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ding dong merrily on high

Wed 12th, Dec, 2012

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Outside it’s warm and bright and blue and sunshine-y.

On our old deck there is a tree by the door, red ribbon and shells.

I have been Christmas shopping with Miss Beach Cottage…we tried on Guns & Roses tee shirts and teeny tiny shorts.  We bought the shorts.  They were not for me.

There has been a lot of Christmas-y stuff here…though I haven’t wrapped a single present – probs because I don’t yet have a single present to wrap.

I feel strangely calm re this.

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I see on Instagram that the Old Country is covered in white, freezing cold and very pretty.

I feel strangely homesick about this.  But not that much.

Barley got a Christmas suit.

We went to church and sang carols.

I am thinking about vintage crochet and yoga and spirituality.  I feel strangely good about this.

Do you like my door?

Over and out.

Sarah

p.s. Barley hasn’t bought any presents either, but he has been blogging at his fan page here x

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28 Responses to “ding dong merrily on high”

  1. I think being strangely calm is a good way to be :)

  2. HRH Sarah says:

    I heart your door very much :)
    Here in VA, USA things are cold and gray again, and I haven’t done a bit of Christmas shopping yet. I know that this should cause panic in my heart, but I’m saving that for next week ;)

    • sarah says:

      oh I like it that someone else is the same as me…though really I am hoping to get it all done in one swoop and be done with it all! x

  3. shirl' anderson says:

    I’ve only bought 2 gifts for my nieces. Ha!…and I feel a bit calm about it too! Love the door!

  4. tabby says:

    Love the shells in the pot with the tree. Nice touch! – best, tamara

  5. Selby says:

    Love the door & love the little tree in a pot with shells& big red beautiful bow.

    And would love a lend of a scrap of calm if you have any little extra bits around:)

  6. Mimi says:

    I love the aqua door with the red ribbon on the wreath —- Really pops!

  7. I love the color of your door – it makes me want to go out and paint my door. I know you mentioned it when you painted the door, but would love a color suggestion.

    I haven’t done any Christmas shopping yet. Not panicking about it – I only have to buy for two people – my son and my husband, and we have talked about doing one large gift for the both of them, which my husband will take care of buying, so maybe I won’t have to do any shopping!

  8. Yes indeed I do like your door Calm Sarah. And I must say I think I actually do a better job of shopping when left til the last minute…no time to hum and hah about things….just grab and run…..that’s my excuse anyway!!….xx

  9. alison says:

    I loved the story that went with your door.

    I’ve bought one present online. I only have to buy 7 more presents and I’m not that worried either. I decorated today by putting out 6 large Christmas decorations. Done in less than 5 minutes. Sounds a bit pathetic I know but I have a lot going on at the moment.

    What does everyone think about sending Christmas cards? I like to send a card to my two UK friends but after that I start to question the tradition. It’s not the money or the time. I don’t know what it is but I’m a bit over it.

    alison

    • sarah says:

      I haven’t sent them for years, I think it is a bit ridiculous now when I Facetime with my friends overseas…I know that some think a card is a nice thing to receive but really I don’t see the point, especially as anything decent is SO expensive in Australia x

  10. Anonymous says:

    I don’t like your door Sarah….. I LOOOOVVVVEEEE your door! This is by far the nicest christmas front of the house(as I put it) set up I have laid eyes on so far(and there has been way too many!)…Gorgeous… I am hoping that by this time next year I will be rocking such a lovely festive (not to mention mighty elegant and coastal) look in my new front of the house (plans are being drawn up this week – finally!).

    Re…Calm is good. I laughed when I read the whole present situation because the same strange thought (though I have presies to wrap)occured to me last night as I was drifting off to sleep.. I haven’t got anything done (including overseas cards)and I am strangely calm about it all…

    I hope you don’t mind but I think I will be painting my new door the same colour….

    • Alice says:

      whoops this comment was moi! lol

      • sarah says:

        Alice I haven’t done overseas cards for years…!

        thanks for the lovely comments on my door, I was quite pleased with it…I shopped the house for it all apart from the tree which I bought because it can be planted in the garden, though actually I quite like it in that pot on the front deck x

        • Alice says:

          Yeah…the whole overseas cards….It’s mostly for all my aunts and uncles plus grandmother..They don’t use/have internet…. I also don’t do face book (it’s a trust thing…something about the guy that started it all just puts me off)…

          Yes the tree was an excellent touch Sarah. I didn’t realise it was real! lol The fact that it is real is the cherry on top of the delicious cream that tops the panatone ;)…

          • sarah says:

            hmm I have a panetone in my hand right now :-)

            I meant Facetime (not Facebook) on my iphone…too easy to talk on there ;-)

  11. Rukmini Roy says:

    So pretty Sarah..unlike you I have never had a Christmas where it snowed. Ever. But I do miss my home in the hills and the cackling fire…chicken soup..blankets…dad….

  12. Stacey (harrimar) says:

    Hi Sarah, I don’t think i’m going to send any cards overseas again, expecially due to how expensive cards and postage is. I signed up with Jacquie Lawson animated e-cards and I have sent all this years birthday, anniversary, Easter etc.. cards out this way, it really saves time and money & they now receive the card on time! (I was always too late posting them out & they always got them way past the actual day) Feeling very smug because I am reducing my carbon footprint….. (tho, I will probably blow that out of the water by taking a flight to England next year!) ; )
    xo

    • sarah says:

      yes I agree and the last thing I took to the post office was a small parcel and VERY light – Australia Post charged me $80 to send it overseas, I couldn’t believe it and won’t do it again…online from now on…x

  13. Karen says:

    The blue was such the most perfect colour as it makes the Xmas colours pop! Looks really pretty! Are we going to get a fashion special soon with hot pants?!? Seeing as its the Aussie summer and all…. :) x

    • sarah says:

      haha very funny, errrm if I can find a model who is 10 years younger than me you will..it not it’s a no ;-)

  14. Jos says:

    I feel very un-chrismassy this year – calm but not festive. Think the year has done me in and I just need hammock time and endless cups of tea that morph into vino when the time is right!!!!

  15. janita says:

    Sarah….. your Door is DELIGHTFUL l!!!

    singing carols induces a calm spirit…. the presents always seem to find themselves under the tree on Christmas eve….. Delight in the reason for the Season, A Savior has come . Calm just means you have it all in perspective.
    Have a wonderful Christmas blessed with much love and Joy! janita

  16. Kate (Oxford UK) says:

    Yup – it’s frosty and cold and really rather Christmassy here in Oxford.

    I’m all done! Have been for several weeks – but just because we’ve had builders here since September and next week we will have two new bedrooms and the kitchen of my dreams! I always knew December would be busy with plastering, painting, sorting, fitting, carpets etc so needed to get ahead on the Christmas organisation. No tree up yet though :( There’s just no room at the moment!

    Kate x

    PS – Santa has just delivered me a huge box with a Rangemaster label on it – cranberry red!

  17. rosemary says:

    Love your door Sarah!