Preparing for Christmas.

I’m a bit late this year with Christmas.

I’m late to buy gifts, get the house ready or think about presents for the children. The last few weeks of school have been full on with Nativity plays, reports, meeting with parents and Christmas parties. It hasn’t helped that I’ve had yet another cold!

However, this weekend we did make a start and decorated the house. This is not usually my favourite job but living in the old house, makes everything so beautiful. The old fire places and original stair case makes everything look vintage and pretty. So I’ve decide to share some pictures with you from inside the old house! It doesn’t happen often! As some of you know, we are waiting planning permission for an extension so the house is not yet as I would like it. It’s a work in progress! As a listed building this permission has taken almost a year already but we hope to hear soon. Anyway, here’s some Christmassy pictures for you.

The old house dining room with some amazing candle sticks I found at a flea fair. The candles are from Cornish Candles.
I like red and gold decorations as I think these add to my vintage look. This homemade Santa in the centre of the tree was made by my daughter 15 years ago.
I’ve just bought these gorgeous, red goblets from Amara. They are acrylic but oh so pretty! I just need to add some plates of Christmas food and some crackers! I do love red at Christmas!
This is my sitting room with lovely curtains from Laura Ashley. The red and gold theme continues in here with just a little decoration around the stone fireplace.
I bought the candle sticks from a local market and the large cream candle is from Cornish Candles. The mirror was another flea find and has the original 18th Century glass.

Enjoy Dottie in the snow wearing her Christmas jumper! She is so funny!

Have fun preparing your home for Christmas. Are you doing anything special this year? xx

Mum Muddling Through


38 thoughts on “Preparing for Christmas.

  • Its all so lovely! I particularly love your then tiny daughter’s ornament … and that mirror – what a fabulous flea find and actually everything … the candles,the red goblets (not glass – who knew?) all of it looks so warm and inviting and festively fantastic. As you know I have a Monument Historique in France … I swore after renovating a listed house in Oxfordshire I would never do it again but I promise you the almost meditational place you have to put yourself in whilst you wait out the Listings people making decisions will be SO worth it – you will have such a beautiful place, already do but even more so because it will work for you. A special shout out for Dottie who is just divine. Is she a Bedlington? I have always wanted one just because of their sheepy looks but have no idea of their temperament. When you are not busy, perhaps you could enlighten me? Xx

    • She is Osyth! She’s a terrier so can bark but she is the sweetest dog! We are a Beddkington family as my brother has 2 and my mum had one too! She loves a walk but is also happy snuggles on the sofa; perfect dog. Great with a family or on her own. I also love my goblets! I wanted red glass for ages but everything was too expensive so these are perfect! My flea finds are amazing! I really want to go to the huge one in Lille in September.

      • Lille is on my bucket list for another year. I don’t particularly like the city but the lure of the brocante is too enticing! All those Bedlingtons – amazing! I have The Bean (Jack Russell X Chihuahua so she knows how to bark) and I won’t get another dog whilst she is with me (she was 10 last week) because I don’t believe she would find it easy but one day …. thanks for the tip and cheers to you with your love ruby glasses

      • No best wait then if she’s 10. I’d love another dog but if we go away, my mum with have her. With 2, it’s harder to find someone to look after them. My mum has 2 dogs of her own! We are a bonkers dog mad family! 🐶😍

      • Haha we are very similar I feel…..perhaps a meet up in Lille is a possibility! Xxx

    • The old house is costing me energy but I’m hoping this will move in soon! It’s v damp, needs a new roof etc etc but it’s besutiful and a labour of love. Our forever home? I’m not sure but we shall see!

  • Oh I always have serious house envy when I see the old house and gardens! It’s looking absolutely beautiful – especially in the snow.
    Thanks for linking to #coolmumclub – and have a lovely Christmas! xx

    • Oh thank you Anne. It’s funny but I hadn’t realised how much red I have in my house until I looked at all my pictures! Thank you for your kind comment. Xx

  • What a beautiful house you have! We were later than usual to decorate the house. We have just moved into our new home so things have been so hectic! Finally settled now though and looking forward to the holidays.

    I love Dottie! 😀

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC. Hope to see you Monday x

    • I’ve had enough now though! I would be taking it all down if we didn’t have guests staying! Ok then,,,, one more chocolate. Xx Happy New Year to you. X

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