January 1, 2010

The New Year's Midnight Hour!

Tick Tock Tick Tock Tick...
There is nothing like the quiet, steady tick tock of an old fashioned clock as it counts the hours.
Happy New Year, Julie! We love the clock!

New-Year Chimes

Clash! Clash! peal the bells;
New-Year life their welcome tells,

Wealth of sunny days to be.

Sing the joy-bells gleefully:
"Golden hours and days we give,
Hours and days in which to live

In the ways of truth and right."
So the bells ring forth with might,
Heralding a future bright:

Clash! Clash! peal the bells.

- G. Weatherly

One of Tasha Tudor's favorite quotes, by Henry David Thoreau: "If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

In "Mother Goose", Tasha Tudor illustrated "Hickory, dickery, dock" with a fine old clock striking one with a cat looking expectantly on.

Tea in the parlour with roses.

"The New Year's Carol" by Johanna Spyri and a cozy, warm log cabin quilt of flannel and wool. The tin chamberstick was a gift to Sarah from a tinsmith who admired her old fashioned tin lunch pail, and when she gave him a homemade cookie out of her lunch pail he gave her the tin chamberstick.

An Autograph book from 1885, the first entry inscribed with the date Jan. 1st 1885. A stork carrying Baby New Year is surrounded with roses.

The cover of the 1885 Autograph book and the back of the log cabin quilt.

A delightful find last summer was this fillable hot water tank with knitted cozy. When your feet are cold nothing warms them quicker than this wonderful foot warmer. A great way to have heat without having electric!

The hot water tank without its cozy. It almost looks like marble but 'tis oh so warm!


1 comment:

Lady Farmer said...

Oh, my! Dear Diane and Sarah!
I have been so busy with family here for the last two and a half weeks that I fear I have missed so much by not being able to come for a visit!
The clock is delightful as are all of the marvelous things you show ~ the sweet book, the charming autograph book and OH! I so would love to have a foot warmer like that! I will be sure to keep on the look out for one from now on! And log cabin quilts are one of my favorite patterns!
Tah Tah, friends, and have a wonderful start to the New Year!

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