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  • I still have a 'productive cough' however, I think my chest infection is all about done - thankfully...

    The Festive Season seems to come and go around all too quickly these days - no sooner has one Christmas been and gone and done - it seems the next one is upon us, that's how I felt this year, then someone pointed out that it's only eleven weeks to Easter?! I had to think on that one, but if you look - they are right. Eggs and Easter goodies are already on the shelves, I do wish they wouldn't. It would be so much nicer if these things 'appeared' when each celebration was imminent. (I also think the Easter goodies on sale at present are maybe last year's stock?)

    Anyhow, snow is forecast; and I have never, EVER seen so much rain or surface water on the roads. We passed through one village where lots of homeowner's household items were out on the pavements, obviously after being flooded out - I found it quite distressing and powerless to do anything of any consequence. My heart really does go out to these poor unfortunate souls, I can't even begin to imagine the 'clean-up' necessary in these circumstances. Fire and water are the most destructive of elements where households are concerned don't you think? I've experienced a house fire, but question whether flooding is actually worse. We live on the top of a hill, therefore have never experienced flood damage. The fire wasn't at this home by the way; and more than twenty five years or so ago. I lost two cats, and then in the mid nineties there was a fire at my parent's home - started by the fridge of all things. One dog survived, one perished. The one that survived was a Yorkie and he had managed to get under the smoke - the other an English Setter, much larger, so he didn't escape the smoke. More than 60,000 pets a year die in house fires believe it or not; and some are started by chargers that are left in electrical sockets and still swicthed on, not being used - so, don't leave them switched on! I know it's a habit a lot of us have with our phone chargers etc., leaving them in the same socket, then just grabbing our phones, charger still plugged in and on, without a thought for what could happen - so, it's better to get out of that habit. I thought the action was harmless too - apparently not; and I've seen a home video of such events...

    Are we all detoxing after the Christmas festivities and inevitable over indulgence? Here's some salad then...

    1:12 Salad in a hand turned hardwood bowl

    Dolls House Salad, Miniature Fake Food, Miniature Artist Carol Cook

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    I doubt very much that anyone will come and read my ramblings this late in the day on Christmas Eve... But here I am anyhow...

    We had a wonderful long weekend away as I mentioned in my last post - but, on the Monday evening at the end of the break - I started to feel very out of sorts, to cut a long story short - I've had a vile chest infection, and then was struck down by a Gastric bug too this last Monday, so a bit fed up to say the least LoL! Luckily I had done most of everything that needed to be done apart from 'fresh stuff'. Turkey and lovely veggies for tomorrow's lunch were secured Tuesday evening, I've done the washing and cleaning this morning (my first sit down since getting up was seven minutes past one!) Because the two bugs I've caught have floored me - I'm only just starting to feel somewhat better - so everything's been a bit slower paced the passed few days. I just have to do the ironing when I sign out of here; and I'll then enjoy decorating and laying the table for tomorrow's lunch - one of my favourite things to do - black and gold this year I think, I did it red and silver last year. I have varying guises of all manner of table stuff she says with raised eyebrows - it's just my thing at Christmas - a decorated table...

    Anyhow, I'll go and do a bit more - here's hoping you all have the most wonderful time tomorrow and are able to enjoy whatever holiday days you have. Merry Christmas!!

    And, in the words of Irving Berlin... "May Your Days Be Merry And Bright..." But I doubt that all our Christmases will be white...

    Sending Love,

    Carol xx

    Miniature Christmas Sprouts, Dolls House Food, Redcurrants

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    I'm supposed to be doing the ironing LoL... But this is better heheheheh...

    Well, another Christmas Kensington has been and gone - and Wow! How busy was it?! Not many chances to sit and have a cuppa! My darling husband pointed out that it was maybe because the London Dollshouse Festival at The Tower Hotel isnt happening this year - makes sense I suppose, but it was really, really busy...

    Here to thank one and all for coming by to say 'Hi' and buy goodies from me - it's always lovely to see you all; and always a pleasure to tempt new Collectors of my work too - thank you all very, very much! 

    Now as I really have to do the ironing (due to a long weekend away being sprung upon me) - I used to say 'no' so freely, that after seeing a documentary where the ability to say 'yes' to anything frees us - Ive started saying 'yes' to impromptu gad abouts... So, I wont be able to pick up emails properly until Tuesday morning - have a lovely weekend all of you - I'll come back next week to tell you how my mini adventure went; and (groaning) off to do the ironing...

     

    Miniature Christmas Food for Dolls House by Carol Cook

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    The title is apt on two counts - firstly - November's 'Remember, Remember, the fifth of November...'  and of course the image I've uploaded - remember the little Panettone? It's always been a firm favourite at Christmas time, so I thought I'd post a pic!

    The holiday in 'The Loire' was perfectly lovely; and I think I over did it indluging in one of my passions - Macaron... MmMmmmmm... so many wonderful little Patisseries, in many, many of the pretty villages - I couldn't resist, having them fresh and in France was manna from heaven! A fraction of the cost of them here too, I might add - so unfair LoL...

    As I said on my home page - this new website means I haven't used its online store before, so thank you for your patience whilst I try to get to grips with it! I really do hope it's soon though...

    Anyhow, it's the build up to my next show; and yes - there will be Christmas Foodie Goodies on offer as always!

    1:12 Artisan Bakery Style, Christmas Panettone!

    Miniature Food Panettone for Dolls House, Carol Cook, Miniature Food Artist

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    Just a quick entry as I'm officially on holiday... Yayyyy! Last holiday of the year until Christmas. So, if you contact me - I've popped an auto-responder on my 'info' email until I get back. As always I'll be off of the beaten track and unsure as to whether any 'Whiffie' (WiFi) will be available - out of the country too - so my iphone may not want to play at 'Hot-Spot' LoL...

    Have a lovely weekend all of you and these Bramley's are just coming into the stores...

    1:12 Boiling and Prepping Bramley Apples

    Miniature Food, Bramley Apples, Carol Cook

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