11 Dec 2017

Quiet Days



Many of us in the UK have had more snow over the weekend which has settled. It has not been heavy here, but the hills make it more difficult to get out-and-about. I had a pottery workshop booked in for later in the day, but I won't be able to go out today either for walking or driving down the hill to the main roads and bus/tram services because of the cold temperatures and the icy conditions.



Yesterday we lit the second candle on our Advent Wreath.  This year I improvised and used a vintage green glass fruit bowl with  four small tea lights for each Sunday of Advent.  There is plenty of greenery in the garden to make the wreath and I added some dried red roses from a collection of flowers and petals I had dried this year after receiving bunches of them as gifts. 


The Advent Wreath, Sheffield Anglican Cathedral
design Corin Mellor



artwork by one of the art and spirituality groups

'Love in Bloom'

The Advent Wreath Sheffield R.C. Cathedral


The city is a busy one at any time, but especially at this time of the year.  I enjoy seeing the Christmas decorations, doing some window shopping. However, I also like to find a quiet place to sit for a while and a church is a good one for me. The Anglican Cathedral has a collection of prayer installations 'exploring the promise of God to bring light from darkness and create beauty from chaos' and the Roman Catholic Cathedral has a Festival of Angels where children's artwork depicting angels decorate the church.
   

the Christmas tree outside Sheffield Town Hall




Back at home the nativity set was placed in the entrance hall. Each evening, curtains are drawn and candles are lit.  It's good to get to the end of the year, look back with thanks as well as look forward with anticipation and hope.
Wishing you a good day and a peaceful week,
Linda :)

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  1. Fantastic Christmas images Linda. I love your Advent Wreath and your home looks super welcoming!
    Why is it that the UK just can't cope with snow!
    Stay warm and have a wonderful new week :)

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    1. Thank you Prunella. Enjoy your week whatever you're doing:)

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  2. I really like your Advent Wreath, it's looks like you're ready for Christmas. Beautiful photos of the cathedral, stay warm.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, we are ready for Christmas, but we hope that the snow melts and we have better weather. Being retired we don't have to go out. We think of those people who have to travel or are out in all weathers.

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  3. Hi Linda, Your Nativity is very beautifully displayed. We had a rare snowfall over the weekend, too. We have been staying in due to fear of falling on icy spots. Sorry you will miss your class, though. The church photos are stunning. I also love the green dish with votives surrounded by the greenery and dried roses...very special. I hope you will have a very nice week. Mildred xoxo

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    1. Thank you Mildred. Stay warm and safe indoors. I hope your weather improves.

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  4. Beautiful festive photos of your lovely home, the advent wreath is wonderful as is the one in the Cathedral which looks beautiful with the trees on dusplay and just the place to retreat to for a while to take a rest from the crowded streets and shops:)

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    1. Shopping where there are crowds is not my favourite activity. I don't mind walking through Sheffield main streets, but don't go to big covered mega centre, Meadowhall. It's good to go somewhere with a peaceful atmosphere such as a church or cathedral.

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  5. Hello, ritch tapestry.
    Oh…! I like to see your all preparations for coming Christmas.
    What a beautiful your entrance hall is! The hall is full of celebrations! Your lovely vintage green glass is matching well to the candles. Your nativity set is so special. It is for the first time for me to see them, so I googled to know about the art dolls. Thank you for sharing!

    You have had snow. The snow scene in your place is so beautiful. I have waited for snow comes here for several years. What I can see here is only powder snow dancing in the air.
    Have a good day!

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    1. Hello Tomoko. Thank you for your visit and kind comment. High places in Japan must be very picturesque when there is snow. The ski and hot spring resorts and Winter Festivals will be popular. I like your description of the powdery snow you see dancing in the air.

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  6. your home is lovely, the fireplace photos are festive and cozy and beautiful. i love that big tree outside Sheffield hall and number five with the two trees in the chapel is my favorite today. so beautiful. it says peace and love and Christmas with no words. i love your green dish with the candles and wreathe. creative and beautiful

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    1. We're fortunate to be able to stay in a warm house when it's cold outside. It's a challenge for those who have to travel in snowy and icy conditions.

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  7. I think you are better off at home, all nice and cosy. We've had some snow but it's all gone now but it must be quite bad where you are. Love the candles and your Advent wreath.

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    1. It's good to hear the snow has gone down your way. The snow hasn't melted here as temperatures have dropped. Yes, much better to stay indoors for the time being.

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  8. I love all of the Christmas goodness all around you. Your creche is so beautiful and so unique. I love it. Candles just seem right this time of year, blessing us with a little more light in the darkness. Blessings. ~Jody

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    1. There is so much to be grateful for as we prepare for Christmas. Thank you, Jody, for coming by. May God bless you and your family now and in the days ahead.

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  9. Your hone looks so lovely and welcoming for the holiday season. I love the design you made for the Advent wreath. Very lovely. I'll send you some warm Sunshine in exchange for snow! We've had unusually warm temps down here in southern California. Blessings to you dear friend, Pat

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    1. Thank you, Pat, for your kind thoughts. During this special time may you and your family be blessed.

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  10. I really like your 'improvised advent ring'. It's lovely to see the way fellow bloggers are preparing for Christmas. Jx

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    1. Thank you Jan. It's interesting to see what everyone is doing not only in the UK, but elsewhere. Thinking of you, Linda x

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  11. We missed the snow this time, though it had been forecast, we got away with a bit of sleet, but it's been mighty cold. Lovely photos, the cathedral looks lovely with the Christmas trees in situ.

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    1. So glad that you didn't get snow this time. I think the weather must have been worse further south and in the Midlands. It was just as well we did shopping last week and had the c/h boiler serviced which we do every year. Take care Jo. I hope all is well with your family.

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  12. I love your improvised advent wreath, it is beautiful. Also the church with it's tall advent wreath is wonderful too. Candle light at this time of year is so extra special. I place them around the house to add the warmth of the season too.

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    1. Thank you for coming by, Marilyn, and wish you a December of seasonal blessings.

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  13. Majestic!

    Love the photos.



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  14. Hello Linda, I love seeing your Advent preparations. I think you made a lovely advent wreath. All your lighted candles and sweet nativity have given a sense of warmth and peace to your home.

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    1. Thank you Gloria. It's good to have quiet days preparing for the Christmas festival.

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  15. Your life is rich indeed. I used tea lights also for Advent - I put each in a custard cup surrounded by salt - living in Florida, I never see snow but I like the look at Christmas.

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    1. Hello Carol. I like your idea of using tea lights in a custard cup. I know you've had your share of storms in Florida in recent months. Now that it's calmer where you live I think the warm weather must be very pleasant.

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  16. Such a beautiful and peaceful post. xx Karen

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    1. Thank you for coming by Karen. Bless you, Linda x

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  17. I enjoyed getting a glimpse inside your Advent home. And thank you for all the cathedral arches and Advent wreaths. So beautiful.
    May Christmas find you enjoying every quiet, happy moment of the season.

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    1. Hello Becky. Thank you for your visit to my blog, for your blog friendship and for your good wishes for the season. May your days be full of blessings also.

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  18. Beautiful Advent wreath and so is your nativity scene.
    Great to read through your post and see what's happening over in your part of the world. Good cheers to you Linda :D) xx

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    1. Thank you, Sue, for coming by. Wishing you well also :)

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  19. LOVED you wreath!!!
    this is elegant!

    beautiful photos of cathedral and city .

    it is snowing here in some parts of our country either and people are enjoying it to great extent

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    1. Thank you Baili. I'm glad you enjoyed this blog post. Snow that settles is pretty to look at and transforms the landscape into something magical. I hope you can enjoy it from indoor views, you can keep warm and continue to get well, Linda :)

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  20. Such a lovely gentle post Linda. Some beautiful pictures too, I loved your nativity set. I know what you mean about fearing to go out in icy conditions, I'm the same after my op, the weather has been awful here and I find myself a little nervous of slipping. Yes, it's a good time to reflect for sure.xxx

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    1. Thank you Dina. I've lots to do indoors at the moment preparing for family coming to visit and stay for Christmas and thankfully the weather has improved if I need to go out. Take care Dina. All the best for your continued healing and mobility. Linda x

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