Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Beat the January Blues!

Just popping in for a very quick Hello and to share some pictorial randomness from the Magical Manor.
This January has been the perfect month for snuggling in front of the fire, enjoying some wonderful early morning strolls in the fog and visiting some of my favourite Country houses and hotels without venturing into the gardens but to fill my face with scrumptious English Afternoon teas.


It has also been a wonderful time to see the beauty that frost adds to the Winter garden, to watch the sunset under icy skies and to catch up with naughty old friends that introduce you to Whiskey & Elderflower Sours!


What's keeps you busy in the month of January?

27 comments:

  1. You pretty much summed up what's nice in winter!

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  2. Sir Paul! Look at you, looking so fabulous in that last photo with a friend. Enjoying the whiskey and elderberry sour with friends? Sounds delightful. January for us has been bitterly cold and will not let up. One day however, we can have a thaw, the next day, ripping winds that go right through your multiple layers of clothing!

    You look wonderful and well-rested from what I'm sure was a mad holiday rush of your artful magic. ENJOY and so good to see a new post! Anita

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    1. Thank you so much Anita, yes I'm back and super rested, ready to take on 2014! Hope all is well in the Triple C household, keep wrapped up warm!

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  3. Everything looks so beautiful and the food looks so delicious. I want to try everything here especially the Whisky sour. Your bartender is so talented surprising you with special drinks. You live the good life Paul!

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    1. I seem to be on a roll with the Elderflower & whiskey sours. I had a rather fab version with egg whites last week which once shaken gives it a delicious foamy top! Yummy!

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  4. That all looks so good! I have never tried a whisky sour ... am I missing out?!

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    1. Definitely missing out Jane, you have to try one! :)

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  5. Shoveling snow (not really, my husband does that) and dressing like an eskimo. We are allegedly in a polar vortex or something with the word bimbo in it ????? Weather people, Oy!

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    1. Directing snow shovelling is an integral part of the snow management program Amelia!
      Wrap up and stay safe, I'm a huge advocate of 'Yaktrax', they're cheaper than an chiropractor ! ;)

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  6. Eating...eating some more....exercising so I can eat some more. Your life is much more glam.

    xo j

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    1. I hear ya sister, I love that workout program; "Eat Cake & Look Fabulous" Lets write a book, it could catch on!

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  7. I'm busy in the gym Paul, trying to get rid of the Christmas fat arse! I loved that pic of the chicken silhouette against the fog. You could sell that one!
    January sucks!!!!
    Di
    xoxo

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    1. Isn't old chickypoos a great image!
      It sounds like Jane, Loi and you and I will all be wearing the old spandex leotards complete with sweaty headbands and legwarmers this season!

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  8. I find myself so busy in January planning for February...it's very fun!

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    1. and February is booked solid for me, planning for March;)

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  9. Great picture of you Paul - I wondered where you have been and what you have been up to - I might have guessed you would be having lots of fun.

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  10. Love your pretty collages here Paul! We are doing much the same except it's abnormally warm and dry. Trying to grab some sun before it reverts back to normal winter. I still can't believe that rose photo! Amazing. Enjoy your cozy time! xxKim
    p.s. That sounds like a cocktail I have to try!

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    1. I have to credit that image to pinterest Kim, its a beauty non!
      Yes, you do have to try an elderflower and whisky sour and I want your review on my desk by Monday please! ;)

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  11. We are freezing here in DC!!! A very lonnnnnng winter so far. I'm enjoying all of my big, snugly wool sweaters :) Great for hiding the extra pounds from those decadent holiday sweets!! xoxo, L

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    1. I love my oversized winter knits Loi, they really do hide a multitude of mince pies! xx

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  12. Dear Paul,
    mmh - 'whisky & elderflower sours' sound so interesting that I want to hear more of it. Do you mix the same parts of elderflower and limette? January is filled up with getting visits by many friends, eating too much chocolate cake, diving deeply into Downton Abbey - DVDs (and yes: Lewis also - as there is no more Morse), strolls through frosted parks and reading a lot. Ah - and trying to create new organization systems and writing diligently another manuscript.

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  13. Nothing nearly so interesting as visiting country houses and hotels, and enjoying afternoon tea. This sounds like the perfect way to spend January.

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  14. Paul,

    I am sure that all of the swimming and sun filled days are burning off any calories consume over Christmas. I hope that 2014 is treating you well.

    I love all of your photos as well as those streaming on instagram.

    Have a great week!

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  15. Hi Paul, I'm glad you are enjoying this really cold, really wet month. But that is a good thing in our area. Of course, I was soaking up sunshine most of the month while on vacation. I 'm looking forward to some frost so I might be able to capture some plant (such as they are) in my garden. I think that is such a beautiful picture, as all of yours are..Happy Weekend..Judy

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