Saturday, December 22, 2018

A blurry walk through town, and sweetest gifts!

"Gall-lee"!  friends, is it busy where you are this last week before Christmas! Where do the hours go?

A Christmas wish of mine has been to walk down main street in our little town of Louisburg...

one night near Christmas and look at all the decorated old homes (just a few here) and such awful pictures...

and the college...
Picture borrowed from the internet

Picture borrowed from the internet

the courthouse...
Picture borrowed from the internet

then cross the Tar river bridge where you can see way down the river, and in the night sky, see Santa, his sleigh and all the reindeer all lit up and bright and beautiful...

it was a little scary looking down at that black water. I thought this would be such a good post, but all my pictures came out fuzzy. My little camera does not take good pictures at night. What a disappointment.

Anyhow, our walk through downtown happened because of Andee and Todd. Andee called and said, "Mom, let's do it"! They both are so sweet about things like this.

But you know what? With or without good pictures, it was very special to me. It was cold outside, it was a beautiful night and every place looked like Christmas.

Something else to show you...

The sweetest little bun bun has traveled to us all the way from Fox Grove in Canada to Henny Penny Lane...

he is adorable, and we are tickled to death to have him.

Why, he fits in just perfect, everywhere! 

But says he likes standing tall here with these three tall skinny snowmen, and all these other tall skinny folks.

 and like me too, mama? 

Thank you Deb, so much! Hard to imagine any little critter leaving you and Fox Grove and all the special attention they get there. 

Here's another sweet gift from a friend I met through blogging...
A crocheted dish cloth...something I am always searching for. An apron pattern, of all things! This apron is cute enough to wear to town. I intend to make one too! and Sandy embroidered the cute cup and saucer on the dish towel...and a Christmas pot holder...A pot holder I won't be ashamed to pull out of the drawer on Christmas day. :) Thank you Sandy in New York!

and how special is this!
See those gorgeous large pillowcases with red cabbage roses. Sharon's mom, you probably know Sharon from here, sent those to her years ago and Sharon is now giving them to me. Sharon has sent me gardening books, decorating books, and even a subscription to The Cottage Journal. Remember the Autumn issue of that same magazine...the one that arrived in the mail and I went crazy over, wanting my kitchen to look exactly like the kitchen in that magazine? I dropped everything that morning and took off to Goodwill! :) Thank you Sharon!

Oh my goodness! I've got to get up from this computer and get busy!! I've finished the bonnets, the aprons, and the doll clothes for the lady and she is coming this morning to get them. Guess I'll worry myself to death before she gets here, that she won't like them. 

Okay, I'll hush now! Except, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Aren't blogging friends simply the best!!!



  1. What a nice walk around your town. Thanks for sharing.

    You received some lovely gifts and I wish you and your dear hubby a wonderful Christmas and a great 2019.

    Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

    1. Thank you Lorraine! I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too!!

  2. Hi Henny - you sure have great Friends and Family - so pleased you did the evening walk of Louisburg to view all the Christmas Lights - just great that everyone seems in the mode to celebrate this time of year. Best Wishes. KEV.

    1. Hey Kev, I do, and I sure love my friends and sweet family. And to think, Christmas will soon be here, and over for another year. Merry Christmas!

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  5. ๐Ÿ’ค ๐Ÿ’ค ๐Ÿ’ค ๐Ÿ’ค ๐Ÿ’ค ๐Ÿ’ค Has the post ended yet...???
    HeHe! I jest! I jest! :).
    This post has been going up and a
    barmaids apron...HeHe! Am l allowed to say that!

    I think the photos are a bit fuzzy..due to your
    excitement of's understandable..!!!
    It ALL looks so lovely and bright, especially at
    night time..after a few glasses of wine..don't worry,
    it'll ALL be fuzzy..! Hic! :).

    Oh! Lets have a poem....

    A Song Was Heard At Christmas....
    Poem By....Timothy Dudley-Smith.

    A song was heard at Christmas
    To wake the midnight sky:
    A saviour’s birth, and peace on earth,
    And praise to God on high.

    The angels sang at Christmas
    With all the hosts above,
    And still we sing the newborn King
    His glory and his love.

    "Auguro a Tutti Voi un Natale Sereno....Buon Anno".
    "I wish you all a Merry Christmas...Happy New Year"!
    ๐ŸŽ… ⛄ ´*•.¸(*•.¸♥¸.•*´)¸.•*´ ๐ŸŽ„✨๐ŸŽ„

  6. Oh Willie, yes you are allowed! At first I thought you were serious. I did worry about this being such a long boring fuzzy post. I love your comments. I love the poem too. It's beautiful! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!!

  7. Oh I enjoyed that walk and pictures! Thank you! Your gifts are lovely and no surprise at all because you are such a special person. I hope you and Poppy have a beautiful Christmas!

  8. No worry, she will love them and so will her granddaughters. You just don't realize what a talented and sweet caring person that you are. We see it! Lovely gifts.
    Merry Christmas!
    Connie :)

  9. Your posts brighten my day! I must get my concrete bunnies into the house and give them jaunty scarves just like you did. Such a good idea.
    Walking ( or driving) around looking at how folks decorate their houses and yards is so much fun.

    I'm all ready for Christmas. On the 25th we will be a smaller bunch but on the 26th we will be between 20 and 25 people. I don't even own 25 chairs so it will be interesting ( and fun too).

  10. How beautiful your neck of the woods looks and how special to walk around all those buildings and enjoy them with your loved ones. Such precious memories to keep. Your sweet bun bun looks as if he fits right in, next to all those skinny folk. He is very is your furry fellow. So lovely to visit you this morning; you have put a smile in my day.

  11. I think your night walk was wonderful, something I would love to do.
    You sound busy and excited and joyous. You sound like Christmas should.

  12. The walk sounds like something I'd enjoy doing too.
    You received lovely gifts.
    Merry Christmas to you and all your family.

  13. Hi Henny...Is that little Penny? haha...what a cutie. I love when they stand like that showing off their little feet. I think the little bub-bun has found the perfect home at Henny Penny Lane.
    I enjoyed the Christmas tour. It's wonderful getting out just to enjoy the lights of Christmas. We plan to do our Christmas drive through our area tomorrow night with our big mugs of hot chocolate. :)
    It snowed today here so it looks a little nicer for the Big Day.
    I wish you and Poppy a Very Merry Christmas. I hope Santa slides down your chimney and leaves you lots of surprises under the tree. And chocolate...always chocolate. :) xo

  14. Pretty lights, Merry Christmas Eve Eve Eve

  15. diane in northern wisDecember 22, 2018 at 5:28 PM

    Merry Christmas to you Henny! Loved your pictures. Your town looks awesome and so festive. May God Bless You thru Christmas and right into the New Year!

  16. Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with family. Love you bunches.

  17. Wow, that first picture looks like a scene here in Charleston! So glad you got to go...I don't mind the blurry pictures, some of my favorite pictures are blurry! that's a cute little bunny!!!

  18. Merry Christmas Henny Penny!!! What sweet gifts....I adore cabbage roses, this pillow cases are dreamy!! I must check out that magazine, I’ve never heard of it!

  19. I enjoyed your pictures - blurry or not. And that little bunny is adorable... the real one too! Merry Christmas!

  20. Merry Christmas, Henny! I wish you the best, I am hoping for retirement and I can follow your blog a little more frequently. Its hard to keep up with you. I love the pictures of your hometown and how very wonderful to get gifts from blogging friends! Have a great day and Happy New Year too! Love, Terry

  21. What lovely gifts! I had a package in the mail too, thank you so much for the paper bag holder and the cast iron pan pot holder, your kindness is greatly appreciated!
    So glad you got out to see the snow for you this Christmas:)

  22. Hi Henny, what a great thing to do, to have a walk around town and enjoy the magical lights of the homes. It doesn't matter about the blurry bits - it just adds to the magical atmosphere. I love your little bunny rabbit. Have a happy Christmas.

  23. Merry Christmas to you, HP! The little bunny is very sweet. Your tour through town sounds magical . How sweet to get those gifts! You are dearly loved and appreciate in blog land.

  24. We did fhe same thing in our little town before we left to be with my mom in Florida. The lights at Christmas are just one of my favorite things. We are taking Mom out for a drive tonight to do the same thing here! Merry Christmas to you and your family! xo

  25. Thank you for the stroll thru town. It was a special gift to me. I love the old houses all gussied up for the holidays. And your little bunnies, both so cute. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  26. Henny Penny, so glad you liked the cabbage roses. They always reminded me of a sweet cabin or cottage and now they have found a perfect home. Hope you're able to make something for your home with them. Your town is so lovely. You are indeed blessed to be where you are just at this perfect time in life.

  27. Everything looks wonderful Henny Penny .... I enjoyed your photos of the houses lit up. Your gifts in the post are just beautiful. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas all the way from New Zealand. Though we are in our summer time here, we are having rain, rain & more rain so a very wet Christmas for us here.

  28. A Very Carolina Christmas Poem...
    By Matt LeRoy ~~~~~

    ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
    And all through The Hill
    Not a Tar Heel was stirring, even campus was chill
    The stockings were hung by the chimney with style
    In the best shade of blue, classic argyle

    Kids cozy in bed like a hand in a mitten
    Dreaming of sweet Mama Dip’s country kitchen
    Or the candy at Southern Season and Sutton’s
    Enough to make Rameses bust all his buttons

    When all of a sudden, I heard noises so loud
    Like a packed-to-the-banners game-day crowd
    So I rushed to the window where my wondering eyes
    Saw Old St. Nick flying high through the skies

    He flew over the village, so peaceful and quaint
    A welcoming place to the jolly old saint
    He smiled down on Merritt’s, that ole store and grill
    Al’s, Vimala’s, Spanky’s and Top of the Hill

    Then his sleigh took a turn, for no journey’s complete
    Without a cruise down Franklin Street
    The Varsity sign shone merry and bright
    While a church called Love sang ‘O Holy Night’..
    (There is more.......


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