Friday, December 9, 2011

Fairy Frost

This morning Mr. Squash and I awoke to what we thought was snow!  It wasn't predicted - the weather here has been cold and sunny for quite some time now, but it sure looked like snow!  Then I remembered that Freezing Fog had been predicted!  Fairy Frost sounds better, don't you think?

Here is a shot right outside the front door.  This is our new winter flag - we're beginning to amass a small collection of them!  It's something I've always wanted, but this is the first house where it's been possible to have them.
Looking the other way at my car parked in the driveway.
Aside from the Dogwoods, this is my favorite plant in the front yard - European Cranberry.  It always  puts on a show no matter what the season!
Speaking of the Dogwoods, isn't this gorgeous!  Click on any photo for a better look.
On my way back inside I snapped a photo of our wreath.  I was going to try making one this year, but on a trip to the farm store this one called my name!
I ventured out the back steps to get a couple more photos.  Some years the fog can stick around this part of the Columbia Basin for weeks.  I don't remember any last year and I hope this isn't a sign of things to come for this year.  But wait....it's Fairy Frost, not fog....
Looking the other way at the Juniper trees which hold some of our firewood.  (In case you're wondering, the wood has not spread the trees as you see - they were leaning apart prior to the wood being stacked.)
I have absolutely no sewing to show that isn't a gift.  I've also been doing a bit of holiday baking.  Today will be a peanut butter fudge recipe I found here.  I've made several of Marie's recipes and become quite a fan!

So what about you?  How are your holiday plans coming?

16 comments:

Florida Farm Girl said...

Goodness, I've done nothing to speak of for the holidays. Went to a fabulous quilting retreat and immediately upon returning, took off to visit the kids in Iowa for a couple of weeks. Just got home and I'm pooped. Christmas prep will have to wait a few days until I'm recuperated! I made spiced pecans before I left, so may I can count that as holiday prep, huh? Have a good day. :)

Stephanie said...

Your cranberry and dogwood are gorgeous. I think you described it perfectly--fairy frost.

Jan said...

Love the way you store firewood! Thanks for identifying the European Cranberry to me. I've seen them on my walks, but didn't know the species.

Sharon said...

Fabulous photos. This was the same when I lived in N central OR. I love how the trees all look. I've got my Christmas on at my place, last night baked some shortbread cookies which were promptly eaten when I brought them to work this a.m.

Kim said...

A beautiful landscape. Don't you just love the feeling of contentment at being indoors in your pretty and cozy home while enjoying the nature show? Although being outside is enjoyable as well, lol. Mother Nature and Old Man Winter are the best artists. You have me wishing for a Cranberry bush! Lovely! Happy holidays to you and hubby and many thanks for sharing this year of Squash House happenings. I always check in and enjoy. :-D

pratima said...

It looks like a winter wonderland, Candace. The trees look so beautiful with the frost, also your European Cranberry!
Gorgeous wreath on your front door. Happy Holidays!!

Me and My Stitches said...

Very pretty! Fairy frost is a wonderful name for it. We've had a couple inches of snow this week which is also pretty to look at!

ferne said...

Love the cranberry bush...and the dogwood too, since I am a plant fanatic I try to love them all equally but for different virtues. I am really liking the way you stacked your wood, clever! and I think I got some of your fairy frost all the way down here though it did clear up later in the day.

AnnieO said...

Pretty! Love that cranberry sparkle of red with the white. Lovely wreath, too. I'm thinking I need a fresh garland for my mantle/fireplace this year, just for that smell of the woods!

Linda said...

Gorgeous wreath. Oh I love it!!! I need to get a couple to hang on each side of garage. I missed the ones they were selling at church. Yours really makes me want some now!!

Ulla said...

Beautiful pictures! Our cranberries are only small plants, lying on the ground. That made me look for Viburnum opulus (European cranberry) and find out that it is no relative of the edible cranberries. The berries do look like cranberries. - Fairy frost sounds so romantic!

Mary said...

I got cold just looking at your Fairy Frost photos! Brrrrrrrrrr! I love your woodpile. It's perfect!

Libby said...

Love, love, love the way you've stacked your wood!

We are all but decorated and ready around here. I have gift wrapping yet to do - it is NOT my favorite part of the season *lol* I'll get there though . . . . maybe on Christmas Eve?

Kaaren said...

Pretty pictures, Candace but I'll bet the faeries sprinkled their dust on the roads as well making them slippery to drive on.

I just love your front door and the wreath is perfect there. What a welcoming site.

Love that cranberry bush. Did you trim any branches to place indoors in an arrangement?

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Squash House!

Carrie P. said...

OH, I see now where you got your fudge recipe.
All the photos are so pretty.
Love your wooden door and the wreath on it.
I have a little garden flag that I change each month. I really need to get some new ones. Some are looking kind of ragged and faded.
I believe that cranberry was in your Christmas photo card last year. It is a really neat looking bush.

Houseelf said...

Delicate beauty. Thanks for sharing.

Yes it's been like that here so I've neglected my Blogland friends these past 2 weeks. I'm slowly catching up.

Didn't Michael Miller do fabrics by that name?