Sunday 23 December 2012

OH the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful......

Nothing  fills me more with Christmas spirit than waking up to a fresh coating of snow. The thought of it excites me no end!!! Yesterday morning I wasn't disappointed! I woke up and went into the living room to find it was still dark. A chilly layer of snow was covering the windows and letting no light in. I loved it! It made the Christmas tree lights feel even more magical.

The urge to wrap up with all things woolly and head out to the snowy park was way too strong. So after breakfast the coat and scarf went on and off I went with my camera to take some lovely frosty pictures.

It was bitterly cold!! My fingers were frozen as I wore no gloves so that I could work my camera. It was well worth braving the elements, the view of the park was stunning.
As I walked along the lake the ducks followed. I think it may have even been too cold for them to swim as they were much happier walking around the lake than swimming on it.
I love the sound of their "quacks". It really makes me laugh and there was a lot of "quacking" going on!

After my lovely trip to the park I returned home to finish decorating the Christmas tree (it was looking a tad bare). I just feel like time has been flying recently, but in a good way :-)
I recently had my lovely Mum and my Great Aunty (I call her Maggie Moon, but not sure why?!) come and visit for a while! What a fun filled Christmassy time we had!

We spent a lot of time in the city enjoying Hamburg's lovely Christmas markets! Drinking Gluhwein!

Eating yummy sausages!!!

and in general enjoying Hamburg at its best.....Christmas time.

Now Mum and Maggie Moon have returned back to England for Christmas and I'm finishing the touches and preparing for my Christmas here in Hamburg. That means finally putting the decorations on the Christmas tree and around the apartment!!

So after my walk in the park I came home hung some simple paper chains from the windows!

Placed the Christmas Wreath out to play.

Added baubles to the tree.

and other little ornaments.

and I'm finally done with Present buying!!! Which meant I had a spare half and hour to come share with you lovely people!!! I'm really looking forward to the Christmas days off from work. Writing this makes me realise how EXCITED I am!! I just have one more day at work, which means I need to get going or I'll be late!!!

I hope all of your Holiday preparations are on track!! Don't you just love this time of year?!!!
Happy Sunday!!!

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  1. What you need are some Fingerless Gloves! You could wear them AND operate the camera.

    Lots of crochet patterns for them out there, but guess you'd probably design your own...


  2. Merry Christmas! We had our first snow of the season here too. I love it. It really sets the mood for the holidays.

  3. Hamburg is so lovely! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pics! Merry Christmas to you!

  4. Hamburg looks amazing, so Christmassy!! What a lovely pic of your Mum and Great Aunt. Everything in your world looks so festive. Happy Christmas Matt x

  5. Hello Matt,
    Lovely frosty pics, I love the ducks!!
    Thats a big coincdence ..because my 11 year old has asked me to crochet him some 'ducks on a nest' ( i do it freestyle with a bit of amigurumi added in !!)
    and i was going to google what the male colours were like....?
    now you have given me the answer....Thank you and merry merry days to you and yours
    Daisy J

  6. Beautiful images and thanks for sharing this little peak into your life...
    Merry Christmas!!

  7. Your exuberance is infectious. I will admit to not totally feeling the Christmas cheer this year though it is better than last year. Still learning how to do the holidays with kids away. I'm predicting next year will be better but thank you for sharing your joy with me... I can hear how giddy you are over it all and it's wonderful.

  8. Oh your snow photos look amazing, so cold! It was 39.4 celsius here in Melbourne, Australia today xxBrenda

  9. great photos hope you have a great christmas and thanks for your inspiration throughout the year..

  10. Oh Matt!! Merry Christmas to you and to Dennis!! It has been absolutely wonderful finding your amazing site!! Lots of Love from " Seaview Cottage" in New England!! xxxx

  11. Merry Christmas Matt! Thank you for sharing your world with us. I'm in the US and it is a special "gift" you give by showing us a place we may never get to see. Enjoy your holidays, I look forward to all your new inspirations in the New Year!

  12. It all looks so lovely Matt! We are not quite as ready as you, so I must go and rush about a bit!!! xxx

  13. I wouldn't mind a bit of your 'frightful' weather Matt, it all looks lovely and Christmassy! Not a sign of snow here in Northamptonshire unfortunately!
    Merry Christmas!
    Angie x

  14. Happy Christmas to you too Matt. The photo of your mum and aunty is beautiful! Best wishes from very wet and wild Yorkshire.

  15. Snap!
    My husband asked me last week - could I take any more photos of my boots in the snow? Ah, but it was my first time, we spent the week in Tirol and in South Africa we don't really get the chance to see that.
    Your Hamburg and decorations look beautiful.

  16. Hi Matt! Thanks for showing us around Hamburg! We had some snow last Tuesday, but since then it's just been cold rain. Oh well, we're still loving the holiday time.

    ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉
    *M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
    ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉ ❉

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  17. Hi Matt - I am so jealous of your snow! I love the white stuff but alas its damp, very very damp here in UK as you have probably heard. Thanks for sharing the photos. Hamburg looks like Christmas in concentration. I would love to take Little Son to visit. Have a lovely time. Lily. xxx

  18. JEALOUS of the snow. I LOVE the white stuff (and the snow days that come hand in hand with it ;) )
    Thanks for your snowflake pattern, I made a garland of them that I am yet to post about but pop over to have a look soon.
    Merry Christmas.

  19. I love your blog :) The pictures are AMAZING!!! Merry Christmas!!!

  20. Thanks for the wonderful pictures! I am having fun making your snowflakes...thanks for your good tutorial! Merry Christmas, Matt! xx from Gracie

  21. Beautiful pictures! Merry Christmas!

  22. Matt surely the ducks have another word for quack there?

    You really look like your Mum. I loved the pictures from the market.

    Have a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for all the great crochet posts. Xx

  23. Yours is such a lovely Christmas post, Matt. That Christmas wreath is amazing. Have a wonderful Christmas with those you love xxx


  25. Merry Christmas Matt! Enjoyed your pics, you have such sweet decorations!

  26. Gorgeous Matt and merry xmas to you and family from mine

  27. Your photo's and post always cheers me up! I know it is bad english but i hope you understand. I wish you a pretty christmas and a happy new year. Greetings from holland, Lyda.