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Weathering the January blues

January 8, 2016 | 1 Comment
The candles are staying for now. The pot square candle holder (it has brown ball candle sitting on top of it) is from Fodder next to the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.

The candles are staying for now. The pot square candle holder (it has brown ball candle sitting on top of it) is from Fodder next to the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.

The best thing about Christmas? Putting up the decorations and making the house sparkle and glisten with light. The worst thing? Taking them down again on Twelfth Night.
Not the I put them all away. Every year, one or two pieces make it through the year, on the basis that lights aren’t just for Christmas, they’re for all occasions, and non occasions, always and forever.

My lovely wreath is still on the front door as I made it myself and cannot bear to take it off yet. It's not that Christmassy, is it?

My lovely wreath is still on the front door this January as I made it myself and cannot bear to take it off yet. It’s not that Christmassy, is it?

I seem to buy loads of string lights every year and it seems such a waste just to leave them in a box or cupboard until next Christmas comes around. So I don’t. I put them to use elsewhere, in a glass jar on the fireplace hearth, swirled around the tops of mirrors, or draped over trees in the front garden or back yard, if they are the indoor/outdoor variety.

String lights and mini light bulbs will stay adorning the fireplace for the time being - perhaps forever.

String lights and mini light bulbs will stay adorning the fireplace for the time being – perhaps forever.

It has been said, more than once, that our house reminds of Blackpool illuminations. That when all the other houses in the street where we live are dark, you can always pick out ours because it will be the one with all three floors lit up, curtains wide open. I don’t care – it’s the best way to beat the January blues … and the all-year-round blues, come to that.

I love my huge light bulb over the fireplace mirror. The fitting is from Heals at Redbrick Mill in Batley and the new bulb is from Harrogate Interiors at the Harrogate Antiques Centre at Pannal on the Leeds side outskirts of Harrogate.

I love my huge light bulb over the fireplace mirror. The fitting is from Heals at Redbrick Mill in Batley and the new bulb is from Harrogate Interiors at the Harrogate Antiques Centre at Pannal on the Leeds side outskirts of Harrogate.

Anyway, here’s how the house looks at the moment, now that I’ve taken down the over-Christmassy decs but left candles, string lights, an illuminated ampersand bought from the Country Living Christmas Fair in Harrogate (see previous post), plus a few other bits and pieces.

My poor Christmas tree, relegated to the garden, but still looking good. It was from Regal Fruiterers on King's Road in Harrogate.

My poor Christmas tree, relegated to the garden, but still looking good. It was from Regal Fruiterers on King’s Road in Harrogate.

The weather means that, like everyone else, I’ve not been out and about much recently, so all my entertainment has been very home-based, hence the home-style posts. But I do hope we can all start venturing out soon into gorgeous Yorkshire before January ends – how I pity all the shops out there affected not just by flooding, but more generally by lack of trade.
Here’s to a successful, happy and hopefully less wet New Year!

One thought on “Weathering the January blues

  1. Sheena Hastings

    Your house looks lovely, and why not enjoy some of the glow of Christmas throughout the year. When we took down the tree, I couldn’t bear also to remove the lights from the seven-foot weeping fig tree that stands in the living room bay window. So I’ve left them there, and they give a gorgeous, twinkling, welcoming glow not just to us but to visitors, neighbours and random passers-by. The fig’s cheered up by them, too…

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