Tag Archive | Advent calendar

Advent Calendar Day 16

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There is a beautiful real tree standing in the corner of the living room in The Glen House. And for those of you wondering, the radiator you can see in the photo has been turned off! There is no point in drying the poor thing out any more than it has to. Please, please, please water the real trees out there, they will look so much more beautiful for longer if you do.
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The theme was inspired by the animals and birds that surround The Glen House. The majority of decorations are natural, either wooden or fabric. The colour palette is fairly muted, apart from the pops of red. So it’s all very simple, just like the house itself.
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There are robins,
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And deer; these gorgeous baubles are the only baubles on the tree.
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Cute little fabric owls,
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Then some pops of colour with wooden trees and hearts,
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And wooden Christmas trees,
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Little wooden plaques,
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And lots of soft fabric hearts,
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Oh, and me!
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The tree was put up last week, but it took us a few days to decide what should go on top. When we found this wooden star with a little greenery on, it was perfect!
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Ta da! Our first tree in The Glen House!
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Melissa xx

Advent Calendar Day 15

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Lighting is so important at this time of year, yet you don’t want glaring house lights on all the time. Here’s some ideas from The Glen House…
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Glass hurricane lanterns on a window cill…
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Little votives on the coffee table in front of the fire.
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Little lanterns hanging on cup hooks next to the cups!
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Lanterns hanging under shelves of glasses.
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Lanterns hanging above the rayburn.
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Little votive by a picture of me!
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And of course fairy lights, hanging lanterns and candles around the fireplace!
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Melissa xx

Advent Calendar Day 13

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To add a bit of sparkle, a bit of light and a bit of colour this festive season, I came up with this little display….
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I took a couple of coloured lanterns, some tiny fairy lights and more tiny sparkly coloured baubles! I filled the lanterns with the baubles and draped the lights around them.
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I placed them in the deep window cill in front of the kitchen sink. By day they look funky…..
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And by night the give off a lovely coloured glow.
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Happy Friday 13th!
Melissa xx

Advent Calendar Day 12

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The front window in The Glen House is so special; by day it floods the living room with light and by night it holds the warm glow of candle light. Most importantly it frames the amazing view of the garden and river.
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For Christmas it is extra special! I’ve used a simple while and gold theme, to make the most of the painted white shutters.
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The bay shrub has a string of gold beads lying on it, with white lanterns either side that are full of little gold baubles that catch the light.
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In front sit two gorgeous robins and some sparkly gold t-light holders.
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Even in the light of the morning it looks pretty.
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So easy, so simple and so beautiful!
Melissa xx

Advent Calendar Day 11

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I believe that Christmas should be about spending time with people and making new memories…
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However, if I was going to buy myself 3 presents and if I didn’t have a price limit, this is what i’d get:

1) A croquembouche mould! Ever since the first series of Masterchef Australia….
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2) A 3 month course at ballymaloe cookery school in County Cork. Not only would the course fulfill all my cookery needs, it’s located in a beautiful part of the world.

3) A wood burning oven for the garden!!! How cool would that be?
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What would be on your list?
Melissa xx

Advent Calendar Day 9

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In the middle of all the craziness that is the run up to Christmas, I wanted to stop and remember what is most important to me….
My amazing friends and family; those that are near and those far, far away. Those that are here and those that are gone but never forgotten…
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       Melissa xx

Advent Calendar Day 8

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Galway was stunning! Between all the feasting that went on last night, I managed to find some inspiration for The Glen House.
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This arrangement was hung above our table at dinner. Set into a window with shutters (just like the windows at home), the fairy lights were intertwined with twigs, baubles and stars. Simple, but beautiful.
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Even in the pub I saw a cute decoration of baubles and pomegranates, (not onions!!!) hung off a light beside the fireplace.
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I loved the simple way this fireplace was decorated with reds and golds, it caught my eye at breakfast.
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Back at the Christmas market today, the stalls smelt and looked fabulous…. Burgers and German sausage stalls were nestled between festive stalls selling mulled wine.
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There were all sorts of cakes, pretzels and tarts as well as meringues and macaroons!
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I bought some pistachio and cinnamon meringues, really looking forward to them!
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There were sweetie stalls with children begging exhausted parents for this and that… For the parents there was an assortment of turkish delight.
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Strange flavours such as banana and apple were piled high.
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So, full of ideas and with a full belly I’m off back to The Glen House.
Melissa xx

Advent Calendar Day 7

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So excited…. Off to Galway Christmas market to eat, drink and be merry! I’m really looking forward to buying some festive bits for

The Glen House…
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Had a yummy hot chocolate to get me in the festive mood (and warm me up); it was thick and chocolatey with a good splash of amaretto and whipped creamed. It was followed by a pork wrap from this bad boy….
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I’ve been suprised by all the outdoor goodies here, they’ve given me ideas about what to do outside The Glen House…
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I’ll fill you in on all the foodie stalls tomorrow… For now I’m off to warm up some more in a Christmassy pub!
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Melissa xx

Advent Calendar Day 5 #recipe

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It’s turning into cake central around here, so much so that Christmas has taken a back seat. I’ve been baking birthday cake and thank you cakes… Busy, busy, busy!
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Caramel cupcakes! Amazingly, there was one left over for me…
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The other one was a chocolate sponge filled with strawberries and cream, topped with a special chocolate sauce and broken Maltesers!
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The special sauce is melted Mars bar and cream…
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It’s amazing with ice-cream or pancakes or anything else indulgent!
Melissa xx