White Christmas

There's no chance of a white Christmas up here in Northern California. In fact the days are lovely and sunny and we sat outside for lunch yesterday.


But it wouldn't be Christmas without some thoughts of snow..... and what better way to do that than by watching my favorite Christmas carol you tube.  Still makes me laugh, every year:

 "I'm dreaming of a White Christmas"


Here are a few more "white Christmas" ideas to help get you through the day (- photos via Monica):

 Remember to relax and be playful

If you need to get a way for break, find a good hiding spot 

Prepare your strategy carefully for Christmas games

Don't forget to phone those special people

Enjoy time playing with the kids

Hoping you have a wonderful Christmas
lots of love
Ruth xxx
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Quentin Quail and his covey


We have a big covey of quail visiting us regularly at the moment. We enjoyed Quentin and Queenie earlier in the year and their little babes, but at this time of the year, they join up with other families and hang out together until spring next year.




While its a delight to just see Quentin, its wonderful to see 20 or more quails all running together.

When I made jewelry, Quentin was a big character in some of my designs and he became quite famous, with his little running shoes!  They do run so fast.

Little Quentin Quail necklace

Quentin says: "Play dead"!

Quentin eyed the odd egg with deep suspicion

Have you taken time to watch the birds this week?  If not, stop now and go to the window.  Take a short break and watch some birds.  It will calm and relax you - like a little meditation.
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Misty morning at the pond

We've been getting a few misty mornings at the pond lately. This time of year we always get such a lovely gathering of ducks and birds there.  The male hooded mergansers are just so handsome with their black and white markings, and we get either a great egret or a great blue heron, plus our friend the little green heron.


Isn't it a restful scene. I hope you took time to look at something restful today.
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