This week has been a mixture of blue skies and sunshine, but also dull, grey days.
On this particular day, I passed this beautiful tall Beech tree with still a few leaves hanging on.
There were also some pretty Winter Jasmine in bloom.
Two days' ago there was an icy wind blowing
and snow had been forecast!
When I got up this morning around 5 am, I put on a coat before pulling up the blinds
and going on my balcony!
It was indeed snowing and it continued to do so for most of the morning.
I took this photo just before 8 am when the street lights were still on.
The house is just across the road from me.
You can see the snowflakes falling against the dark paintwork on the house.
A pretty snow scene in-between two houses.
The first snow of the season is always so special!
I am happy to say that the roads were cleared by a snow-plough and the paths cleared by a blower.
I had a snug day at home, reading and doing crochet
I lit candles and this one looks so pretty on an orange tablecloth.
The little house is made of ceramic.
I did some reading about the life of a vet
and his love of animals.
This is a beautiful hand-painted Christmas bauble
which represents figs and their leaves.
This week, I visited a friend who lives further down the lake
We went to a Christmas Market and she gave me this lovely candle holder
with the winter trees and a moose.
A thoughtful Christmas present!
Isn't the Christmas card adorable too?
I finished crocheting my winter blanket.
It looks really pretty on my grey couch.
Now I'm crocheting some more squares in the same colours to make a cushion cover.
The little Tomte wearing a long pointed hat, is a Scandinavian gnome.
He was given to me by my daughter.
Isn't he adorable?
The tomte is an essential part of Scandinavian folklore.
He's a little gnome who is dedicated to one home or farm.
He looks out for the farm animals and children of the home.
He patters about by night, unseen, to check on everyone's welfare.
I chose this Swarovski crystal star for my blog header.
It sparkles so prettily by candlelight.
I hope that this month of December is treating you well.
Do you like this time of the year?
Do you have special traditions that you like to honour?