Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas 2009!

How was your Christmas?
I hope that your stockings were full of some lovely gifts and all your wishes came true.
Can't believe it is over for another year!
I had a lovely Christmas with my family and must have been a good girl as these are some of the beautiful gifts my family gave me ~ I was very spoilt.

We had a wonderful Christmas and we did not have the usual turkey or ham, this year.
Instead the kids wanted a Japanese luncheon - we had a starter of scallops and then tuna seared with toasted sesame seeds and salads. All very nice and sat out on the deck and enjoyed the beautiful sunny day and the view. We did take some photos, but the Internet is playing up and my husband sent the photos from his computer downstairs, about an hour ago, so do not know where they went. Then for dinner we had a French style dinner - terrines, pate, cheeses, and salads and macaroons and Champagne, so all very nice and simple.

Of all the days for the dishwasher to stop working! ... Christmas Day should not have been the day. It seemed to have a fault - F7 to be correct, so it was out with the teatowels and chatting as we washed and dried the dishes.

I hope that you had a very happy Christmas and now some time to relax and enjoy the break if you are lucky enough to have some time off.

Have a great week and not long now until we say goodbye to 2009!



  1. What a wonderful Christmas day you had Carolyn! Your gifts are all really beautiful.

    ~Happy New Year! ~Melissa :)

  2. Hi Carolyn,

    Sounds like a wonderful Christmas dinner. So exotic and fun. Glad you are well, but sorry about the sick dishwasher. Those things pick the worst times to act up!

    Happy New Year,

  3. My dear Carolyn,
    Your Christmas dinner sounds just wonderful! We had a ham dinner on Christmas eve and then had a buffet~type on Christmas day with all of the goodies you could imagine! Summer sausage, cheeses, dips, desserts, ....etc....! It was so yummy, nice and the greatest gift of all...
    The whole family was together for both days!! We spent our Christmas surrounded by the people we love so dearly!
    May the New Year find you with many blessings, my sweet friend!

  4. Carolyn, it sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas!

    What lovely gifts! The mirror is beautiful!

    Fab new header too!


  5. Merry Christmas! I am glad to hear that you have had a lovely Christmas with your family! I wash just thinking to myself that I wonder what it's like to live in the southern hemisphere during Christmastime with the sunny weather...I grew up in snowy mountains with White Christmases each year! Then I remembered...LOL! I live in So California where it's not so bad...about as close to a Southern Hemisphere Christmas as you can get in the continental US! LOL! I'm sure it's lovely this time of year for you. Happy 2010!

  6. Your Christmas meals were just as different as ours. We are in love with Japanese food now. Sounds wonderful. You certainly received some fantastic gifts. Lovely things! I asked for and received a new printer with scanner. Woohoo! Wishing you all the best for today and every day, :) Tammy

  7. Hello Carolyn, wow, your menu sounds delicious. I'm glad you've had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you the very best 2010! xox

  8. Carolyn, so happy you had a wonderful Christmas! I stayed at my mamas house for a few computer..only my blackberry, so I could visit some blogs but couldn't leave comments or send emails..go figure :) You were truly a good girl...look at all your goodies :) I thought about you this Christmas and thought how lucky we are to have so may loved ones and friends that care so much about us :)so glad I can leave comments now :) Besos, Rose

  9. I'm glad they spoiled you, Carolyn! :) I hope you have a very, happy new year. xoxo

  10. Oh what gorgeous presents. Your Christmas sounds really lovely.

    I adore your header picture.

    Have a lovely week,
    xoxo DJ

  11. Oh, hey Carolyn... So you changed your header picture. Pretty one :) Vintage-feel. And the music note! Love it so much! Tickle me to play the piano again...

    Christmas was a bit sad. We had a phone call at night. My grandpa was rushed to hospital due to heart-attack. Total chaos it was :(

    All in all, he's a lot better now. Thus we can spend a peaceful new year I guess :)

    Best wishes to you too...

  12. Carolyn you must have been good. Lovely gifts!!!
    What a superb idea for lunch and then tea- right up my aleey and my favourites as well - I love Japanese food and adore french! mmm
    Ah- there is something to be said for the teatowel talk. I think it is a lost art.
    xx Glad it was all so lovely. I heard the weather was perfect for Christmas - here in Sydney not so much. --- oh well maybe new years x

  13. I'm so happy you had a wonderful Christmas Carolyn. You must have been a very good girl, I love all of your gifts!!!!
    I guess you are away today having that dishwasher fixed...haha Let's think of it in a positive way as it was sharing precious family moments and being productive at the same time ;)
    Have a good one Carolyn~
    everything vintage

  14. It sounds like you chose some wonderful dishes to have on Christmas day! We made lasagna and garlic breadsticks! I love your new banner! Happy New Year to you!

  15. Sounds like a perfectly lovely Christmas to me!

    Your gifts are beautiful ~ I'm envious of your new pjs!


  16. Dear Carolyn, I´m so happy you had a wonderful christmas time and that you, good girl, received wonderful presents!!!!!
    I wish you and your family a very happy 2010, and may it brings much love, health, prosperity, and blessings to you all.
    It´s been a pleasure meeting you this year and hope we keep visiting each other in 2010.
    Muchos cariños,
    Maria Cecilia

  17. Thank you Melissa and wishing you a happy New Year too!
    Looking forward to coming over to visit my friends.

    Hi Judy,

    Yes, it was a lovely Christmas dinner and very stress free, especially with the heat we are having over here.
    Happy New Year!

    Hi Christina,

    Your Christmas day sounds wonderful too, spending it with your family.
    And oh! .... eating so much.
    We have been for walks every morning to work off all the food.

    Thanks Marsha, yes, I love all my gifts the mirror is for our bedroom and we have paid for another but they only had one, so will go back to get the other.

    Hi TattingChic,

    The weather is beautiful over here and we have been eating most of our meals out on the deck in under the umbrella. It is often too warm to have turkey, which we often do anyway, but ham and cold food is much nicer.

    Hi Tammy,

    We love Japanese food too and will normally eat it at least once a week. It is so healthy and good for you.
    How neat that you got a scanner/printer, you will love it.
    I enjoy ours and use it a lot.

    Thank you Karen, dear friend and many thanks for your Christmas card, it just arrived this morning so that was kind of you. Happy New Year.

    So lovely to have a visit from you Rose, and glad that you had a good time away with your Mama.
    Sometimes I think that it is good to leave the computer alone for a while. My kids are always telling me I spend so much time here!
    All the best for 2010, dear friend.

    Thank you very much Jessica and wishing you and your family a happy New Year.

    Thank you Dustjacket and I am so looking forward to coming to visit you again. Happy New Year.

    Oh so sorry Fe, to hear about your Grandpa, and wishing him a speedy recovery and I hope that your New Year ahead will be lovely for you.

    Hi Suzi,

    Yes, the weather was perfect for Christmas but we have had slight drizzle and I think it may be going to be damp for New Years.
    You can't beat talking over doing the dishes and it is a lost art.
    Wishing you all the best for 2010.

    Thank you Jodie and I am looking forward to coming over to visit my sweet blog friends. Happy New Year!

    Thank you Diane and Happy New Year to you. Lasanga and garlic bread would be a good meal too.

    Hi Jo,

    I was a lucky girl and the pink and white stripe is actually a Pierre Cardin bath robe, which my husband bought me. The shop is called Harrowset Hall and that is where the mirror came from, it is one of my favourite shops.

    Dear Maria Cecilia,

    Thank you so much for visiting me today ~ it has been delightful finding you and your beautiful blog and I look forward to seeing you in the new year.
    Happy New Year.


  18. I did have a lovely Christmas, thank you very much! Your non-traditional meals sounds so wonderful (I'm not a big fan of ham, but I made one did make for some very delicious potato soup the next day though)! I'm so glad you enjoyed your Christmas! Blessings for a peaceful and festive new year as well Carolyn!!!

    :) T

  19. Thank you for visiting Slices of Beauty.

    I have really enjoyed visiting you Tracey, you always have so much beauty to share.
    Glad that you have had a lovely Christmas and many blessings for you and your family.


  20. oh, you must have been a good girl indeed, darling! amazing gifts. that mirror is a dream. your family knows you so well.
    have a sweet day, hugs

  21. Your Christmas day sounds absolutely wonderful!

    Love all your gifts.

    Enjoy the day,

  22. Beautiful Christmas presents dear Carolyn...I love the bag and I wonder what those cute little pink books are...:-)

    Cheers: Evi

  23. Carolyn-

    I love that you and your family had a non-traditional Christmas meal...tradition is nice but so is adventure. Thank you for all of the lovely words on my blog. You are so sweet..I wish you many blessings, joy and peace in the new year that comes. Smiles! Denise

  24. Oh Carolyn it all sounds divine. What a wonderful luncheon that must have been. You received some beautiful things for sure.You must have been a sweetie this year!
    I had a great holiday with my children and grands. I hope you enjoy your New Years celebration too.

  25. Looks like you received some great gifts. Love the mirror. Chinese for Christmas? why not? Blessings!

  26. Dear Susan,

    Thanks for your visit and it has been lovely getting to know you this year.
    I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas.

    Thank you for visiting me Doreen and it is always great to have a new blog friend.

    Dear Miss Eve,

    I did get some lovely gifts, my Son gave me the tote and the little pink book was one of the gifts my daughter gave me ~ Never have a bad day ever again. This book lists a hundred of those little things, simple daily pleasures that cost nothing and that can make a difference.

    Many thanks Denise, for visiting me today. It was really lovely as we normally have the turkey Christmas dinner. Wishing you a happy New Year and I look forward to coming to visit you soon.

    Dear June,

    It has been such a lovely thing getting to know you through your blog. I am so glad that you had a great holiday with your family.
    Best wishes for 2010, dear friend.

    Blessings to you Gwendolyn and many thanks for coming by for a visit.
    Now I look forward to coming to visit you.
    Happy New Year!


  27. So happy you had such a wonderful Christmas day. We never eat traditionally either. It's more fun that way. Love all your pretty pink you!
    Happy New Year!

  28. Thanks very much Carole and wishing you a very happy New Year!


  29. Much love and many blessings
    Love Jeanne

  30. Your Christmas treasures look amazing. Thank you for sharing...I adore your new computer is not working I so much want to change mine but will have to wait. Wishing you a blessed 2010 my New Zealand friend! xoxoxo

  31. My what a lovely blog! I always enjoy visiting you!~Your Christmas sounds perfect Carolyn!

    I just came by to wish you a Happy New Year and to warmly invite you to have tea darling, at two of my blogs, in my little corner of the blogging world..,Some of the prettiest little pictures yet have been posted and await you!

    ~Cheers and have an absolutely wonderful New Year Carolyn!..,

    ~Blessings from Wanda Lee@ The Plumed Pen, and also, @ Silken Purse; (new closet pictures also await you @ The French Dressing Room).., Enjoy!

  32. Dear Carolyn,
    what fabulous gifts you received!!Definitely my kind of gifts too!

  33. Dear Carolyn,

    You had just so lovely Christmas day!:) Our Chritsmas was happy, too:)

    Now, I wish you and your family happy, blessing and joyfull new year!!!:)

    Big hugs to you!!

    Ps. Your pictures are sooo lovely!!!!

  34. Aww. I guess everyone needs a day off, even the dishwasher. Looks like you had a grand Christmas. Such beautiful gifts, and that mirror is so romantic and beautiful! Here's to an even better 2010. May you have an abundance of good health and good fortune, laughter, love and joy.


  35. Thank you very much Jeanne, wishing you a happy New Year and many blessings.

    Thank you very much Koralee, I have so enjoyed getting to know you and your friendship.
    Wishing you a happy New Year!

    Hi Wanda Lee,

    Many thanks for your visit and I am looking forward to coming over to take tea with you. Thanks.

    Dear Monica,

    Always great to have a visit from you and I am just about to come and visit you. Wishing you all the very best for the New Year.

    Dear Marge,

    Lovely of you to come by and I wish you and your family best wishes and a very happy and blessed New Year.

    Dear Bella,

    I hope that your New Year ahead is the best dear friend. It will be so good to move on to a new one.
    Best wishes.


  36. Happy New Year Carolyn!!

    Wishing you and your family Good Health and much Happiness in 2010!!


  37. Dear Carol,

    Many thanks for visiting me today and I really hope that all of your dreams will come true and wish you all the very best for 2010.


  38. That mirror is gorgeous, C!


  39. Thanks Carrie, we also bought one for my husbands side of the room, but we have to wait for that to come from a storeroom.

    thanks for your visit.



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