on the December 2016 table


I am documenting the year with monthly photographs of my kitchen table. Capturing the jumble that accumulates here, at the heart of the kitchen, is also a way to record some of the domestic stories of our family life.

Looking back, I see that this is the third year running that there has been an angel on the December table. This year’s angel is small and wooden. She’s the only new decoration that I have bought this year. The littlest and I found her in the local fair trade cafe when we popped in for a drink and a biscuit, which was also angel-shaped. She’s been sitting on the mantel beside a jug of eucalyptus.

The eucalyptus is a little tired and dry now, but it still smells so festive. I bought a big bunch from a florist’s shop off Marylebone High Street, when I was in London for the 91 Magazine  editorial meeting. For some reason, the florists around here rarely stock it, and yet it is such a lovely addition to the home in winter.

Also on the table, coffee (of course) and a couple of sticks of cinnamon. They too have a festive scent, and are destined for a batch of my gingerbread syrup, which my husband has requested so that we can make homemade gingerbread lattes. The kitchen seems to be permanently ginger-scented at the moment; I’ve been baking spiced tree decorations this week. The littlest and I are obsessed with our latest cookie cutter (part of this cute set). You and I know that it’s a moose, but given the time of year, the littlest is fairly certain that it’s a reindeer. Either way, it makes great cookies. My lovely cousin helped us to ice a batch, and it turns out that she is a genius with the piping bag!

The little thumb pot candle holder was made by incredible ceramicist Sarah Jerath, a gift last year with its beeswax candle. Lighting candles in the daytime makes everyday moments feel so special. Finally, for the second year running, there’s a copy of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales on the table. It really is the most magical book, perfect for these few festive weeks.

There is the table in the last month of 2016. I hope that you’ll return to visit us both in 2017…

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