Hello Mark, That poodle carrying the basket of flowers reminded me of the ceramic one featured by Reggie Darling:http://reggiedarling.blogspot.tw/2012/01/violets-for-darlington.html Merry Christmas to you, too. Jim
Wow, Jim - You've got a prodigious memory! Merry Christmas from the other side of the world.
Merry Christmas, Mark.
Merry Christmas, Steve! I am imagining a circle of good friends around that handsome tree . . .
Dear Mark, Wishing you a very special Christmas. I can see the palm trees swaying in the wind while we have fireplaces blazing and watching more snow come our way. I look forward to each and every one of your blog posts. Always interesting and informative and thoughtfully presented. I look forward to a New Year of Mark Ruffner posts. MERRY CHRISTMAS, Gene and Gina
Merry Christmas, Gina and Gene — the palm trees aren't swaying, but the temperature is a balmy 60-something, cool for us in Florida. In fact, I joined friends around an outdoor fire last night, a perfect way to spend Christmas Eve.
So true!Also best wishes for aMERRY CHRISTMAS!from the Périgord, karin
Dear Karin - Thank you for visiting and for your kind wishes! I wish you a 2013 that is filled with all the happiness that makes good memories.
Hello Mark,I love this postcard and Merry Christmas to you.GreetingsJérôme
Dear Jérôme,A Joyous Noel to you and your family, and may 2013 be a good one for you!Mark
Dear Mark - I promised myself that I would not go on the computer today, but here I am. We have a lull in the celebrations, as we are all feeling 'amply sufficient' following our Christmas dinner.Enjoy the rest of the day from H and myself.
Dear Rosemary,I too have taken a break from today's over-indulging to see if there is any activity on the computer, and I haven't even had dinner yet! I am going out later with friends to eat Spanish food, and then a get-together afterwards. And then ... I will be ready to be fitted with a corset!
Merry Christmas Mark..not sure what time is it in Florida. Today its Boxing day and unlike yesterday the sun is shining.I keep going back to yesterdays family photos..love the drum under the tree!
Merry Christmas, smr! As I write this in reply, it is still Christmas Day in the U.S.It's interesting that your attention is drawn to the drum. That was doubtlessly my grandfather's idea because he also bought a drum for his first grandchild, my older brother. It was not a hit with my mother!
http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/latrobejournal/issue/latrobe-84/t1-g-t2.htmlsome old Australian Christmas cards in return
Thanks for this link, smr. I think the four floral cards would look striking matted and framed together.
Hope you had a great Christmas too, Mark. For us it was such a delight to spend the day with my granddaughter. Nothing like a small child to make Christmas even that much more special.
Hi, Yvette - I can imagine how much fun your Christmas was, sharing it with your granddaughter. It's been about 30 years since I spent a Christmas with kids.