you and your sweet family had the merriest of Christmases! Sending you wishes of a beautiful and blessed New Year!


  24. happy happy days to you and those beautiful bambinos sweet friend...I've thought of you so often since our do I get a non-flying-that-far-across-the-globe friend on a plane to Sydney!!??

    Lots of love and friendship- I so hope you are feeling better- but I know you will be your gorgeous self no matter how you are feeling- you amaze me like that- it's a trait I adore!

    Love your photos-my heart is so close to so many of those images as you know....

    M xxxxx

  25. Hello dearest Simone! I knew I would find the most inspiring Christmas post here ever, and I did. I just love these gorgeous images. I hope you had the most amazing holiday! Thank you for being a HUGE part of my 2011 and I cannot wait to see all of the beauty you have in store for us here in 2012. Thanks for your constant support also.

    Cheers Simone and much love!!!


  26. Hello my friend,

    I hope that you have had a lovely, warm and joy-filled Christmas! (and that you will feel better in no time!)

    Warmest wishes for you & yours and may 2012 be an amazing year, filled with surprises, happiness, health and love.

    x from your friend,


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