Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas lights

A drive around my town on Christmas Eve.









Click on any photo to see lots of detail.

54 comments:

tina said...

Wow! They are all so perfect! And you did such a good job of photographing them all.

flydragon said...

Great photos. Looks sooooo peaceful. I see you also had quite a bit of snow over there.

Sweet Repose said...

What a fun ride that must've been, such beauty to behold...now let's see how long it takes to get them all down...LOL

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas...now on to the New Year and let's hope for some changes around this joint!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Tina, taking a drive to look at the Christmas lights has always been one of my favorite things. I usually have to twist someone's arm to come with me;)

Flydragon, it was very peaceful. We went pretty late in the evening. We had just gotten about 5-inches of new white powder on top of the older snow.

Marnie

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hey Sharon, LOL, some will still be up at Easter;)

YES, we are all ready for some changes!
Marnie

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Beautiful homes--they all look like Christmas cards! I hope your Christmas was wonderful, and that the New Year will be even better.

Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

Very pretty!

We had a wonderful Christmas. Hope yours was perfect, too.

Cameron

Connie said...

Those are some very stately looking houses and lit to perfection....not overly done, but just right. The light that looks the warmest is that which spills out of the windows. Hope your Christmas was warm and lovely.

oldcrow61 said...

Lovely pictures. Hope you had a great Christmas.

sweet bay said...

What beautiful Christmasy pictures! I especially like the first and third houses, they are beautiful.

beckie said...

Marnie, what lovely old homes you have in your town. Each could be a Christmas card. I love looking at all the lights, too. You can't help but get into the spirit when you see them.

Happy New Year!

joey said...

Your beautiful neighborhood looks much like mine, Marnie. Our village sets out luminaries (a fund-raising project for our garden club) on Christmas Eve (but didn't get a chance to photograph the beauty, rushing from the Children's Mass for evening festivities). Do hope this Christmas season fills your heart with joy.

Niels Plougmann said...

A very white Chrismas indeed! Sure beats our grey 40F! So beautiful even though a bit annoying clearing the driveways and driving! There is nothing as tranquil in the world as a snowcovered landscape.

Niels

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi MorningGlories, they look so beautiful at night with the lights highlighting the wreaths.

Hi Cameron, I had a very nice Christmas with my family. The Best!

Connie, I agree. Warmth and cheer at the heart of the homes.

Marnie

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi OC, I had a really nice Christmas, hope you did too.

SweetBay, I like those too. This is a very old section of town where the houses are all interesting.

Hey Beckie, I love old houses. We have a nice area of well kept old homes in my town.

Marnie

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Joey, there are areas here that do the luminaries too. I think those homes are newer. I love the old houses.

Hi Niels, we had a soft powdery 5-inches on Christmas Eve morning. Made everything so bright and new.

Marnie

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Any one of these pictures could be a Christmas postcard. They really convey the holiday spirit. All that snow. You lucky lady.

Steffi said...

Lovely photos!Perfect for Christmas cards!Sweet!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Lisa. Lucky? Enough snow is enough. We have reached that place. I hereby cancel all future snows;) Send them to Lisa.

Hi Steffi, I agree, those folks do a lovely job of making their homes look beautiful for Christmas.


Marnie

BeadedTail said...

Magical! I love Christmas lights and the homes in your area are beautiful!

Sherri said...

Marnie, the homes around your neighborhood are beautiful!! They all look like they are out of a magazine. Glad your had a good day!

perennialgardener said...

You have some beautifully decorated houses in your neighborhood Marnie. The snow just makes everything seem more Christmas like too!

Ben said...

Hi Marnie,
Loved your photos! What a beautiful magical town... very storybook like.
I love that winter feeling with the warm lights shining through.
best,
Nan

Nan and =^..^= said...

Hi again Marnie, that was me just above this...the one that says Ben!
I was setting up a blog for my Dad at a distance and forgot that I was signed into his blog when I left my comment!
Nan

Darla said...

What charming photos!

Jamie and Randy said...

My goodness! What picture perfect photos! You should be making postcards!--Randy

Rose said...

These would make wonderful Christmas cards!

Cordwood Cabin said...

Beautiful photos...I love looking at people's lights display (and sometimes craning a little to see a tree decorated in front of the windows). I hope yours was a very Merry Christmas with big plans for a happy New Year!

ramblingwoods said...

Oh my gosh..they are all so beautiful...

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Hi Marnie,
Thanks so much for providing this lovely tour of your town ... alas, we don't get out to do this much around here, and especially this year. Those houses are beautifully done and you captured them so very well, so thanks again for your perspectives!

We didn't get any lights up this year, even though we wanted to, but things just didn't work out. I do hope you and yours had a great day ... ours was peaceful and very quiet, except for the sounds of me sneezing and coughing with my brand new Christmas cold! Had to happen, I guess... :-)

Phillip said...

Great job on the photography. There is just something so comforting about a house lit up at night and covered with snow.

Kathleen said...

How fun Marnie! We've done our share of light viewing this year too but I never think to bring my camera along. You've photographed some beautiful homes/decorations. I love the house itself in the very first photo ~ it's gorgeous. and I like the idea of a tree on the porch like in the last picture. I get so many ideas riding around looking at what other people have done. Happy New Year to you too!

Rose said...

I love looking at all the light displays at Christmas. Sadly, I noticed fewer in our town this year. Thanks for sharing these beautiful homes with their displays with us, Marnie.

I just noticed I missed your previous post--I really enjoyed the background on some of my favorite Christmas songs. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Patsi said...

Always love those big homes.
Would need a maid...
Your pictures are wonderful !

flowergardengirl said...

What a treat and the old houses look especially good wrapped in a blanket of snow. It certainly does look festive. I can't believe how crystal clear the pictures are and especially on this new puter.

Bren said...

I believe you have captured a winter wonderland on your page! WONDERFUL PHOTOS... thank you for sharing these. I truly miss living in town look at these wonderful homes in your town. We are out in the country so the light display is limited. THANK YOU for sharing these sights of the season.

Merry Christmas from my Garden to yours!

Looking forward to what 2009 will bring to your garden so we can enjoy them on your blog.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi BeadedTail, Sherri and PerennialGardener, those are beautiful homes. That is a very old part of town. It's lovely in the summer too.

Marnie

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Nan, I don't do a lot of night photography. I admired yours as well as several other bloggers I visit.
Marnie

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hey Darla, Randy and Rose. Maybe I'll start my own postcard business;)

Marnie

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Cordwood, I feel the same way. Especially at night when all the little distractions are invisible and only the best things are lit up.

Hi Rambling Woods and IVG, glad you like the tour of old homes. IVG, I know how it is when work consumes all your time.

Marnie

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Phillip, it does make a cozy scene, you can imagine a warm house with good food and friends.

Hey Kathleen, I haven't taken a camera before either. Kind of a pain getting out the tripod for every shot;)

Hi Rose, it seems to me many people had smaller displays this year too.

Marnie

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Patsi, I wouldn't object to having a maid;)

Flowergardengirl, I need a new monitor. I don't think mine is giving me the best photos.

Hi Bren, I'm way out in the country too. I drove into town to look at Christmas decorations. Not a lot to see on the rural roads around my farm.

Marnie

Frances said...

Hi Marnie, that is the most fantastic display of a snowy Christmas with lovely homes and tree lined streets. I really enjoyed all the lights, thanks!
Frances

The Garden Faerie said...

Wow, you sure have a nice town. I also enjoy looking at Christmas lights, and have ever since I was a kid. There wasn't too much in my area this year. I kind of lean toward the crazy, colorful out-of-control lighting technique, but appreciate any effort anyone makes!
About the winter sowing, sorry you haven't had any luck. This is the 5th or 6th season I've done it. Some seeds don't sprout for whatever reason, but I've had great luck with it. You do need to check for water levels throughout winter, and ventilate once seeds sprout, but it sounds like seeds never sprouted! :(
~ Monica

The Garden Faerie said...

Hi Marnie, I've been meaning to comment for some time on your About description. I especially like/relate to the following: "I’ve been married, and I’ve been single. Single is best. Being single isn’t always easy but it is always easier." I do miss some of the financial comforts of two incomes, but I really like making all my own decisions, big and small. I'm grateful I have a close circle of friends and many activities to keep me happy. I wouldn't rule out a SO, but that's not a "goal" I'm pursuing, and I can't see myself being married again. My MIL used to say she thought marriage licenses should be regularly renewable, just like driver's licenses. At the time (I was in my early 20s) I found this a bit odd, but now (in my early 40s) it sounds really reasonable!
~ Monica

Kerri said...

No wonder you love to drive through your neighborhood on Christmas Eve...the houses look like something from a fairytale...so beautiful!
Like you, I enjoy hearing the traditional Christmas carols and love those beautiful old lyrics.
Stop by for tea anytime you're in the neighborhood! ;)
Wishing you joy and many blessings for the New Year. I hope your Christmas was wonderful.

troutbirder said...

Hey Marnie We just got back and I had to catch up on your blog. What fun! The pictures in the last post are so neat. I want to go in each home and sit by the fire with some hot choclate.

Dog_geek said...

Nice - they are all so tastefully done! Around here, we are more likely to see lots of blinking colored lights, gaudy lit-up reindeer and thickly applied strings of fake icicles.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Frances, I wanted everyone in the south to envy our white Christmas just for one moment. It is usually the opposite, me wishing my climate could grow some tender perennial or that the tomatoes had one more month to ripen on the vine;) Glad your Christmas was a good one.
Marnie

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hey Monica. Not everyone feels the same. I miss the financial benefits of my marriage but the old sayings about money and happiness are true.

About winter sowing. I guess I don't keep track of the soil moisture. January to May is beyond my limited attention span;) I will try again.
Marnie

Roses and Lilacs said...

DogGeek, LOL, we have our share of blinking reindeer. I love them too. Next year I'll get photos in neighborhoods with young adults and kids where the decorations tend to be bigger and brighter;)

Hey Troutbirder, I can't imagine why they didn't ask me in for some hot cocoa. I should have been singing while I took pictures. That would have got their attention.
Marnie

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Kerri, if only our group of gardeners/bloggers/pet lovers lived closer together. We cold have tea and swap plants and favorite recipes. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and that your New Year will be everything you hoped for.
Marnie

The Tile Lady said...

Gorgeous houses, all beautifully decorated! Each photo looks like a Christmas card! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!!

Marie

Rob said...

Lilac, your photographs are amazing. Thank you.