Sunday, 21 December 2014

Blessed Yule

Ice candle

Ice candle
Merry Winter Solstice.

All I managed to make to celebrate the shortest day today is this ice candle as unfortunately my frozen suncatchers didn't turn out as planned and the sun didn't really come out today anyway in order to take pictures. 
We did however go for a lovely walk by the sea today where the sky had turned all shades of red and pink, but as I wasn't expecting such great colours on an elsewise rather miserable day I didn't take my camera.

I hope you all enjoyed today and look forward to the return of the sun.


Saturday, 6 December 2014

St Nikolaus was here

Although the little man is too little to understand we've been introducing some German traditions already such as celebrating St Nikolaus day today.

Traditionally in Germany kids would clean their boots and put them outside their room on the evening of 5 December in the hope that St Nikolaus will fill them with some goodies (if they have been good). If they have been bad they will find coals in them the next day. Typically Nikolaus would bring some chocolates, nuts and fruit like he did for me on a plate (which is also traditional).

St Nikolaus plate

As the little man isn't eating solids yet and certainly wouldn't be having any nuts or chocolates he got some presents: a pair of boots (as he didn't have any to leave out for St Nikolaus), an English Christmas book, a CD with German Christmas songs and a little police car.

presents from St Nikolaus

And what better way to get into the spirit of the festive season and to celebrate today than with a traditional St Nikolaus children's song. Enjoy!

Friday, 5 December 2014

Birthday walk

It's my Birthday and the weather has been kind. Although it's been bitter cold all day - the kind of cold that makes it feel like your nose is going to freeze from the inside - the sun's been shining, so we got wrapped up warm and went for a lovely walk.

Birthday walk

Birthday walk

Birthday walk

Birthday walk