As the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark, we received 9.5 inches of snow. More than our total winter snow fall for each of the last three years. 20 below zero nights kept me busy keeping the chickens comfortable and the house warm!
I realized, mid month, that I had to slow down and allow my abdominal scar, where I had three cysts removed the end of November, to heal. Not an easy decision for me to make with all I have to do here! I accepted that healing had to be the first priority and I can catch up later.
To feel productive I did some work on this blog site and created four sub-pages under the Shops at Fayrehale page. It is our intent to have an online business presence where we can offer items that are representative of what we carry in the Shop. Nothing can match an in person visit! (Once we open in late May 2014) We know everyone won’t be able to make a personal visit so we will keep some interesting items on here.
Our goal is to maintain and present an unusual and eclectic selection of antiques in the shop and some of them will be featured under Antiques from Shops At Fayrehale
Christmas has always been a special time of year for me. Years ago (1973), my brother and I established The Christmas Shop in Searsport, Maine. This was before the big box Christmas stores full of stuff from China and people drove hours out of their way to visit us. A unique store full of German ornaments along with gifts and toys. That must be in my blood as Christmas will have a significant place in the shop we are opening here at Fayrehale. Once we are open there will be a nice selection presented here on the Christmas from Shops At Fayrehale page.
Gifts from Shops At Fayrehale allows us to offer things for the person who isn’t interested in antiques. This page will grow along with the Christmas and Toy pages as we approach opening and non-antique merchandize is received. As I have visualized and planned Shops At Fayrehale over the years, I have always said: “Antiques, Christmas and Gifts – those three words will stop every car!”
We are excited about our May, 2014 opening! Lots to do and I will get back in to the swing of things after Christmas.
Tom arrives tomorrow for a five day stay! Yeah! We will celebrate Tom’s Birthday, which falls on the Winter Solstice, with a “Woodstock Day” and a Birthday meal at a new restaurant we have been wanting to try! A “Woodstock Day” is a leisurely day, strolling the streets of Woodstock, and stepping in to shops as they catch our fancy!
Any visit to Woodstock always includes a visit to Gillingham’s !
FH Gillingham & Sons General Store
So until next year!
Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!