happy christmas

Just popping in with my best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful festive season, thanks to all of you lovely people who have visited me here this year and have taken the time to leave so many kind and encouraging comments.

I’ll ‘see’ you all on the other side……almost pre-spring! 😉

Merry Christmas!! ❤️ 🎄 ❤️

rome

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In my last post I mentioned that we were heading off on a little trip to Rome, well we’ve been there and back again, sadly as with all these things they go far, far too quickly but it was a fantastic trip and we really enjoyed it.

I thought I’d share some photos with you here on the blog today and I hope my IG friends don’t mind as they will have seen a lot of them before.

One of the first attractions on my list and I expect on any visitor to Rome’s list was the Colosseum……what a fantastic building and amazing considering how old it is.

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It is even more amazing on the inside…..so much history!

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And the views from the inside looking out were stunning.

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Another must see is the fabulous Trevi Fountain, we of course threw our coins in the fountain, as tradition dictates it will ensure your return to Rome.

During our visit to the fountain there were two marriage proposals, it was wonderful, the two couples got such a round of applause.

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These are the famous Spanish Steps, we arrived here just as the sun was setting which explains the lovely glow.

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Our visit to St Peter’s Square, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica took a whole day.

Oh my….. the art, sculptures and history were amazing.

Seeing the works of Raphael and Michaelangelo was such a privilege and the Sistine Chapel has to be seen to be believed (sadly no photos allowed).

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I even managed to find a little rabbit sculpture in the Vatican!

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And ceilings, oh my goodness….Rome is very good at ceilings!!!

The top two images are the work of Raphael inside the Vatican, bottom left is inside the dome of St Peter’s Basilica and bottom right is the ceiling of Santa Maria Maggiore.

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The Pantheon, a former Roman Temple and now a church has been in constant use for almost 2000 years, such a fantastic building and the final resting place of the painter Raphael.

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When walking the streets of Rome, you are never far from an antiquity but without a doubt the best are to be found in the Roman Forum, this ancient site is fascinating.

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As you can see from the photos the weather was brilliant.

Along the banks of the River Tiber it looked like autumn but felt like summer.

Such a lovely city….I do hope that throwing coins in the Trevi Fountain does work, as I would love to return one day!

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However I’m back home again and I’ve been busy finishing off the last little batch of animals of 2016.

They will be listed in my Etsy shop on Wednesday 7th December at 9pm (GMT).

More info about them can be found here and larger images can be seen here.

Thank you so much for visiting today, I hope you are having a calm count down to Christmas! 🙂

late autumn days

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November started off with lovely bright blue skies.

It does seems to be disappearing just as speedily as all the other months of this year though.

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There were days when the garden looked like it was the middle of summer.

There have been a few frosts though and as a result most flowers have definitely finished for this year….however there are, unbelievably, still some roses.

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I’m still knitting for the little person in my life, frosty days required little mittens……

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……another little hat!

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And some recent happy mail brought yarn for a mini Christmas jumper which is a queue behind a cardie to match the above hat and a Christmas pudding hat!!

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I also have finished up some festive animals.

This is Fallow my first ever fawn, who is happily wearing a faux fur collar to keep her warm.

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This little arctic fox with a flurry of snowflakes has of course been named Flurry.

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Marzipan is sweet toothed, sugar loving Christmas mouse.

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And the final girl with all her sparkly stars is Twinkle.

All these girls will be listed in my Etsy shop on Wednesday 16th November at 9pm (GMT), more info about them can be found here.

My Hb and I have a little trip coming up, somewhere we have never been before….Rome, so we’re looking forward to that.

Thanks as always for visiting and for taking the time to leave your lovely comments, I do appreciate it, ‘see’ you soon! 🙂