Tuesday, December 25, 2007

A Blissful Christmas!

A very blissful Christmas to all the visitors of this blog. I hope that all of you who celebrate Christmas will have a wonderful time in the company of those who are near and dear to you.
It's been great fun to receive you all and to read all the wonderful and kind comments you left behind on my blog. I've made quite a few new friends from all over the world, for which I'm grateful. Garden (and occasionally cat) blogging has been a very positive experience for me
I started blogging last February and have had over 25,000 visitors so far, which is quite amazing.
This year it's not a white Christmas in the Netherlands; we very seldom have them. The last white Christmas I had was in 2001 when it snowed on the Second Christmas day (Boxing day). The sparkling white wonderland we had last weekend is gone alas and nature is wearing her grey frock again.
But I'm glad I enjoyed the winter wonderland while it lasted as it was so beautiful to see the whole world turned into a sparkling white and silvery, magic fairyland.
Today it's gold and purple indoors but in remembrance of that magic world outside, I have decked the Christmas tree (tralalalala, lalalala)
in silver and white too, and it's almost as pretty as the trees outside were. Art imitating life. ;-) So far, everything is still in one piece, the Bliss team is at its best behaviour it seems. I wonder how long that will last. :-)
Merry Christmas!
copyright 2007: Y.E.W. Heuzen

No gardener need go far to find

The Christmas rose,
The fairest of the flowers that mark
The sweet Year's close.
Nor be in quest of places where
The hollies grow,
Nor seek for sacred trees that hold
The mistletoe.
All kindly tended gardens love
December days,
And spread their latest riches out
In Winter's praise.
But every gardener's work this month
Must surely be
To choose a very beautiful
Big Christmas tree,
And see it through the open door
In triumph ride,
To reign a glorious reign within
At Christmas-tide.

DollieRadford, 1904.


Karin A said...

Have a wonderful Christmas time! The blogging world is truly amazing and it has been a pleasure reading your time each time. Beautiful pics both from last winter week and your home. I love your christmas tree! :)

Lis said...

Liebe Yolanda Elizabet, auch Dir wünsche ich ein frohes und besinnliches Weihnachtsfest und alles Liebe im Jahr 2008

Curtis said...

In the few months since I discovered your blog, I have enjoyed reading your delightful posts.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Blissful New Year!

Felicia said...

Merry Christmas :)

Hannele said...

So nice photos, God Jul.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

It is simply Bliss
And not a posting I want to miss,
For I would be remiss
If I should miss a BLiss.

cough cough... I do truly know why you have so many visitors. Thanks for the Christmas poem and all the posts you compose for us here in Blogland. I do appreciate your efforts. All the cats are such fun to follow through your garden days too.

From our house to yours... Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Brimstone said...

Voor jou ook hele fijne kerstdagen!

En wat zijn je katten braaf, dat ze je mooie boom met rust laten :-)

Birgit said...

Liebe Yolanda, Dir und Deinem ganzen lieben Bliss-Team wünsche ich von Herzen wunderschöne Weihnachten. Auf dass all Deine Wünsche in Erfüllung gehen.

Ich habe Deinen Blog erst in diesem Jahr kennen und schätzen gelernt und freue mich schon jetzt auf Deine Posts in 2008.

Ganz liebe Grüße sendet Dir

Layanee @www.ledgeandgardens.typepad.com/ said...

YE: A beautiful wreath, tree and all your lovely decorations! Have a loving and peaceful Christmas!


jodi said...

I'm sure the Bliss team will enjoy unwrapping presents with you as much as our catchildren did, Yolanda! Beautiful tree and photos to make the heart sing. Merry Christmas, one and all!

Pam/Digging said...

Your home is as lovely as your garden. Merry Christmas, Yolanda Elizabet!

Garden Wise Guy said...

I see what you mean about the silver and white. Very different connotation in how it plays in your snowy climate and here in Southern California. Enjoy your holiday and have a peaceful and prosperous new year.


kate said...

Merry Christmas to you, your under-gardener and your wonderful cat family!

Your photographs are always such a treat to see. There's something so magical about trees covered in hoarfrost. Your wreath is beautiful, as is your Christmas tree.

Wishing you a happy holiday season ... Kate ox

JB's Big World said...

You have some beautiful pictures. I like coming back to your blog.
Happy Holidays from JB's Big World!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Merry Christmas, Yolanda Elizabet! :)

Andrea's Garden said...

Hi Yolanda, I hope you had a nice X-mas Eve as we did here in Germany. We are lacking snow as well in our part of Bavaria, but it looks just like it does in the Netherlands - lots of frost. Is the tree still standing? Stella is not bothering ours, only using the spot below as a resting place. Andrea

Rosehaven Cottage said...

Merry Christmas to all the Bliss team!

The poem you posted inspired me to venture out into the garden and take some photos of our own Christmas roses at Rosehaven Cottage. Thank you for that inspiration today!

Holiday Hugs,
Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Kylee said...

I just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas, dear Yolanda Elizabet. I'm so glad we "met" this year. I've learned a lot about gardening and cats, two of my great loves. Thank you!

Petunia's Gardener said...

Merry Christmas to you and your 2 legged and 4 legged family! You have 2nd Christmas too? I was in Germany one year for Christmas, 1st and 2nd! Like first & second breakfast in hobbitland. We try to honor both when we get the chance. Congratulations on your successful year, also.
Best wishes - Paula

Carol said...

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas, Yolanda Elizabet, and best wishes for a Happy New Year, too.

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Welcome to Christmas Bliss!

* Karin: I thought you might like my Christmas tree. ;-) And I always enjoy visiting your blog too!

* Lis: Frohe Weihnachten to you too!

*Curtis: glad you like my blog and a very blissful 2008 to you too!

*Felicia: enjoy the holiday season!

* Hannele: glad you liked the pics.

* Lisa: great poem, thanks!!! And it's good to be appreciated. ;-)

* Brimstone: jij viert Kerst wel op een heel bijzondere wijze. Schiet het schilderen al lekker op? De boom staat hier nog steeds overeind. :-)

* Birgit: Thank you for all your kind wishes und auch ich freue mich schon auf Deine Posts in 2008.

* Layanee: I enjoy decorating the house for Christmas and I loved your gorgeous outside Christmas tree!

* Jodi: the Bliss cat-children love unwrapping presents too and turning the wrapping paper into confetti is a great favorite with them as well.

* Pam: thanks and I hope you had a lovely Christmas!

* Billy: I was amused to see that we both had a post about silver and white but that the similarity stopped there.

* Kate: I hope you had a lovely Christmas and am glad that you enjoyed visiting here.

* JB: welcome and feel free to visit as often as you like! ;-)

* Kim: hope you had a lovely Christmas!

* Andrea: the tree is still standing and all the decorations are still in one piece. Amazing, isn't it? The lovely hoarfrost is gone now over here.

* Cindy: I'm always happy to read that I inspired someone to go into their garden, as that is such a good place to be. ;-)

* Kylee: I'm very happy to have "met"you too. It's great fun to "talk" to you and read about your life in Ohio. Not forgetting that I'm getting to meet all your sweet kittycats as well. ;-)

* Paula: yes, we are terribly spoiled that we have a Second Christmas Day here too. It is similar to the hobbit breakfast thingy, that's for sure. ;-)

* Carol: Christmas isn't over here yet as we celebrate TWO Christmas Days (it's not fair, is it?). With Easter it's the same, we have First and Second Easter Day. BTW loved all those garden related decorations in your tree, simply wonderful!

shirl said...

Ho! Ho! Ho! Yolanda :-D

...and a merry Christmas to you to! Looking forward to 2008 at Bliss :-D

beuzeblaadje said...

Yolanda ik kom je bedanken voor je reactie op mijn log en wil je hierbij gelijk een fijne 2e kerstdag wensen.

Wat ontzettend knap dat jij je log helemaal in het engels neerzet. Ik zit hier vol interesse en met veel enthousiasme al een hele poos logjes en reacties te lezen.....
Kan er nog niet genoeg van krijgen dus ik kom beslist terug!

Je hebt een geweldige site!

beuzeblaadje said...

Vergeet ik nog te zeggen dat ik je gedicht en boom SCHITTEREND vind!

Entangled said...

Hope you had a happy Christmas! And what lovely decorations! I can always count on your posts for beautiful inspiration - thanks!

lenie said...

oooooooo heerlijk sfeertje hier ..en ook al zo'n wonderland ...is me goed toeven hier zeg !!
Vreselijk mooie fliepsels kom ik tegen , héél sfeervol ...meis een fijne voortzetting van de tweede kerstdag ;))

Betty said...

Your Christmas decor is gorgeous....I would expect no less of you.....

Thank you for the visit and kind comment.....I feel that I have a friend in the Netherlands named Yolanda......

Blessings for the forth coming year.....Love, Betty

No Rain said...

Hope your holidays were wonderful. To have 25,000 visitors in less than a year is truly an amazing feat. You are among the elite in the blogosphere!

lisa said...

Merry Christmas Yolanda!! Your tree looks great-like one gigantic cat toy! ;-)

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Happy Boxing Day! I had been going non-stop with family stuff since Sunday - it's great to finally relax & enjoy your lovely blog. That wreath is so elegant! Best wishes for the New Year.

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Yolanda, love your white Christmas photos. All the best to you in the new year. Enjoy the rest of your holiday season.

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Season’s greetings Yolanda..... May 2008 be enriched with many blessings. Marion

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Welcome to Christmas Bliss everyone!

* Shirl: hope you had a lovely Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you!

* Beuzeblaadje: wat leuk dat je er zo van geniet en je bent natuurlijk altijd van harte welkom hier. De boom is inderdaad mooi en hij staat (ondanks 8 katjes in huis) nog steeds overeind. ;-)

* Entangled: glad you liked it and enjoy the holiday season!

* Lenie: als de wereld er plots zo mooi uitziet is het haast niet mogelijk om geen mooie foto's te maken. ;-)

* Betty: I wish you all the best for the New Year too and lots of blogging fun!

* Aiyana: I was rather surprised by that amount of visitors, but it was a nice surprise. ;-)

* Lisa: uh-oh, don't let the kittycats hear you say that. ;-)

* MMD: Christmas time can be a bit stressful so I'm glad that you were able to relax a bit reading my blog. I enjoyed reading other people's blogs too. Best wishes for the New Year!

* Ruth: that white winter wonderland was wonderful to experience. We don't have this sort of thing very often here, the last time was in 1985.

* Marion: thank you for your kind wishes and the same to you too! Enjoy the holiday season!

Bert said...

Hi Yolanda,

Merry Christmas to you. It looks very cosy in your house.
Wonderful pictures again.
Enjoy yourself!!



Naturegirl said...

Yolanda may the magic of the Christmas Spirit be with you and all your feline family today and all trough the New Year! As always delightful images you share. My daughter has the same coffee table!
We did have a white Christmas..I loved reading your poem! May I use one sentence on a future post I have in mind? I shall credit YOU of course!
Looking forward to continuing our visits through this next year of gardening..I feel blessed to have met the ~Bliss team~ hugs NG xo

Tracy said...

Lovely post...and I love all your decorating. Hope you & yours are having a beautiful holiday season...many blessings in the New Year ((HUGS))

Poppins said...

We do not have snow here in south of Sweden. It is only raining and raining. Do not remember when I saw the sun...
But I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that your new year will be great.

Hillside Garden said...

Yolanda, ich komme spät, aber ich komme. Einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr wünsche ich dir - und dein Tisch mit den Kugeln sieht einfach genial aus.


stadtgarten said...

I hope you have had a wonderful christmas and send you my best wishes for a happy and healthy new year!
Groetjes, Monika

vierkatjes/lavendeltuin said...

Nog een paar dagen en alle feestelijkheden zijn weer voorbij,
dan gaan we met frisse moed aan een nieuw jaar beginnen en uitzien naar de lente!
Ik heb trouwens Tuin&Co gekocht en er lekker in gelezen de afgelopen dagen, leuk blad!(Leuk stuk van jou!)
Het januari nummer moet ik geloof ik ook weer kopen? ;-)
Ik wens jullie een rustige jaarwisseling en een gezond en zonnig 2008 toe!
groeten, Marian

guild-rez said...

Hello Yolanda,
thank you for all your wonderful pictures, sharing your cat stories and garden inspirations.
Now it is my turn to wish you a
Happy New Year..
"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."
-- Edith Lovejoy Pierce

marl1 said...

Plezierige jaarwisseling en een mooi 2008 gewenst!

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Happy New Year Yolanda! Best wishes from Tyra

SchneiderHein said...

Liebes Bliss-Team,
ein schönes Weihnachtsfest hattet Ihr ja bestimmt. Falls es bei Euch demnächst auch knallt und pufft, um das neue Jahr zu begrüßen, dann wünschen wir Euch eine große Portion Ruhe und Gelassenheit für diesen Abend!
Liebe Grüße
Maus & Allegra

Connie said...

I am just now getting a chance to visit some of my favorite garden blogs...including yours!
I hope your Christmas was wonderful and wish you a very Happy New Year, and your best garden yet in 2008!

Betty said...


Happy New Year to you and wishing you best in the new year.....Betty

marga said...

Wil jullie een liefdevol, gezond en fantastisch 2008 wensen.
Groetjes Marga