I was recently gifted a New England treasure — a partridge berry wreath.
It is about 7 inches in diameter.
It fits perfectly in my mother’s china bowl.
Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens) is one of the lowest growing evergreen plants on the forest floor, hardly growing more than 3 or 4 inches high. Plants have a vining habit but do not climb. Instead they form dense mats by spreading their trailing stems out to about a foot from the crown. Roots will often form at leaf nodes along the stems and start new plants. The 4 petaled, pinkish, fringed, fragrant, half inch long flowers appear in June and July. The berries remain on the plant for long periods unless eaten, and can often still be found the following spring.
Truthfully my Christmas gift shopping is finished. However I have a lot of food to buy.
Since I’m having a small diner party on Christmas Eve and a bigger Open House on New Year’s Day I’ll need lots of food.
I have plenty of meat in the freezer so I only have to remember to thaw it out in time for cooking.
I’m planning to make a master grocery list to have ready whenever I can get a chance to do a big shopping. Shopping is not my idea of fun but Christmas is only 13 days away and lots of unscheduled events might keep me busy.
And my big dilemma is that Trader Joe’s has stopped selling Hansen’s ginger ale which is the basis for my signature party drink — The Glade Fizz.
Do you have a special food that says holiday celebration to you?
Recently Sug, who lives in Glade Cottage, determined that a stained glass window would look nice in the small window near the kitchen sink that overlooks the woods.
The color scheme in The Cottage is generally aqua blue and ruby red with heavy doses of white.
For no particular reason I had started getting hummingbird items for Sug because we have both become fascinated by them. When I saw this stained glass window at Plow and Hearth on sale I texted it to Sug.
Sug ordered it and it came in a few days very well-packed in styrofoam.
When she unpacked it we were both excited to see that the window (18″ by 24″) was in the colors of The Cottage.
And it fit the window almost perfectly.
Ultimately the plan is to hang the stained glass in the top of the window.