Our original plans for New Year's Eve
got cancelled by the predicted snow and ice
And so we had a quiet night at home
Watching movies, snacking on homemade Buffalo wings
And ringing in the New Year Central Standard Time
This morning, we had our first meal of 2013
in the breakfast room . . .
We've fond memories of staying in bed and breakfasts in England
And we simply adore a Full English Breakfast
We set the table in the breakfast room with the English mats that one always sees in bed and breakfasts -- it keeps the hot plate off the wood table, a bread plate with a butter knife, a fresh napkin in a silver ring . . . and mostly, the Spode Blue Italian
Marmalade is the English jam of choice for breakfast
A wonderful old English silver and crystal marmalade jar
bought not in England but here -- for I had a "no breakable rule" for things I brought home
when we lived in England that spring
As close to an English breakfast as we can have on the prairie
An egg cooked English style on a piece of fried bread, rashers of bacon (alas, American bacon, not English bacon) but real English Heinz beans -- warmed
A bowl of Christmas fruit replaces the Advent wreath and the English wood barley twist candlesticks are back on the table -- for candlelight suppers.
Orange marmalade, tea in a crockery pot and a "toast cooler" full of crisp dry toast
We're not in England . . . but we can imagine!
As we have a leisurely (and large) breakfast -- we cups and cups of tea and a lot of talk
as to plans for not only the day but for 2013 as well.
And it was softly snowing as we breakfasted.
It made it even more perfect.
And after . . .
This Queen was not in her counting house . . .
And Christmas is still up . . .
but I did both polish
The Reed and Barton silver bells.
The first one bought on our November honeymoon -- just before Christmas,
others added when I found them after Christmas at half price
while others were gifts for opening our home for the Homes for the Holiday Homes Tour
and still others were gifted from my brother when we used to exchange Christmas presents.
I don't have one for every year we've been married --
I'm missing 11!
I've decided that in 2013, I shall make my collection complete
So every month I shall order a bell that I don't have. . .
Today I ordered 1982!
By Christmas next, 44 silver bells shall hang on the tree at Linderhof. . .
for you know that every time you hear a bell --
An angel gets it wings!!!!