Santa’s traditional yuletide greeting was somewhat overtaken at our house this festive season by the typical communication of a parliament of owls, selected from my treasured collection, to adorn our home on this occasion.
Owls of different types, sizes, shapes and dispositions contributed to a unique cheerful and colourful display all over our bar.
Not that Christmas 2014 was extraordinarily owlish, as my fond memories of Christmas past (in 2013) are of a tree so heavily overladen with owl decorations that it had to be provided with extra supports,
a gift from Yvette of an “adopted” snowy owl from the World Wildlife Fund, companion to the barn owl she gave me the previous year,
delicious owl cup cakes made and decorated by Cara,
Davey showing off my pair of new cushions,
It was wonderful to have my sister, Wilma, staying with us before Christmas this time and the charming nativity scene which she made for me during her visit was certainly the highlight of the owl display and encapsulated the true spirit of Christmas.
In the lead-up to Christmas, it was a lovely surprise to receive a beautiful bouquet from a friend and to find a delightful little owl peeking out among the vibrant red and white flowers.
The College P&F Executive also indulged my love of owls, presenting me with a gift of this very striking metallic piece to add to my collection.
When Yvette arrived home for Christmas, she brought her Dr Hoot, twin of my very own Hooty. Dr Hoot’s visit was not purely social, however, as in an incredible co-incidence, both Dr Hoot and Hooty required urgent repairs to their respective right eyes.
Left: Hooty (owner: Marcia)
The outcome was a happy one with successful eye surgeries performed on both by Peter.
I am a true believer in Santa Claus, but to ensure I was not missed in the jolly old man’s distribution rounds, I faithfully left out not one, two or three, but four stockings to be filled.
… and Santa did not disappoint me. “Owl I want for Christmas” and owls in abundance were certainly among the many great gifts I received.
With Christmas over, the owlish activities did not cease. I could not go past the Boxing Day sale of these leftover Christmas items at an irresistible 75% off!
Another post-Christmas purchase of an owl cookie cutter enabled me to make some sandwiches with a difference!
My New Year resolution has been made – and should be an easy one to keep!
To all my family and friends, I wish you a “Hooty” New Year and may “owl” your wishes for 2015 come true!