January 4, 2015

Back to Reality!

If you’re like me, you’ve spent the past two weeks wondering what day it was. Christmas and New Year’s felt like Sundays, but then there were a couple of Fridays thrown in there and a weekend or two. Regardless of the day, I hope that your festive season was wonderful!

It’s been a busy few weeks here with lots of parties and other fun events. An annual event to which I am invited is a New Year’s Day brunch with friends. The food is always fabulous – caviar on blinis, cheesy grits, scrambled eggs, Scottish salmon, fresh fruit and champagne. IMG_7977

Before we ate, we took a minute to walk, or in my case, hobble, through the garden. I am recovering from a bad knee and it’s super painful to walk right now. Although it’s freezing, I am still waiting for the first snow of the season to take the final series of images of the garden, which I’ve documented through the past year. IMG_7944

The iron dogs which greet visitors are festively decorated for the season with beautiful wreaths.
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Small evergreens have been trained into spiral topiaries. IMG_7974

J made two window boxes with seasonal greenery, including some hellebores from the greenhouse. Because this part of the house is south-facing, the hellebores actually do quite well.IMG_7966

I love this half-urn which also showcases a little evergreen decorated with white lights. . IMG_7968

The inside of the house also took advantage of the plants from the on-site greenhouse and there were fresh flowers everywhere. In addition to the lilies, there were paper-white narcissus, hyacinths, white azaleas and some amaryllis. IMG_7960

There were also some poinsettias in a variety which I have not yet seen. IMG_7963

The table was set with some traditional tartan cloths, and beautiful amaryllis in a candy-cane stripe!IMG_7948

Honestly, there’s nothing like fresh flowers to banish the winter blues!

17 comments:

  1. There is something so primally nice to see caviar. Must be the shape. Hope your knee gets better. Try not to get it too cold though bc cold doesn't help with recovering knees!

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    1. Had a shot in my knee on Friday, but probably need a booster. Trying to keep quiet, but all these parties aren't helping!

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  2. Any idea what that poinsettia is called? I need to find one of those.

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    1. Kara... don't know. It's really a lovely one, and it's small, too.

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  3. Hope your knee is better soon. Happyt 2015!

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  4. Hope your knee mends quickly! Happy New Year! Love the iron dogs. I need a proper caviar spoon. Thanks for reminding me!

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    1. I love the little mother-of-pearl spoons.

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  5. Get well wishes on the knee. Cheers to 2015!

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  6. your knee will get better in 2015! + yes + stay off of it. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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    1. Thanks so much! Been elevating and icing it. Got a cortisone shot and am scheduled for another.

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  7. I'm so sorry to hear about your knee. I hope your New Year is filled with health, wealth and marvelous travel!

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  8. Which reminds me... my mom gave me an amaryllis bulb in a box for Christmas... must get it going! Take it easy on your bum pin.

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    1. I have one, too! I think I might bring it to the office.

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  9. HAPPY NEW YEAR! WHAT'S UP YOUR SLEEVE? xoxoxo Mary

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