Tuesday, 19 December 2017

The Things You Notice


Mince pies in the window

Tomorrow the kitchen floor goes down and the kitchen will finally be finished..I'll post photos of it then for you all to ooohhh and arrrhhhh at ! ....today I've spent my time baking at the kitchen window.
For years this window was screened by an antique French lace banner but since the new window went in, I have left the frame uncovered and have subsequently enjoyed the view when cooking.
Today and yesterday I noticed that the human traffic through the churchyard seemed particularly heavy.
Wrapped up in winter coats, groups of people in ones and twos have been crossing the graveyard all carrying Christmas wreaths and on a break from dusting mince pies George, Winnie and I ambled over to see what was going on.
Over eighty Christmas Wreaths had been placed on the " newer " graves in the tiny cemetery. Most were made of holly and ivy but cheerful poinsettia blooms, tinsel and small flowers added to the tributes, indeed , as we ambled along the paths another couple arrived to lay their own Christmas wreath on a grave next to that of the Red Faced Welsh Farmer.
For many people Christmas can be such a bittersweet time.
The steady stream of visitors to the Church perhaps was a testament to that fact
The things you notice when you stand baking at the kitchen window.

Ps the caption winner was Terrill

50 comments:

  1. It tradition for my mother and I too place wreaths of my grandparents graves. It's a tranquil time of year for me considering I'm busy. But it's been relaxing. Looking forward to the photos.

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  2. What a wonderful view, enjoy!

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  3. Step away from the manger.

    (Because of the time difference I'm just seeing your previous post.)

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    1. Congratulations to Terry, the winner as deemed by John (what's the prize?).

      However, Judith, as late as you arrived galloping behind donkeys, camels and assorted methods of transport, your entry is the one and only, truly brilliant: "Step away from the manger". It's anyone's guess how many occasions I have left to deploy that phrase but deploy it I will. Not least on the phone.

      Merry Christmas,
      U

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  4. Holidays can be hard for many people. Traditions can bring such comfort.

    Love your view.

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  5. I have always hated net curtains. I mean - what have folk got to hide? So I say - leave the window as it is - unless of course you have decided to take up belly dancing.

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    2. When I was a teenager my parents rented a cottage one summer. It was very similar to John's with two windows looking onto a lane. Almost everyone walking down the lane would look into both windows. It was very disconcerting so we were glad of the net curtains. I have a sneaking suspicion that people were hoping we were a sweet or ice cream shop.

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    3. Maybe the villagers were simply surprised to see a family of nudists in their midst.

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    4. I used to hate net curtains. Then I got a new kitchen and my windows have 'cafe style' nets. Currently with Father Christmas printed on them. I plan to change the nets with whatever festive season/occasion is the current one. I love the privacy that they offer without blotting out the light. .

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    5. There is a definite need for nets when there are people who go around peering into other peoples houses. I think they offer privacy and comfort for some people and that is all that matters.

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  6. I am finding that being alone and celebrating with the cats, is easiest on me this year .. Too many loved ones not here for the holiday for me to really "go all out " this year .. and I am finding it hard to feel Christmasy in Florida :) Maybe I should decorate a palm tree or something ..

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  7. Thank you. This post is like a Christmas card which I find most lovely.

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  8. You are so right when you say Christmas time can be bitter sweet for many.

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  9. Sundays and Christmas many people troop through the cemetery gates here in North East Scotland. Personally my body is off to the university...Net curtains, pet hate. I find it quite amusing that one horse rider always has a good peer in at each of our windows, must start waving.

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  10. I'm baking mine (Delia's recipe) on Thur. Do you make your own pastry John? I cheat - use store-bought! Hard to find readymade mincemeat over here - Americans are not really into it - but my dearest darling located some jars of Cross & Blackwell's which, after 'doctoring' with some brandy, will be OK. Christmas is not Christmas when there are no mince pies - I can do without the cake and the pud, but must have my pies!!!!

    Nice view when rolling and crimping - your pies look awesome. I enjoyed the cemetery story and comments - we do miss our loved ones at this time of year - both the ones in hopefully a better place, and those who prefer to not have us in their lives!
    (I just wish Candice lived nearer, Florida is definitely NOT a Christmas place even if they do decorate the palm trees! She would be welcomed as a guest here for a mince pie and a glass of something Christmassy. . . . . and we could chat about Buenos Aires!!!!!

    Happy Christmas to you and the Prof - and all assorted doggies, cats, ducks, geese and such. Look forward to reading your posts in the coming year.
    Mary in North Carolina XX
    But my heart is still really in Devon, even after so many years!

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    1. Oh sweetheart, I just saw this ! I wish I could "run up" to NC and have some cake with you ..
      My poor heart is all over the place lol Buenos Aires and New York and GB ... yikes !

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    2. I always make my own pastry

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  11. After each Christmas, when we were really hard up I used to go and rescue a wreath base from the dustbins at the graveyard. Then would use it re-trimmed for my door for the next Christmas!
    Always seemed sad to see them chucked out after just a few weeks on a grave.

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  12. It's a lovely custom to leave remembrances on the graves of the departed.

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    1. We usually leave a pebble on the grave. That's the tradition, but there's also a practical side to it - flowers stain the stone.

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    2. That's what they did at the end of Schindlers list

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    3. We don't actually put the flowers onto the stone, but on the grave itself or in a vase, so stains are not an issue.[and time itself and acid rain often stain old grave markers anyway.] My parents ashes were anonymously buried in the garden of an ancient [by US atandards] church on a headland at the edge of Cape Cod. I like the idea but sometimes wish I could leave a wreath, or flowers, a seashell, a stone. Just to remember them.

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    4. I like the stone thing ray much

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    5. We don't have holly and ivy wreaths in the US, ours are boxwood or pine. Could you take a picture, not necessarily on a grave, on a door is fine.

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  13. I like to see folks straightening up a cemetery. All the GAR stars standing proud.

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  14. thinking of those they'd love to share the festivities with.

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  15. My husband was Jewish .. although when as an adult, he met some people, traveled to some far off places and while he would always be Jewish, he was Everything .. Buddhist high on the list.
    But at a great age of 30 something when he met me ... a 20 something girl from North Carolina .. he got to learn the fun parts of Christmas ... Trees, lights and presents ..
    I sure wish we were spending this Christmas together but wow .. I have years and years of Happy Memories ... so everyone .. remember this , make each Christmas worth remembering and have fun ..

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    1. Nice memories there.. thank you

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    2. Those are wise words.

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  16. Holidays are a difficult time for so many. For so many reasons.
    I assume that calls to the Samaritans escalate as they do to our Lifeline.

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    1. We do not have enough volunteers to cope with the calls at the moment.. especially after the free phone number came out

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    2. We don't either. Calls to Lifeline are free from a mobile/cell phone and the cost of a local call from landlines. And we are swamped.

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  17. Christmas without my beloved farmer will be hard this year. But I shall face up to it, helped along by friends, family and my faithful blog followers like you John.

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    1. Yes, I. Hope you didn't think I was insensitive weave...on reflection I think I have been x

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  18. Were they veterans? There's a newish movement here to place wreaths on veterans graves.
    I love that picture.

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    1. No just people of the parish

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  19. What a tranquil view, and I cannot wait for the finished product.

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  20. Thanks John. Glad you liked it. My first time to comment on anyone’s blog and I win!

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    1. Email me your address .
      I'll send your gift
      jgsheffield@hotmail.com

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  21. Thank you. This post is like a Christmas card which I find most lovely.

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  22. When I worked at a green grocers in the village I sold many wreathes for graves and found it very touching.
    A good friend has just lost her mother and another her husband so I chose plain cards to write my own message inside.

    No curtains at all in my house as I like to see out !

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  23. Such a difficult time of year for so many people. Your mince pies would help... and the view from your kitchen.

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  24. Christmas can be such a bittersweet time. You summed up our Christmas perfectly John. We laid our wreaths on the family graves last week.

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  25. One of the reasons I'm not having a grave is that I don't want flowers etc leaving on it. A beautiful Christmas wreath - even if it is in memory of a loved one - belongs on the door where everybody can see it and enjoy it and share the memory of happy times.

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  26. We have the very first National Cemetery here in Fort Scott. It is a burial site for deceased military and their spouses. Wreaths are laid on the graves every year and bought by us the locals and families of those buried there...there are many beautiful photos on line that can be viewed by googling Fort Scott National cemetery wreath ride

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  27. Life is better when you look out the window

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  28. I think an open window with no curtain is lovely when your working in the kitchen those mince meat tarts are a treat the prof is a lucky man. Wishing you and yours a merry Christmas.

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