Merry Christmas!

Palma: Madonna and Child

Christmas has crept up on me this year. As you’ll be able to tell from my recent silence, I’ve been very busy for the last few months and haven’t even been able to read that many books. My adventurous year finished in grand style with a trip to glorious (and very cold!) St Petersburg last week, during which I spent most of my time either exploring the Hermitage in starry-eyed fashion, scurrying around in -10°C temperatures, or tucking into really excellent Georgian food. Now I’m back in the country with my parents, gearing up for a nice quiet Christmas full of good food, games and festive TV. This is my chance, as usual, to thank you all for continuing to read the blog and a big Christmassy hug for those of you who comment, engage and recommend new things. So I wish you all a very happy holiday, however you choose to spend it, full of fun and relaxation, and a New Year full of health, happiness and success.

Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

Giotto: The Nativity

Christmas has appeared on my doorstep with almost unseemly haste this year. It’s been a frenetically busy autumn, so it’s with a sigh of relief that I sink into the sofa cushions, wriggle a little closer to the log fire, eye up the tree chocolates and raise my glass of sherry to all of you. The point of this post is to thank all of you for continuing to follow The Idle Woman, for reading, for commenting, and for making it such a joy to write. Wherever you are and however you’re spending the holidays, I wish you all happiness.

Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

Netherlandish School: The Nativity

And so, once again, it’s time to sit back and congratulate ourselves on having got through another year. 2016 has been interesting, hasn’t it? – much in the manner of the old Chinese curse, ‘May you live in interesting times’. However, here at The Idle Woman there has been some light and happiness so, in the interests of peace on earth and goodwill etc., I thought I’d focus on the good stuff.

Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

543a0-botticelli_uffizi_37

And news of a brief sabbatical…

So it’s this time of year again! I just wanted to take this opportunity, a little earlier than usual, to wish you all a very merry Christmas or holiday season, and all prosperity, success and happiness for the New Year. Thank you so much for reading and supporting the blog this year; and I propose toasts of sherry to those who take the extra effort to comment and brighten my day: Heloise, Dehggial and Isi, my loyal regulars, I salute you all.

Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

Ghirlandaio: Adoration of the Shepherds

Domenico Ghirlandaio, The Adoration of the Shepherds c. 1483, S. Trinità, Florence

It’s that time of year again and I wanted to take a moment to wish you all an extremely happy Christmas and all the very best for next year. Just think: 2015 is already on the horizon: I can hardly believe it! Thank you all for your continued support of the Idle Woman and a special thank you to the loyal band who leave comments and send links and emails and all sorts of wonderful extras for me to follow up. You’re all fab.

Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

Stom: Adoration of the Shepherds

Well, it’s that time of year again! The TV schedules are groaning with the old classics, the larder is full of more food than seven people can possibly eat, the mince pies are cooked, the cake decorated, and I’m trying to figure out the precise nature of the giftwrapped packages under the tree… Wherever you are, I hope you’re settling in for a day of fine food, time with family or luxurious self-indulgence, depending on your preferences.

Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

Giorgone: Adoration of the Shepherds

Just a quick message to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, wherever and however you choose to celebrate the holidays, and all health, happiness and prosperity for 2013. Thank you so much for visiting The Idle Woman this year, and special thanks to those who take the time to leave comments, to discuss and to recommend things to me, whether on the blog or via email.

Continue reading