Saturday 19 December 2009

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow........................

Can you spot the difference?

Our front doors on Monday evening.

Our front doors on Friday evening.

We may well have a white Christmas after all.

I can't remember if the snow held off or not but 50 years ago today it was a very cold Saturday in Lancashire, England when June married Roy at St Mary's Parish Church in Oldham.
The Bride and Groom, Mr & Mrs Roy Bland.

The parish church was built in 1830 (but on all accounts this was a replacement for a former church which stood on the same site) and its interior was painstakingly restored to its original unusual design in 1974.

The Wedding Party.

In 1827, Sir Charles Barry’s plans were rejected for the rebuilding of Oldham Parish Church. Barry eventually built the houses of Parliament. I wonder what these plans looked like, and what Oldham missed?!
Congratulations Aunty June & Uncle Roy on your Golden Wedding Anniversary from Margaret your 9 year old Bridesmaid.


  1. Your home is beautiful anytime, but the snow adds so much for Christmas. How sweet you looked in the wedding. What happy memories for all.

    Have a great Normandy day.

  2. Congratulations to your aunt and uncle.

    There IS something about snow for Christmas!

    It's really very pretty!

  3. Let me see.....hmmmmmm, could it be that glorious white stuff falling out of the sky, sugar?!?! Just perfect for a Christmas picture postcard!

  4. Your home looks like a fariy tale wrapped in that snow! So beautiful. And what a wonderful post!
    In Lancaster, Pa we have about 6 inches and we can get up to 24- I love snow!
    Blessings for a White Christmas!

  5. Oh I do, I do, I DO see the difference, and I LOVE the difference!!!!

    Merry Christmas, you little bit of Normandy, you!!!

  6. Thank you for sharing your aunt and uncles Golden Wedding Anniversary with us and what a lovely little bridesmaid you were!!

    Congratulation to the wonderful couple.

    Your front doors look great with or without snow!!!
    Although we had had some sun today there is still a lot of snow about in Surrey.


  7. The snow adds a magical touch to your front doors. It's just beautiful!

    Congratulations to your aunt and uncle on 50 years of marriage!

  8. You may have any and all snow that is meant for my area. No, no I insist. It is all yours.

  9. YOur home looks beautiful snow or not Maggie. I don't think I am waiting for more snow. In my part of the country there only fell about an inch and I am happy there was no more. The weatherforcast tells us we will be getting more tomorrow. We will just wait and see. Merry Christmas

  10. OH Maggie, what a PERFECTLY precious photo of you! I love it, and your lovely smile stays just as are YOU.
    I have been watching the weather in France..and how cold it is, and the snow coming down on the Eiffel Tower. Love those web cams..but your home looks PERFECT for Christmas with that new frosting of snow. Congratulations to your Aunt and Uncle and may they have many more happy years together.

  11. How wonderful! We awoke to snow today too....and we baked Christmas cookies all day listening to holiday music. Perfection!

    And I love that photo of you when you were nine. You look mischevious *wink*

  12. How wonderful! We are supposed to have snow tonight. With a possibility of a white Christmas. We shall see.

  13. I think it is wonderful that you might have a white Christmas. I am hoping for one here in Michigan! And your house is so beautiful. I really enjoyed browsing your blog today. You have some really great posts. Have a wonderful weekend and a very Merry Christmas.

  14. Maggie, I wish you just enough snow for beautiful atmosphere, but not so much that it interferes with any plans you have for the week!
    Congratulations to the Golden Wedding couple. You were a winsome little bridesmaid!

  15. I agree with Yvonne---your home looks like a fairy tale! So much love in one post I don't know where to begin. Your entrance is so inviting and I really like your double wooden doors. France has some amazing doors, do you agree?

    Congratulations to the bride and groom. What a milestone. Is that a muff you're holding? I haven't seen one in years. When I was about the same age that you were in this photo I had a muff that my mother brought from France so seeing yours was a nostalgia trip.

    Your baked goods look superb!

    Merry Christmas.

  16. Charming wedding pictures. The snow looks lovely at your doorway. We had 21" this week-end...looks nice, but a lot of shoveling!

  17. Oh, what a sweet photo! 50 years is wonderful--congratulations to them. We're having a big snowstorm here, and I think it came from your way--did you get it?

    I hope your Christmas is a good one. Meilleurs voeux de Verviers!

  18. What a delightful post! For many reasons, your blog reminds me of my homeplace in North Carolina, USA. The Bland name is an old one there.

  19. What a sweet post! Oh, and the snow is just beautiful! I don't think we will ever have a white Christmas in Georgia! Joyeux Noël! Linda

  20. Your front entrance is so pretty and the snow makes it look perfect. I am dreaming of a white Christmas since we have not yet gotten any snow.

  21. Hi Maggie,
    your front doors look stunning with or without snow... so elegant and charming as they are. The rest of the house must certainly be amazing.
    Snow adds that special Christmassy touch that's making it look even more stunning.
    We won't have any but I sure do not mind as long as the Christmas spirit abides in our home and we can share love and thankfulness with each other.
    And what a sweet lovely bridesmaid you were. I love that picture... so precious.
    Have a blessed holiday season and a very Merry Christmas

  22. Maggie, what a darling post. The snow photos, but mostly the wedding photos are dear. You look so cute as a bride's maid. Love the muff. Makes me recall one I had as a child that looked much like the one you carried. Stay warm and cozy! ~ Sarah

  23. I like the way you used the pine cones in containers.


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