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About wreaths and cakes and darkness. 

Since I last posted, I´ve been to Munich and Stuttgart and Hamburg which involved sitting on trains and planes for 20+ hours (not all at once, of course). Needless to say, there hasn´t been much progress on the christmas front, neither in form of preparations nor with regards to a festive spirit. But yesterday, Nigel Slater posted a picture of a wonderful christmas wreath on Twitter and I thought "in an ideal world, I´d have the time to try and make something like this but first, the house needs cleaning" and today in the morning, I thought "the house still needs cleaning but it so dark all the time that nobody sees the dust anyway so go out and make that wreath". So I went out and made a wreath. Two, actually. 

It is quite astonishing what nice stuff one can find in my garden at this time. Look at the bounty! I could have made five wreaths. As for how I made them, I totally winged it. Wreath making, as it turns out, isn´t very difficult. I guess I could have been more professional and look up a tutorial on Pinterest or something, but I am way to impatient for that. 

Here is it in the dining room, I made one for each window. It looks really nice although with the backlighting, you don´t really see much of the wreath itself. Oh well. Maybe if they dry well I´ll transfer them to someplace else after christmas. 

In other news, Ludwig had surgery this Friday. He had a cherry eye and a tooth that needed to be shortened (long story) and both things were taken care of in one surgery. Although these were standard procedures he has a high(er) risk when it comes to the anesthesia due to his heart condition. Hence we were quite nervous but everything went well and he is almost back to his old self again already. Phew! Another thing to cross off the list.

Before I go, I wanted to tell you that you urgently should make Ina Garten´s Cranberry and Apple Cake. I made it quite often a few years ago and then somehow forgot about it. I found the recipe again this weekend and oh, I still love it. Eat it warm with heaps of whipped cream. You´re welcome. 

PS: There was barely enough natural light in the dining room to take this picture. I can´t wait for the light to return. 

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Reader Comments (6)

The wreaths are marvellous. Maybe I'll try next year. (We are rather busy right now moving into a "new to us" 1959 Mid Century Modern, ranch style house).

Ludwig looks wonderful; you must be so relieved. That is a lovely chair you have for him!

December 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJane

Thank you Jane - and congratulations on the new house! As for the chair, it isn´t exactly Ludwig´s, although he certainly thinks so ;)

December 15, 2014 | Registered CommenterKatrin

Beautiful!! Hope, Ludwig is well after the surgery?

December 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkitschvictimvcitm

Anke - Ludwig is doing fine, thank you!

December 17, 2014 | Registered CommenterKatrin

Katrin, Thank you for a year of lovely posts. Your wreaths are beautiful. Happy holidays!

December 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne B.

Darling Ludwig! I think I'm in love. What a handsome lad.

December 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJane

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