Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Walking in a Winter Windowland

Christmas Shopping List:

ü     1 Partridge in a Pear Tree
ü     2 Turtle Doves
ü     3 French Hens
ü     4 Calling Birds
ü     5 Gold Rings
ü     6 Geese-a-Laying
ü     7 Swans-a-Swimming
ü     8 Maids-a-Milking
ü     9 Ladies Dancing
ü   10 Lords-a-Leaping
ü   11 Pipers Piping
x    12 Drummers Drumming

I did a little window shopping at Holt Renfrew in Vancouver and brought back some of the goods to decorate the blog for us all to enjoy.    Things are not necessarily cheaper by the dozen, but in this case, the price was right.

one partridge in a pear tree*

two turtle doves*

three French poules

(I'm waiting for that red outfit in the middle to go on sale)

five ring-a-ding-dings*

it can be a real juggling act to keep all the hoops in the air that we feel obliged to jump through at this time of the year

six geese a laying*

featuring the Canada goose that layed the golden egg*

eight maids-a-milking* with seven swans-a-swiming

there's a star in every crowd

nine ladies dancing*
who are just tu-tu divine

(even as they manipulate the ten lords-a-leaping that they like to toy with)

the eleven pipers piping* solved the age-old mystery of what a piper has under his kilt

Alas,  I missed the twelve drummers as they were busy drumming up business elsewhere

the four calling birds phoned in, using the latest in tin can technology, to say they'd be late
(as usual)

 I thought I'd better get this countdown to Christmas posted before being too late, myself.

(the *starred* pictures have been artified a bit on my Ragzedge blog, so pour yourself a rum and eggnog and take a wander over there if you feel up to it...and if you don't mind passing under the mistletoe.  Pucker up!)


  1. Great mean to measure time indeed. Will make me look differently tomorrow while walking through the streets. Please have a good Wednesday.

  2. Oh Bravo.. Encore! Fun stuff which put a smile on my face.

  3. Certifiably marvellous... Now, how do you expect me to get to sleep with all those visions of sugarcanes dancing in my head ???

  4. Robert,
    I hope you find many sights to fill you with delight wherever you may wander.

  5. Hilary,
    What, no punnage? Never mind, your smile is reward enough for my efforts.

  6. Owen,
    Simply count sugarcanes instead of sheep. Although that might get a little nightmarish. Here, have a little more rum in your eggnog. And maybe nibble on the mistletoe a bit...Are you getting sleepy?

  7. Lovely fun post......Happy Christmas!

  8. Forest Dream,
    Tis the season to be jolly, after all. Much merriment to you as well!

  9. Absolute magic!!! 3 French poules--HA!!!! The perfect outfit to serve Christmas Eve dinner in, don't you think? Get it now. Do not wait for the sale. Buon Natale to you & yours.

  10. And if the drummers are absent, maybe we could replace them with a dozen, or more butterflies ??? Is it really xmas this weekend ???

    Thanks for this truly seasonal reminder... oh, and the calling birds were late because they were out feasting on their favorite party snacks : BUTTERFLIES ...

    Fluttering off...

  11. What fun - You've made me want to shop there! Thanks for sharing, Lynne and here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  12. jann,
    You've made laugh with your advice to get the outfit without waiting for the sale. Reminds me of when my daughter admonishes me "Do it!" However, I asked my partner if he thought I could pull off wearing the ensemble for Xmas and he was quite definite in his response--which was not favourable! He even went so far as to remind me that I'm not 20 anymore! Guess who's getting a lump of coal in his Christmas sock this year.
    Buon Natale to you and your loved ones as well!

    A Pouting Poule xo

    PS Word Verif is "nogit" as in:
    I guess I will nogit that hot red Xmas corset!

  13. Mr.Toad,
    I feel relatively certain that you have no ulterior motive in suggesting butterflies to replace the drummers missing in action as we continue the diminishing countdown to Christmas. I mean, it's not as if a toad such as yourself would enjoy feasting on butterflies or anything like that. Ah well, one man's vision of sugarplums dancing in his head is another toad's vision of butterflies fluttering in his tummy.
    BTW, you look simply ribetting in that red elf cap you're sporting!
    I wish you a very merry Croakmas.

  14. Deborah,
    Nothing like a spate of shopping to recharge the batteries, especially when it's only done through the window or a blog. Nothing to try on!

    I wish you and your loved ones the merriest of times and the most sumptuous of feasts and friendships in that finely lit dining room of yours!

  15. By far, this is the best Christmas post I've seen! I love it! What fun! If you're getting the red outfit, I'll take the coat on the "star of every crowd." I'm currently walking around with a ratty coat that's older than Moses! Happy holidays! :)

  16. Wonderful photos! Reminds me of the store windows in Boston (an updated version :) at Christmas time when I used to go to school there - many, many years ago :) You are very talented!

  17. How wonderful! We had a few more shakes as you know, nothing like the windows you have over here for sure!! Sadly. MInd you, we still counting our blessings (if only I could find them...) xx

  18. Bella,
    I am so flattered/honoured/pleased by such high praise (the best Christmas post you've seen)! You did view some others? Also had to laugh about your coat being older than Moses. May 2012find you being the star in the crowd wearing a fabulous winter coat.

  19. Mystic Meandering,
    I'm so pleased you managed to meander your way over here and that my offerings brought back fond memories of days gone by.

  20. Saj,
    What a trooper you are! Nothing to do but to keep on keeping on...with a smile, and a good stiff drink, I guess.
    Love to you and big hugs! xo