Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas from Willow Manor

Our Lady of the Fruits of the Earth (detail)
Frank Cadogan Cowper (1877-1958)
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For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
The mighty God, The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.
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Isaiah 9:6
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Best Christmas Wishes to all my dear bloggy friends!
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Lots of cheery holiday love,
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Willow
xx

62 comments:

  1. Cheers!

    Have a wonderful holiday. And, let's hope there's peace and joy from this day forward.

    Bill

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  2. Lady of the fruits... does that include me?

    ;)

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  3. A Very Merry Christmas to you and yours Willow! xoxo

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  4. Have a good Christmas, Willow.

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  5. May you and all of your readers have a beautiful holiday. I look forward to reading many new inspiring postings in the year ahead-no pressure.

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  6. I'd only seen some of Cowper's portrait paintings before...just looked at some of his other work after seeing Our Lady of the Earth.

    Simply beautiful.

    Merry Christmas Willow!

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  7. What a beautiful painting, and glorious red colour.

    Best Wishes for a lovely Christmas, Willow, and thank you for all your inspiring postings.

    (There's a card over at mine - feel free to print it off if you wish).

    May 2009 be a wonderfully creative year!

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  9. Very beautiful!

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

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  10. Such a gorgeous painting...the serenity on her face says it all.. thank you Willow for giving us a chance to focus on just one image and to absorb it for a while..
    Peace, Joy, Love to you and yours

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  11. Merry Christmas Willow to you & yours xo Susan, Winnie Dixon, Bleet, Oliver & Gus

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  12. Wonderful Christmas wishes are sent to you and yours Willow.

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  13. Merry Christmas to you, too, dear Willow.

    Greetings from London.

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  14. Magnificent!! The red and gold in the painting is magnificent...thank you for posting this beautiful painting and a painter new to me.
    Merry Christmas

    Mary Ann

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  15. A painter new to me too. Is he related to the Cowper Powys family of writers? Beautiful. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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  16. Beautiful painting. Perfect for Christmas Eve.

    Merry Christmas to you Willow, and may our lives be brighten by your blog in 2009.

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  17. As usual this is a lovely place to visit and find new things. Merry Holiday to Willow and all who visit here.

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  18. Merry Christmas, Willow

    thanks for the beautiful painting and the wonderful scripture.

    thanks for your wonderful blog and giving us a peak into your life.

    Have a wonderful year!

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  19. Willow, have a wonderful Christmas with family and good friends. Thanks for the wonderful posts you've put up this year that entertained us, making us laugh and remember how all lives are interwined.

    Barbara

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  20. Edward and I send our very best wishes for a most Happy Christmas!!

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  21. Stunning image for this day! Wish you a very happy Christmas, Willow!

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  22. Wishing you a happy, happy Christmas!

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  23. I don't know much about art ... but I happen to like the Pre-Raphaelites ... is this one?

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  24. The Peace and Joy of the Season be with you and yours, dear friend.

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  25. Happy Christmas morning, Willow

    It certainly is a beautiful picture, thanks.

    I hope you all have a wonderful day at the Manor.

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  26. Merry Christmas Willow (and of course everyone else!) and all the very best for the new year.

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  27. I hop over from Elizabeth's place. Merry Christmas to you.

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  28. So happy to have found you this year. Merry Christmas and thanks for the little bit of inspiration and beauty you provide to my days!

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  29. PEACE.
    LOVE.
    HEALTH
    and all good things.
    Hope your day is busy and happy.

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  30. Thank you for beautifying this corner of my life. Wishing you and yours a joyful Christmas!

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  31. Wishing you a very merry day at the manor. Looking forward to any pictures or stories tomorrow.

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  32. Such a glorious image to walk up and share coffee with - am so happy to have found your blog and hope the new year brings you joy.

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  33. beautiful, beautiful picture. merry Christmas..xoxo nita

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  34. Have a wonderful holiday. Wish you a Merry Christmas.

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  35. A very Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, Willow!

    Merisi

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  36. Hey Willow,

    X-Mas greetings.
    Your blogs are lovely.
    Great going.

    Ciao

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  37. Happy holidays and a pleasant 2009!

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  38. Absolutely beautiful!!

    Merry Christmas

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  39. Thanks for the Christmas wishes! Back at you!

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  40. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Willow!

    ~p

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  41. That is one of my favourite Christmas scriptures! And I love that red Madonna looking so stately and royal. I hope your Christmas was happy - I know it was. Mine was too although quiet. We were only six this year at the grand lunch table on the verandah on Christmas Day.

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  42. Classic scripture reference. Did old Leatherhead show up for any eggnog? Hope you and the family enjoy a happy and prosprous New Year. Pappy

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  43. Hope Santa was good to you Willow!

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  44. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas from The Pink Cowboy in Dallas!

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  45. Happy Holidays to you, too, Willow! Discovering your blog was a highlight of 2008, and I'm looking forward to Willow Manor circa 2009! (: )

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  46. I hope there still a little eggnog for me... Merry Christmas!!! I already found out that Charlie is a full time job

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  47. Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day..

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  48. Hi Willow, you're off in real Christmas land now, I suppose. I added a link to your blog on one of my postings and several blogger friends have written(family called)to offer up their appreciation for you ---and me for helping them to find the blog. You are a hit!

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  49. Oh that is lovely. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! You're the best!

    Love,

    Laurel

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  50. Willow, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this picture. Nver seen it before. It is incredible. Wow, wow, wow. Thank you for posting it,

    Lvoely verse too. So stirring.

    and I wish you a very very very merry christma season too Willow. you and all your family.

    thank you for being such a talented, lovely blogger. We love you out here.

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  51. Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2009!

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  52. Nice blog! You sound like someone I'd like to have an Earl Grey with! As we scrolled down your recent posts, my 2 year old said "Nummy cookies," to your picture of, well, nummy cookies. I thought you would enjoy that. ;)

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  53. Great post, Willow. Your blog is worth visiting as always.
    Have a happy new year to you and to the family. :)

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  54. Thank you for all your lovely Christmas wishes, dear bloggy friends!! All of us at Willow Manor had an extra wonderful holiday. x

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  55. Beautiful painting. I think I might have missed Christmas altogether this year...
    Hope you had a good one.

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  56. Hope you had a great Christmas and have a very Happy New Years!

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