Wednesday, 30 December 2009

A Little Quiet.

Odd to be back blogging and truthfully I am still very much in the midst of the Christmas break as are most of you no doubt, but I felt a little quiet time here was needed. Not many words, just images from our Christmas which has been just how I hoped it would be: restful, fun, full of family and feasting with plenty of creative moments thrown in. So, first up are some of the handmade gifts I was unable to show before: blocks of pure glycerine soaps cut by Dave and packaged by me as gifts for friends.

Pretty bottles of oil flavoured with garlic, chilli, rosemary and juniper berries with a few bay leaves thrown in. In the background is a large jar of pickled eggs made for Sam who has been asking for some all year!

Walks were taken at Trevaunace Cove in icy winds

where the late afternoon sun caught the cragged cliffs bathing them in cool winter light and casting the battering sea below into deep shadow.

Frozen, we headed to nearby Porthtowan Beach for huge bowls of hot chocolate to chase the chills away.


Then out for a last run across the sands as twilight rapidly descended into night.

Well, I think that'll be all for this first foray back into blogging. I must off to scoff one of the gorgeous cupcakes Lucy has made using her new cookery set, book and apron. Truly delicious and I think next year may be the year of the cupcake in this house.

Which one shall I choose?

Hope your Christmas has been all you hoped for.
Bye for now x


  1. 'Ah' a truly wonderful Christmas holiday Pipany and I can tell from your (blogging) voice how relaxed you sound.

    Happy holidays,

    Nina xxx

  2. Must have been a divine Christmas. Your blog always makes me feel I want to pack my bags and go to Cornwall. My parents have a house there for over 30 years and I feel I am slightly "overcornwalled" but you always show me the lovely sides again that have gone missing under the, not so pleasant, experiences I had there. If I ever return I will let you know.
    Happy new year

  3. Scrummy pictures (particularly the cupcakes!). I'm glad to hear (and see!) you had such a lovely Christmas. I hope New Year is good too. xx

  4. those cupcakes look gooooood!!

    Happy new year pipany!! xx

  5. Yes, Pipany, as others have already written, your quiet Christmas report has struck a chord with me, too.

    Just a beautiful, loving serenity about your words and photos.

    I want to ask you to please pass along big compliments to your young baker. She definitely knows her way around a cupcake ... and how to get that icing properly swirled, too.


  6. well tose cupcakes look fantastic - well done to Lucy - I look forward to new blogs again next year

  7. Certainly looks and sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas. The cakes do look good!

    Happy New Year to you all.

    Kate x

  8. Happy New Year dear soul,

    I loved your photographs, very happy you have had such a wonderful Christmas and your soaps and oils looked beautiful!

    Keep Warm

    Much love
    Julia x

  9. I have competition in the cupcake stakes - they are amazing! Wishing you all a very healthy and fun filled new year! hugs Debs xx

  10. Oh la la, those cupcakes...YUM!!! Happy New Year, Pipany!

  11. What clever spuds, I bet your friends and family were really chuffed with the thought and effort that's obviously gone into those gifts.

    Winter walks are just the thing aren't they. We were sledging again yesterday a couple fo miles from home, magical.

    Warmest wishes for the year to come to you and yours Pip. Thanks so much for all your lovley visits to my blog.


  12. A quiet Christmas is the best! Love your photos. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  13. What lovely gifts you have made there! Some lucky people to be receiving those!

    Your daughters cup cakes look very yummy. I love a good cupcake me, Happiness in flour, I always think.

    Hope you have a very Happy New year. wishing you and yours all the best for 2010. And look forward to more dreamy pictures and wonderful posts too.


  14. I have taken some quiet time out too Pip and feel all the better for it.

    Happy New Year to you all!

    Jeanne x

  15. We've been busy too but now have some time, at last, to pop over and wish you a very happy 2010.

    Family holidays were always spent at St Agnes when I was a little girl, I remember StippyStappy very well!Davy jones locker too! Trevaunance was a beautiful cove as I remember!
    I love your handmade Christmas gifts, so thoughtful! Beautifully packaged too!
    I bet the recipients loved them!
    Rachel x

  17. Lovely lovely catch up with your activities Pipany. Thank you for a moment of calm amongst the packing cases.

  18. Lucy's cupcakes look mouthwatering Pipany - what a girl!

    What a lovely post, full of lovely family activities. Your soaps are gorgeous - you have some very lucky friends! I'm so glad you had such a great time.

    Happy New Year


  19. I knew this would be a place for relaxation although you now have me intrigued where Trevaunce Cove is, not the same as Trenance is it ? shall go and investigate. x