This was my Knitty Sno-flake Swap from Holly and I love it! First and foremost is some absolutely lovely Merino-cashmere yarn (240m - someone give me some ideas of what to do with it!), one of my favourite Christmas movies - 'Love Actually,' a snowman ornament, lots of chocolate (Yeah, Willow has laid claim to most of that), some Christmas-y votives, a lovely-smelling sachet (lavender?), and she even sent some stuff especially for Willow (the stickers and the snowman pencil). Holly, thank you very much!
Last night we went to Longwood Gardens with our friends Asami, Gara, and Ray - and met some new friends, Doug, Yuko, and Chura. Longwood Gardens has a magnificent Christmas tour and it is a popular destination this time of year.
Please excuse the outside pictures - my camera was low on batteries and wasn't too keen on focusing for the outside shots. They have huge trees lit up all over the place and it looks like a fairy wonderland:
Another blurry shot:
This room was set up for a party in what I could only assume was a theme inspired by the with in "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe":
This was the Christmas tree opposite the dining table:
This was the prettiest poinsettia I saw all night - it was called a "Cinnamon Star":
This ball is a Christmas cactus and it was easily four feet across:
I could have taken pictures all day in the orchid room, but the 5 year old whining to get picked up and the dying camera batteries were against me. Still, I did manage two nice shots:
Truly, if you love orchids and are traveling through southeast Pennsylvania, you have to stop here.
This one. Hmm. Those people for whom this shot is intended know who they are...
Willow and I in our hand-knitted finery (me in my Calorimetry and Willow in her Nippertails (and as usual, Willow has her eyes closed.)