Sunday 28 December 2008

Castles and festive joy

I hope you all had a special Christmas day. It was a delight to hear how many enjoyed my short story, many people sharing it with their children and grandchildren, I could not ask for more :) I cooked the traditional turkey with all the trimmings, nice to have a feeling of England when I'm here in Belgium, there is something very comforting about these traditional meals that I have grown up with.

I always love it when my Bumpkin Bears are given as surprise gifts, it is such fun keeping the secret :) This happened this Christmas with the lovely Kim of Victorian Parlor blog her wonderful husband gave her Hamish as a Christmas present - if you scroll down her posts from christmas day you will see some sweet photos of him in his new home with his happy Mum :) It always makes me feel so full of joy to share my love of bears with others.

Boxing Day was really chilly but beautifully bright and sunny, so a walk in our local forest was just the ticket :) In the woodland there is this beautiful castle and a little tea house that used to have an underground tunnel leading from it to the castle for the butler to use to take the tea and cake to the lucky few!! What a life!

I'm a busy bee working on my brand new website design and some sweet new illustrations and mohair bears, so do join the bears and I again soon. Warm Beary Hugs, Catherine and the bears xx


The Victorian Parlor said...

The pictures are gorgeous! It looks like something from a fairy tale. What an amazing thought to have tea in a castle. I have been a tea drinker all of my life and visit tea rooms whenever I travel-but tea in a castle-that would be dreamy:)

I am looking forward to seeing your newly designed website and new bears. I think Hamish would love to have a brother or sister come live with him:)

Unknown said...

My Gosh!!! That is gorgeous! Can you imagine??? What a dream. Thank you for sharing! I would've loved to have spent boxing day there...instead I spent it boxing the other customer's at Macy's Dept. store, LOL! Isn't that what boxing day is about!?! Just kidding of course...I was very gracious. It was a madhouse and that looks like a pleasant way to spend the day.

Dave said...

I liked your three photos Catherine, and enlarged them up. They looked good. - Dave

Anonymous said...

How magicial it would be to have a tea party in that castle. Thanks for sharing the photo's and stories.
Are you going to draw any pic's w/ Mama bear hugging her cubs for Valentine's day? It would be so charming showing a Mom's love for her cubs.
I couldn't find the ? mark to get rid of the numbers. Check flickr for the adventures of my C-mas bears on Finally got them typed up. Didn't get to it before C-mas.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!to a beary nice friend glograbear

Cathy Santarsiero, "The Christmas Corgi" said...

What a lovely castle. Can't wait to see your new web design and your little furry friends. Happy New Year to you, Catherine! Warmly, Cathy

Tracy said...

Hi, Catherine! Pure magic...thanks for sharing of your special outing! And can't wait to see your new design! So glad to catch up with you at last and see you're enjoying a wonderful holiday! We're just back from our Christmas trip and getting over the jet lag and settling in...ringing in 2009 will be quiet here-LOL! Wishing you & yours love & joy in the New Year! ((HUGS))

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Thanks for comming by to visit my blog....
I have just read through some older posts of yours and my kids thought your story was great .
Happy New years tto you.
I will be sure to pop back soon

Unknown said...

Hi Catherine! Happy New Year! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! Oh my gosh, you are SO talented!!! I LOVE your bears and your drawings!! They are so precious!! I love them all!

Big Hugs,