Nevada City

The Holly and The Ivy

 There are four large holly trees are on the property surrounding this old Victorian., all covered in brilliant berries. Solitary Towhees and Jays, along with groups of Juncos, Chickadees and Titmouse decorate their thorny branches. The windows look onto many old oaks and cedars between me and Deer Creek below.

There are four large holly trees are on the property surrounding this old Victorian., all covered in brilliant berries. Solitary Towhees and Jays, along with groups of Juncos, Chickadees and Titmouse decorate their thorny branches. The windows look onto many old oaks and cedars between me and Deer Creek below.

 English Ivy scrambles over the rock walls, much of it in berry this time of year.

English Ivy scrambles over the rock walls, much of it in berry this time of year.

 Two favorite photographs by Northwest artist Deborah DeWit hang above the chest of drawers in the main sitting room, 

Two favorite photographs by Northwest artist Deborah DeWit hang above the chest of drawers in the main sitting room, 

 In the vestibule, pine cones, wooden pears, and a bowl of chestnuts on the old Italian ironwood console.

In the vestibule, pine cones, wooden pears, and a bowl of chestnuts on the old Italian ironwood console.

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 One of several fairies that can be found on the tree.

One of several fairies that can be found on the tree.

 On the kitchen island, Cyclamen, Paperwhite Narcissus and shining deer.

On the kitchen island, Cyclamen, Paperwhite Narcissus and shining deer.

 A basket seen through the french doors holds portraits of my paternal grandfather in his World War I uniform and my grandmother, Beth Campbell, in her wedding dress.

A basket seen through the french doors holds portraits of my paternal grandfather in his World War I uniform and my grandmother, Beth Campbell, in her wedding dress.

 Coppery corn cob ornaments suspended from an old chandelier, un-wired and repurposed as a candle holder in front of the bay window.

Coppery corn cob ornaments suspended from an old chandelier, un-wired and repurposed as a candle holder in front of the bay window.

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 Looks like these two found a winter hideaway in the holiday tree.

Looks like these two found a winter hideaway in the holiday tree.

 A Lyre-back Hitchcock side chair of Victorian vintage.

A Lyre-back Hitchcock side chair of Victorian vintage.

 Solstice buffet  of Crudites, Salmon, Haricots Verts, and cheeses. So yummy.

Solstice buffet  of Crudites, Salmon, Haricots Verts, and cheeses. So yummy.

 Angel at nine feet.

Angel at nine feet.

 Joyeux Noel! Little packages ready for delivery.

Joyeux Noel! Little packages ready for delivery.

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Beth Ford