December 2007


And so ends 2007, the year in which I started this blog and made so many wonderful new friends out there in cyberspace. You have all enriched my life in so many ways. You’ve challenged my mind with your posts, you’ve helped me with my tech problems, you’ve taught me so much about your different worlds, you’ve entertained me with your humour. Some of you have shared your poetry and stories and your beautiful paintings and photographs. You’ve welcomed me into your lives and shared your innermost thoughts and I am grateful to each and every one of you.

I wish you all health, happiness and prosperity for 2008 and being half Scottish, I’ll close with the words of Rabbie Burns in Auld Lang Syne and make a toast (non-alcoholic, of course) to you all.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak a right guid willy waught,
For auld lang syne.

or for the linguistically challenged English speakers

And there is a hand, my trusty friend!
And give me a hand of yours!
And we will take a right good-will drink,
For old long past.

Eddi Reader, Scottish singer/songwriter, in a very different version of Auld Lang Syne

NB: Words and translation from the World Burns Club

And so ends 2007, the year in which I started this blog and made so many wonderful new friends out there in cyberspace. You have all enriched my life in so many ways. You’ve challenged my mind with your posts, you’ve helped me with my tech problems, you’ve taught me so much about your different worlds, you’ve entertained me with your humour. Some of you have shared your poetry and stories and your beautiful paintings and photographs. You’ve welcomed me into your lives and shared your innermost thoughts and I am grateful to each and every one of you.

I wish you all health, happiness and prosperity for 2008 and being half Scottish, I’ll close with the words of Rabbie Burns in Auld Lang Syne and make a toast (non-alcoholic, of course) to you all.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak a right guid willy waught,
For auld lang syne.

or for the linguistically challenged English speakers

And there is a hand, my trusty friend!
And give me a hand of yours!
And we will take a right good-will drink,
For old long past.

Eddi Reader, Scottish singer/songwriter, in a very different version of Auld Lang Syne

NB: Words and translation from the World Burns Club

Apart from the religious aspect, I think that Christmas is for children. They are the ones whose eyes sparkle on Christmas morning as they see presents under the tree and their Christmas stockings filled with all kinds of delightful surprises. They still have the wonder and joy of it all and it is truly lovely to see it.

This year, my granddaughter, who alternates Christmas celebrations either in Italy with her nonni or Italian grandparents or with us here, came with her parents to spend it in Vancouver. Being what I call the perfect age, four years old, she made Christmas day very special for us. She was not so excited that she was up at dawn, thank goodness. She had written a letter, with the help of her mother, to tell Santa that she was going to be in Vancouver for the celebration and he had replied that he would remember that. She played happily in the family room until her uncle came over at about 11 am and then we moved to the living room with the tree and the gifts.

It is a long standing family tradition to play the Luciano Pavarotti O Holy Night collection while opening presents. We used to have the record, but now I have a CD. It still sends shivers down my spine, after all these years. Stockings are a very big thing in our household and they always contain colourful underwear, sox, books, a huge Toblerone and a Terry’s chocolate orange along with assorted other small things. We get so carried away with buying little things for each other that sometimes the goodies will not fit into the stocking.

As you can see the little miss has a very large stocking, absolutely stuffed, with a new red hat holding in the overflow.

With her Mum looking on, she explores the bottom to see what else is in there

Her Nanna, namely me, gave her a red dress to wear for the celebratory dinner
along with some tights, decorated with cats

With nine for dinner on Christmas Day I only had time to take a
photo of the table and not the food

Dinner is a very traditional meal, with turkey and cranberry sauce, potatoes Romanov, brussels sprouts and other vegetables, Christmas pudding with a Foamy Eggnog Sauce, all made with recipes we have used for more than forty years. The only thing that varies are the appetizers we serve with drinks. We have celebrated Christmas with Scottish friends for these past forty years, alternating houses each year.

Another celebratory meal at our house during the holidays is with longstanding friends and it always features Prime Rib Roast and this for dessert.

English Trifle, this year Raspberry and was it ever good.

I’m sorry that I was too busy cooking and serving to take photos of the food as Welshcakes does, but it was a very enjoyable season for us with our daughter and family joining us.

I’m also sorry that I haven’t been able to visit my favourite blog friends very much at this busy time of the year. There are some intrepid bloggers out there who are not taking a break, but I will be back in the near future to touch bases with you. I hope you all enjoyed this special time of the year with family or friends.

Soon it will be another new year and my how they fly at my age. May I wish for each of you a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year for 2008.

Apart from the religious aspect, I think that Christmas is for children. They are the ones whose eyes sparkle on Christmas morning as they see presents under the tree and their Christmas stockings filled with all kinds of delightful surprises. They still have the wonder and joy of it all and it is truly lovely to see it.

This year, my granddaughter, who alternates Christmas celebrations either in Italy with her nonni or Italian grandparents or with us here, came with her parents to spend it in Vancouver. Being what I call the perfect age, four years old, she made Christmas day very special for us. She was not so excited that she was up at dawn, thank goodness. She had written a letter, with the help of her mother, to tell Santa that she was going to be in Vancouver for the celebration and he had replied that he would remember that. She played happily in the family room until her uncle came over at about 11 am and then we moved to the living room with the tree and the gifts.

It is a long standing family tradition to play the Luciano Pavarotti O Holy Night collection while opening presents. We used to have the record, but now I have a CD. It still sends shivers down my spine, after all these years. Stockings are a very big thing in our household and they always contain colourful underwear, sox, books, a huge Toblerone and a Terry’s chocolate orange along with assorted other small things. We get so carried away with buying little things for each other that sometimes the goodies will not fit into the stocking.

As you can see the little miss has a very large stocking, absolutely stuffed, with a new red hat holding in the overflow.

With her Mum looking on, she explores the bottom to see what else is in there

Her Nanna, namely me, gave her a red dress to wear for the celebratory dinner
along with some tights, decorated with cats

With nine for dinner on Christmas Day I only had time to take a
photo of the table and not the food

Dinner is a very traditional meal, with turkey and cranberry sauce, potatoes Romanov, brussels sprouts and other vegetables, Christmas pudding with a Foamy Eggnog Sauce, all made with recipes we have used for more than forty years. The only thing that varies are the appetizers we serve with drinks. We have celebrated Christmas with Scottish friends for these past forty years, alternating houses each year.

Another celebratory meal at our house during the holidays is with longstanding friends and it always features Prime Rib Roast and this for dessert.

English Trifle, this year Raspberry and was it ever good.

I’m sorry that I was too busy cooking and serving to take photos of the food as Welshcakes does, but it was a very enjoyable season for us with our daughter and family joining us.

I’m also sorry that I haven’t been able to visit my favourite blog friends very much at this busy time of the year. There are some intrepid bloggers out there who are not taking a break, but I will be back in the near future to touch bases with you. I hope you all enjoyed this special time of the year with family or friends.

Soon it will be another new year and my how they fly at my age. May I wish for each of you a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year for 2008.

Apart from the religious aspect, I think that Christmas is for children. They are the ones whose eyes sparkle on Christmas morning as they see presents under the tree and their Christmas stockings filled with all kinds of delightful surprises. They still have the wonder and joy of it all and it is truly lovely to see it.
This year, my granddaughter, who alternates Christmas celebrations either in Italy with her nonni or Italian grandparents or with us here, came with her parents to spend it in Vancouver. Being what I call the perfect age, four years old, she made Christmas day very special for us. She was not so excited that she was up at dawn, thank goodness. She had written a letter, with the help of her mother, to tell Santa that she was going to be in Vancouver for the celebration and he had replied that he would remember that. She played happily in the family room until her uncle came over at about 11 am and then we moved to the living room with the tree and the gifts.
It is a long standing family tradition to play the Luciano Pavarotti O Holy Night collection while opening presents. We used to have the record, but now I have a CD. It still sends shivers down my spine, after all these years. Stockings are a very big thing in our household and they always contain colourful underwear, sox, books, a huge Toblerone and a Terry’s chocolate orange along with assorted other small things. We get so carried away with buying little things for each other that sometimes the goodies will not fit into the stocking.

As you can see the little miss has a very large stocking, absolutely stuffed, with a new red hat holding in the overflow.

With her Mum looking on, she explores the bottom to see what else is in there

Her Nanna, namely me, gave her a red dress to wear for the celebratory dinner
along with some tights, decorated with cats

With nine for dinner on Christmas Day I only had time to take a
photo of the table and not the food

Dinner is a very traditional meal, with turkey and cranberry sauce, potatoes Romanov, brussels sprouts and other vegetables, Christmas pudding with a Foamy Eggnog Sauce, all made with recipes we have used for more than forty years. The only thing that varies are the appetizers we serve with drinks. We have celebrated Christmas with Scottish friends for these past forty years, alternating houses each year.

Another celebratory meal at our house during the holidays is with longstanding friends and it always features Prime Rib Roast and this for dessert.


English Trifle, this year Raspberry and was it ever good.

I’m sorry that I was too busy cooking and serving to take photos of the food as Welshcakes does, but it was a very enjoyable season for us with our daughter and family joining us.

I’m also sorry that I haven’t been able to visit my favourite blog friends very much at this busy time of the year. There are some intrepid bloggers out there who are not taking a break, but I will be back in the near future to touch bases with you. I hope you all enjoyed this special time of the year with family or friends.

Soon it will be another new year and my how they fly at my age. May I wish for each of you a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year for 2008.


The Adoration of the Magi
Fra Angelico and Fillipo Lippi

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

To everyone who is celebrating this feast, may I wish you and your families a very Happy and Holy Christmas.

From Handel’s Messiah the wonderful chorus, For unto us a child is born.

The Adoration of the Magi
Fra Angelico and Fillipo Lippi

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

To everyone who is celebrating this feast, may I wish you and your families a very Happy and Holy Christmas.

From Handel’s Messiah the wonderful chorus, For unto us a child is born.


Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus

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