Decking the Halls and Jamie Oliver Christmas Special!

I am very excited today for three reasons. The first reason I am excited is because there are only 24 days until Christmas! The second reason I am excited is because I have 100 readers of my little blog! Renny from the absolutely beautiful blog Bizzy @ Home became my 100th follower! Thank you Renny and thank you also to everyone who has visited me over the last few months. I am obviously so very grateful to my wonderful  new and dear friends who are "following" me. It has been so wonderful meeting you and I appreciate your friendship-Thank you! The third reason I am excited is because I am linking up with Susan from Thoughts from over the Rainbow  who is hosting a beautiful "Deck the Halls" party. This party started today and it will continue every Tuesday until Christmas. I have already had a sneak peak at Susan's post and she has the most beautiful home which has been all decked out for Christmas!

I have already shared a few pictures of my Christmas decorating so I won't bore you with them. Instead, how about I show you what I watched on TV as I was taking pictures for this post!

I watched a Jamie Oliver Christmas special! He cooked a goose, a turkey, cabbages and he roasted chestnuts over an open fire and then he made fruit mince pies.  I was meant to be taking pictures of our home but I obviously got a bit distracted!

For example as I was taking this picture of our lounge area he was discussing ways to tell when a goose is cooked.

I believe that he was making stuffing as I was taking these next pictures of our cutlery stand in our hallway. His stuffing was made with pork mince and it looked sensational!

I did a swap out of candles-I like these ones better than the ones in the first picture

Here is a picture of another of our Chinese pieces in another hallway. My beautiful daughter painted the picture in one of her art classes...Jamie was talking to the turkey farmer here...aren't they funny little creatures!

On this cabinet I have 3 gold trees, a bowl of orange pot pourri and a snow globe that Mr Attorney bought me. It plays my favourite Christmas song "Winter Wonderland".

I think Jamie was making dessert about now...fruit mince pies the Jamie Oliver way...don't they look unbelievably good!


 As Jamie was discussing the ingredients for the pies I was taking pictures of the Christmas tree!

These 2 decorations are from America. One is a Longaberger piece from our dear friends in Ohio and the other comes from Muir Woods is San Francisco.

As I finished taking these photos, Jamie finished his Christmas special and I think it might be best that I finish writing this rather crazy post! I hope you enjoyed a quick tour of our lounge area and a quick summary of Jamie Oliver's 2007 Christmas Special.

Thank you Susan for having me today. Please go and visit Susan to check out the other bloggers who have decked their halls!

Thank you for coming to spend time with me today in my little corner of the world Down Under! I absolutely love seeing you and I really love hearing from you too so don't forget to say G'day!

Take care and best wishes always,
Natasha In Oz 


  1. Hi Natasha,
    I hope I'll be the first reader in this post :D
    A very good 3 reasons you have today. I love all these nice pictures you took, good shots.

  2. Hello Natasha!
    Your tree looks SO pretty! I love the way you hung your stockings in the stairway...clever :).
    I hope your son is feeling better.
    Have a wonderful day!!

  3. Ohhhh! Pretty, pretty, pretty!

    I especially love pics taken "after dark." Like candles and tree, and etc. :-)

    Please, I have a Blogging Question posted today. Would you be so kind as to pop over, via the above click-able link, and give your view?

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    Aunt Amelia

  4. I always love visiting your blog so I am not surprised you are at 100 followers! I consider it 5 minutes for me too! FUn way to post -with Jamie :)

    Have a beautiful day!

  5. Love the little angels, and the pot pourri, and the Christmas tree ... and ...

  6. Bonjour Natasha! Congratulations on your 100th follower. Really enjoyed this post, I'm excited too there are only 24 days left before Christmas. Your decorations look great!

  7. Congratulations on reaching the 100th follower milestone! I loved seeing all of your Christmas decorations. Thanks for sharing!

    Enjoy the season....

  8. 100 followers...congratulations. I'm only about halfway there, but I'm so grateful for each and every one of them. I really wondered if I would have more than 2 or 3!

    I love the way you posted this...so fun. Of course since my house if full of shells, I really like the shells around your candles. Orange potpourri would be wonderful...I think I'll pass on the mincemeat, I just never got into that!


  9. Longaberger as in baskets? I love their baskets, have several wish I had more. I loved your piece and the photos. Great art by the way. I wish my furniture was so dustless. :) Jenn (Congrats on the 100 followers!)

  10. Congratulations on your 100th follower!! That just shows you how likable you are!!

    I love your tree and all the trimmings...and I had to laugh as you kept up with Jaime's show. He is a cutie!!

    Have a wonderful evening, Natasha!


  11. 104 followers - wow! Your photos are wonderful and I like your 3 reasons today too :)

  12. 100 Congratulations Ms. Natasha. How exciting. I enjoyed my "5 minutes" with you today. Have a great week.

  13. Many congratulations Natasha - 100 - fantastic - I only have a tenth of that number, each one very special and welcome though and I thank you for being one of them too :-).... Love the Festiveness of your home and your whole enthusiasm for Christmas - its just great... (Just got back from USA today and despite a bit of jet lag was so looking forward to my 5 mins visit to your blog with my feet up and a nice cup of tea - bliss!) - Thank you - it didn't disappoint x

  14. We finally get our Christmas tree this afternoon. I'm finally looking forward to doing it all up! The Christmas season is upon us at last! Love your little silver tray with the decorations! Ange

  15. Dear, dear Natasha!
    You have lovely, wonderful blog! Thank you for visiting me and making me aware of your blog! I always wonder how people find me....it is so nice to get comments from all around the world.I have a lovely blog friend from "down under" named Dzintra from "My Dolce Vita". Isn't it great to get comments and share each others' interests? You have a beautiful home and the photos are so nice of your tree! Please come again and Merry Christmas!! Anita

  16. Great post Natasha, very original! My computer is so slow at the moment it's more like "15 minutes just for me", that's how long it takes to get the post up and wait for the comments page to appear.
    Tell your daughter I think her art is fabulous.
    Your decor is lovely.

  17. Hi Natasha, You are just such a sweetheart ! A Precious Doll ! : )... Thank you so much...for your sweetness ! I bet it was difficult to focus on the task at hand with Jamie on the telly so kudos to you for taking these lovely shots...so beautiful and festive your home is...it does'nt matter that its not a white christmas down under...as it is the christmas spirit that matters the most...and your home is filled with it in abundance !...

    Thank you again..for making me smile so often...! : ) ...

    PS : I published you really adorable and sweet happy birthday message...but it never got displayed on my comments, could you please please please repost a comment for me?...( the blogger comment feature is just giving me some trouble today...I am sorry)...Thank you so much Honey ! uummwaaahh ! x

  18. 100 followers - how exciting!! Maybe one day I'll aspire to that too :). By the way, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your daughter's painting. it's beautiful!

  19. Natasha--I am late getting by. I have been dealing with Mr. Linky issues! Thanks so much for participating! I love your decorations! Your daughter's art work is beautiful! Thanks for participating in Deck the Halls. Hope you will come back Tues.!



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