Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Joy of Family !

Hello again,

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas season. Can you believe another year has slipped away?

We had a wonderful time with our family gathered around for a few different events this Christmas season. I have always enjoyed having a big family but never more then at Christmas time. Although the days of excited little voices in the early hours of Christmas morning are gone(too quickly) I still love to have our now grown children arrive some with little ones in tow for fun,food and laughter! With seven children,five children in laws and nine grandchildren -we can make this old house rock!

some new Christmas china from my sweet husband.

My oldest daughter gave me this pretty lamp for Christmas

We had a green Christmas this year -unless you count a fine dusting of white powder but last night we had a storm roll in giving us some high winds and colder temperatures with some snow..

I am hoping that you too experienced the joy of family or loved ones this holiday season!



Bernideen said...

I was thinking what a"gift" your blog is - I look forward to visiting and always leave rested!

Garden Cats + Crafts said...

Dear Caroly,
I wish you a happy and healthy New Year 2010 !!!
xoxo Birgit

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

What a lovely Christmas you enjoyed Carolyn, and what a sweetie your dear husband is! That kind of gift would make me very, very happy. :)

Thank you for opening your beautiful home and gardens to us. I agree with Bernideen; your blog truly IS a wonderful gift to all of us. Thank you for sharing.

I'm wishing you and your family all the best in 2010!

Anonymous said...

What wonderful gifts you got. I hope you have a Happy New Year and a Safe one.


Sanna - My Blueberry House said...

Hi Carolyn,

Lovely Christmas gifts. Hope you had a wonderful time with your family.

After many years of green Christmases, we are so lucky to finally have loads of snow. Today was such a beautiful day.

Happy New Year!

Rhondi said...

Hi Carolyn
I'm glad you had a wonderful Chrisymas with your large family. The china your husband gave you is so pretty and I'm sure you have already enjoyed a cup of tea in it!
Hope you have a healthy and prosperous new year.
Hugs, Rhondi

Millie said...

The china is so lovely,and I'm sure you will always associate it with the wonderful family time you had this Christmas.
Have a great New Year, and keep those gorgeous photos coming!

Sarah said...

Carolyn, I agree with comments above that your blog is a "gift". Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and gardens so generously. Glad you and your family enjoyed the holidays together. The new red china is fab! Lucky you!!! ~ Sarah

Susan said...

Your Christmas gifties are lovely, Carolyn. And your blog is one of my all time favorites. Great pictures! Sincerely, Susan from

Naturegirl said...

Carolyn the Joy of family is the best Christmas gift one could have!
I can see that you have many blessings to be joyful about!
Beautiful warm post.
Wishing you a Happy New Year!
hugs aNNa xo

Favourite Vintage Finds said...

I love your charming blog! Wishing you a new year filled with happiness!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Dear Carolyn, you always have beautiful photos to be shared here.. and I adored your home.. all so beautiful! Happy New Year & Many happy returns!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Carolyn....So glad you had a wonderful holiday with your family! Happy New Year!~Hugs, Patti

TQ said...

Hello Carolyn,

Your Christmas with family and friends sounds so lovely and a house filled with little feet always makes for warm and memorable times for all, and your dishes look so pretty.

A few months back, just after entering the blog-world, I happened upon your blog and since, (for me) both it and you have been true inspirations. Your home is so beautifully warm and inviting. Thank you so much for sharing it with everyone.

My stepmother has told me so much about P.E.I and this summer I will be there attending my father’s 90th Birthday party, so I will be able to see first-hand all the beauty I have been hearing so much about.

As I read somewhere recently, and sorry I do not who wrote it first and I am paraphrasing here, but it goes something like “some use paint and a brush to create, others use words, or clay, a chisel or camera, but some others, the lucky ones- create by making a house a home” and that Carolyn is what you do so aptly ...

Again, I would like to take this opportunity to say, Thank You for sharing; your blog, it truly is a delight!

I wish you all the best in the coming year 2010- good health, heaps of love and joy and lots of fun.

Kathy said...

Your posts are a thing of beauty and inspiration Carolyn, what wonderful gifts, I love the tea set and lamp equally, your family obviously share your love of beautiful treasures, wishing you a very happy new year, Kathy.

June said...

yes Carolyn, it is wonderful to have all the family home for the holidays. No greater joy to me than having all my babies home again under one roof.
Your images of reds are beautiful today.

Fluitenkruid said...

I wish you a very happy and healthy new year!

MariaPar said...

Happy New Year !!

Islandsparrow said...

Such a pretty lamp and china! Glad you had a wonderful time with your sweet family over Christmas. I can imagine your house filled to the brim with love, laughter and all the excitement of your little grands!

Happy New year to you, Andrew and the family. Let's have tea once all the celebrations have quieted down :)

Reginas Cottage said...

dear carolyn,
what a wonderful gift i like also red china.thanks for sharing us.
i wish you and your family a happy new year!!!!

*Ulrike* said...

What beautiful gifts you received. I really like the red! I wish you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Take Care

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Carolyn
I have enjoyed reading your blog this year and love your decor.
Wishing you a happy and healthy new year.

Anonymous said...

Caroyln.. my dear I just love the new look on your blog!! Easy load in too. But best of all, you are a great composer of photography my dear.. clear crisp yet subtle and soft, the light balance .. okies okies.. so this must be a natural gift my dear..

I soo wanted to wish you a very Happy New Year and many blessing abound!

With love,

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

What a sweet husband you have! I love your china and your daughter must be a sweetie too. Love your lamp!

The Tablescaper said...

I've just come across your blog and love it. What a beautiful sentiment. I'll be back!

- The Tablescaper

Eileen said...

Beautiful, heartfelt sentiments!
Blessings in the New Year!
All the best,

Monica said...

What fabulous Christmas gift you received, Carolyn! We had a snowy Christmas, and the garden is still in its white beauty to greet the New Year!
Hugs and Happy 2010!

cathleen said...

Carolyn, I was watching Anne of Green Gables the other night and they were using toile cups and saucers like yours. Every single time they would sip tea I would think of you. Prince Edward Island and toile....always makes me think of you now...and that's a good thing because your blog always fills me with serenity. Have a lovely New Year.

Wildfell said...

Happy New Year to you and your family.Eva from Hungary

Anonymous said...

Hello Caroline,
We had a quiet Christmas. Our children & their families all live far away. Thank goodness for phone calls and emails!
I'm happy you had a wonderful time with your family.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful New Year!