Sunday, 10 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 10: Holly and Ivy

The Holly and the Ivy: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers. From the album, "Songs of Angels, Christmas Hymns & Carols."

I'm linking with Julie over at Julie's Scrapbook.  

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 9: Christmas Bauble

In this short clip Rowan Atkinson aka Mr. Bean visits Harrods in search of Christmas ornaments – enjoy!

I'm linking with Julie over at Julie's Scrapbook.  

Friday, 8 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 8: Sleigh

I was going to share a photograph of a sleigh full of toys, but then I remembered this jigsaw puzzle and thought…aha!

It came from a charity shop, so I shouldn’t have been surprised when I found it was missing a few pieces. What confused me was the ‘jigsaw complete’ label attached to the box. It would have made it a whole lot simpler had I realised I was never going to find the tip of the dogs tail or the little bird in the tree!

It took a long time to complete partly because of the missing pieces and partly because it has an iridescent finish which makes it difficult to do in anything other than natural daylight (something we are short of in the winter).  

I still love it even with the missing pieces, especially as the design is by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone.

Photograph of Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone 
from Dean & Son Ltd, via Wikipedia

Janet and Anne were prolific illustrators, and their work is now eagerly collected. I to put together a bibliography of their books back in 2013. It's not been updated for a while, but you will find it here should you be interested.

I'm linking with Julie over at Julie's Scrapbook.    More from my Advent Calendar tomorrow. 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 7: Bells

Ding dong merrily on high, In heav'n the bells are ringing: Ding dong! verily the sky Is riv'n with angel singing Gloria Hosanna in excelsis!

With thanks to Pexels for the image.  (All images licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license).

E'en so here below, below, Let steeple bells be swungen, And "Io, io, io!" By priest and people sungen Gloria Hosanna in excelsis! 

Pray you, dutifully prime
Your matin chime, ye ringers,
May you beautifully rime
Your eve'time song, ye singers
Gloria Hosanna in excelsis!

Title: Ding Dong! Merrily on high
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Lyricist: George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848-1934), English composer.
The carol was first published in 1924 in The Cambridge Carol-Book.
From: The Choral Public Domain Library

I'm linking with Julie over at Julie's Scrapbook.    More from my Advent Calendar tomorrow. 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 6: Robin

Our Thrushes now are silent,
Our Swallows flown away,
But Robin's here, in coat of brown,
With ruddy breast-knot gay.
Robin, Robin Redbreast,
O Robin dear!
Robin singing sweetly
In the falling of the year.

From Robin Redbreast
By William Allingham

With thanks to Pexels for the image.  (All images licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license).

I'm linking with Julie over at Julie's Scrapbook.

The lovely Sue from Extrawurst shared a link to a song by Bing Crosby. As Sue said it’s not White Christmas, and it’s not even seasonal, but she thought I would enjoy it. I’m listening to it as I type this, and I absolutely love it, do have a listen if you have the time. 

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 5: Stained Glass

The bells of waiting Advent ring,
The Tortoise stove is lit again
And lamp-oil light across the night
Has caught the streaks of winter rain
In many a stained-glass window sheen
From Crimson Lake to Hookers Green.

The holly in the windy hedge
And round the Manor House the yew
Will soon be stripped to deck the ledge,
The altar, font and arch and pew,
So that the villagers can say
'The church looks nice' on Christmas Day.

Provincial Public Houses blaze,
Corporation tramcars clang,
On lighted tenements I gaze,
Where paper decorations hang,
And bunting in the red Town Hall
Says 'Merry Christmas to you all'.

And London shops on Christmas Eve
Are strung with silver bells and flowers
As hurrying clerks the City leave
To pigeon-haunted classic towers,
And marbled clouds go scudding by
The many-steepled London sky.

And girls in slacks remember Dad,
And oafish louts remember Mum,
And sleepless children's hearts are glad.
And Christmas-morning bells say 'Come!'
Even to shining ones who dwell
Safe in the Dorchester Hotel.

And is it true,
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained-glass window's hue,
A Baby in an ox's stall ?
The Maker of the stars and sea
Become a Child on earth for me?

And is it true? For if it is,
No loving fingers tying strings
Around those tissued fripperies,
The sweet and silly Christmas things,
Bath salts and inexpensive scent
And hideous tie so kindly meant,

No love that in a family dwells,
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple-shaking bells
Can with this single Truth compare -
That God was man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine.

Christmas: John Betjeman.  From John Betjeman's 'Collected Poems', published by John Murray.

With thanks to Pexels for the images (All images licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license).  The Dorchester Hotel image from Moments Blog: Dorchester Hotel.

The poem 'Christmas' by John Betjeman performed by Lance Pierson

I'm linking with Julie over at Julie's Scrapbook.  
More from my Advent Calendar tomorrow.
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