Last night I went and watched the old geezer's band playing at a pub in town. They go down well at New Year, because they play a lot of Irish jigs, which always gets people up and dancing.
See them here and here.
And today I've put away all the Christmas decs. I would normally leave them out longer, because our holiday season is quite short here - but I really feel the need to get on.
And I decided to do a little post Christmas mantle - inspired as always by blogland
and the many ever-changing mantle vignettes.
It normally looks like this -
But now it looks like this -
I used the white twigs I had added to my wreath. The larger topiary trees that I made about 15 years ago, were here anyway. The smaller ones are from my little office. I made them from eucalyptus leaves and put them in little metal pots that have a lovely patina.
An old chess board and some fir cones finish it off.
But I felt I wanted something else (there definately ain't no minimalist here either), went to my office and saw the candle sconces.
As I have mentioned before - it is rather full, but I am trying to find the right place for everything.
They were one of the things that I first painted white when we sold the cafe - and why I named this blog the way I did. I knew they would balance out the vignette. I just put two small nails in the frame, that way I can always take them out. And I'm really happy with it.
It's very hard to take pictures because of seeing my reflection in the mirror, but I love it here.
Next to tackle in this room - I want a couple of shelves on either side of the fireplace,
and radiator covers.
I haven't made a list for 2012 because I always have about 5 lists on the go anyway.
1. Little touch up jobs around the house.
2. Which pieces of furniture need painting for us.
3. Which furniture needs painting to sell.
4. What I'd like to do to each room.
4. Ideas I have for pictures and paintings for us, and to sell.
2012 is going to be pretty busy, because I need to work as well.
And of course blogging is pretty addictive and takes up quite a bit of time !!!