...for Christmas and the New Year... 
     I wish you all much joy and happiness!

Around midwinter the days are very short and can be so gloomy…To bring a little cheer into these dark days there is no better colour than gold! 

In the Yellow Salon of my Canal House  I hung a mirror by Jim Coates which I gilded with 23 carat gold leaf.  The little pier table was made by David Iriarte and the silver-gilt inkstand was made by Jens Torp.

The soft glow of these golden colours warms me up instantly!

                                        … through treetops blowing…

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Hear the wind through treetops blowing 
drafting through the windowpanes.
Will the good Saint Nicholas be showing
through the storms and through the rains,
through the storms and through the rains? 

Yes he rides through nights unfailing
on his horse so strong and fast. 
If he knew how we await him
surely he would not ride past,
surely he would not ride past!

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