Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas snippets...

Long time no blog posts...
It has been a busy time here this Christmas in The Humble Bungalow!
We have been totally immersed in the festivities...
lots of food, family and fun.

Gifts from afar...
unexpected and so welcome.

Dressed up
painted my nails
put on some vintage bling.

Went out to an annual Christmas Eve Open House at the home of dear friends.
The National Lampoon Christmas Vacation Moose Cups were on hand 
to sip single malt scotch from if that is your preferred tipple.
(Mr. HB likes it)

I polished the silver and dusted off the crystal goblets.

Christmas Crackers were on the table as they always are...
the only time we ever had a Christmas without the crackers was when we went to Palm Springs 
 we could find none despite scouring the town...
I was convinced that Jurgenson's would have some....
sadly not.

Simple setting with our Sophie Conran china.
Adults only for dinner as the grandchildren would be with us on Boxing Day.
The turkey was delicious...lots of veggies accompanied the "bird."

I was spoiled with lovely gifts.
Pearls and cashmere.

An Espresso maker and two new Emma Bridgewater bowls to replace the one that chipped.
Thank you Santa!

We met friends for lunch at The Bard and Banker.


the first of many.

Statue of Emily Carr 
on site at The Victoria Fairmont Empress Hotel.

My walking partner and I met up for lunch downtown followed by some shopping.
R convinced me to invest in a new pair of jeans...
(long overdue I might add)
so I now have some new NYD jeans that fit and flatter.
It often takes a friend to persuade you to spend some money on yourself.

The Riviera yogurt glass jars have been re purposed as spice jars.
Tops were sourced online at the company's website and I wasted no time in getting the spice drawer organized.

There will be a lot more tidying up around here in January 
but for now we are readying the Humble Bungalow for house guests...
I will be away from the blog for a few more days
but will be on Instagram every day at least once if not twice.

Happy New Year


  1. Beautiful pictures Leslie. Your gifts, all show a lot of thought and are just perfect for you. I guess you were very happy and perhaps a little emotional as you unwrapped them! Good use of your yoghurt pots. I also use them to make small amounts of salad dressing. Perfect for shaking some virgin olive oil, balsamic and red wine vinegars when making a salad for lunch and then ideal to store any left over for the next day! Like you I ll be back to having lots of salads in the New Year!

  2. Merry Christmas Leslie all the best for the New Year! Your blog gives me inspiration on a daily basis!!

  3. Your photos are wonderful. They all give a cozy and blissful sense of 'Christmas'. I always am looking for a new blog from you.
    Happy New Year and enjoy all your new treasures!

  4. I love your tidy spice drawer.
    All the best for 2016 and lots of use of all those spices

  5. I'm happy to have found your blog this year. Best wishes for '16!!

  6. Leslie, your blog is a calm oasis in a frenzied world.

    Thank you....


  7. Happy New Year Hostess to you and all your family. I've enjoyed getting to know you a little thru your blog this year, and, when I'm in England, it's lovely for me to look at the blogs of my West Coast friends and be reminded of home. I hope your 2016 continues to be happy and wonderful and all your wishes and hopes come true. Big hugs.

  8. Happy New Year - and through these comments I've learned you are called Leslie, so Happy New Year, Leslie! Love your posts, keep them coming!
    from Margaret P in Devon, UK

  9. Happy New Year. Thank you for the peek into the festivities. That necklace is gorgeous. Excellent choice.

  10. From Margie in Toronto - so glad that you had such a wonderful time and both you and your home look fabulous! Hope you had no ill effects from the earth quake hat hit your area - I was thinking of you!
    Happy New Year - enjoy your break - but don't be away for too long!

  11. Happy New Year Leslie!
    I love your new pearls!

  12. Happy New Year! I laughed when I got to the end of your post and saw you repurposed your Riviera yogurt jars as spice containers. I just got my lids in the mail, and that's exactly what I'm planning to do with my jars.