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Merry Christmas from my house to yours

May your days be merry and bright and may your new year be full of light.

Christmas Eve is my Christmas, so I’m signing off now. I’ll be back in a few days. Meanwhile, I hope I posted enough blog content over the weekend to keep you going for a while.

Now I leave you with some merry, bright, and sunny views taken around Mo Saoirse Hermitage* in the last two days …



Mo Saoirse = My Freedom in Irish Gaelic. Mo Saoirse Hermitage is aka my house, formerly known as Ye Olde Wreck. It’s a wreck no more, thanks to more than a little help from my friends. If you haven’t followed the saga, you can get it by doing a site search on Ye Olde Wreck. But here’s a sample of what the last 5+ years have been like. This will be my first Christmas in a fully functional and mostly finished house.


  1. Pat
    Pat December 24, 2018 3:28 am

    Beautiful, Claire! Congratulations.

    The Christmas tree is gorgeous in the window. I love Mr. Sun(s) around the house. And how does the rain chain work in practice?

    What is the next-to-last-picture wall that’s partially lit up? I don”t recall any wall with that pattern while you were building.

  2. James
    James December 24, 2018 6:16 am

    Looks GREAT! Merry Christmas!

  3. Jim B.
    Jim B. December 24, 2018 7:07 am


    That’s not a wall, look in the last picture, you’ll see it in the door.

  4. Pat
    Pat December 24, 2018 7:13 am

    Yeah, I see what you’re saying. It was hard for me to distinguish. Thanks.

  5. Joel
    Joel December 24, 2018 7:33 am

    Yay! Well done, Claire, and Merry Christmas.

    And also, yeah, how does that rain chain, of that’s what it’s called, work?

  6. Claire
    Claire December 24, 2018 10:26 am

    That particular rain chain (exactly what it’s called) works very well. Some don’t. I’ve found that the trick is having small chains and wide-mouth containers. Functional ones still splash a bit, but they convey a lot of water and are fun and relaxing to watch.

    I tried a “better” rain chain that had large chains and small cups and all it did was splatter water everywhere except into the drain where the thing was actually supposed to carry the water.

    Thanks to Pat for turning me on to these cool devices.

    Also: Private to Joel and DA, note that your gifts appear in the background of the rain chain photo.

  7. Claire
    Claire December 24, 2018 10:29 am

    Thanks for clarifying, Jim B. And thank you and Merry Christmas to you all.

    I’m off now …

  8. Mike
    Mike December 24, 2018 12:22 pm

    A very merry Christmas to you Claire.

  9. Comrade X
    Comrade X December 24, 2018 12:43 pm

    Merry Christmas Claire!

  10. ~Qjay
    ~Qjay December 24, 2018 1:50 pm

    What a beautiful Hermitage! 🙂
    You do good work, and have excellent taste!

  11. Borepatch
    Borepatch December 24, 2018 2:06 pm

    Claire, the Queen Of the World and I would like to wish you and yours a very merry Christmas!

  12. John Wilder
    John Wilder December 24, 2018 6:56 pm

    Merry Christmas!

  13. Joel
    Joel December 26, 2018 5:47 am

    Interesting! When I asked “how does it work” I kind of meant the question literally, since I had never heard of a rain chain before. Turns out it’s a very cool artsy alternative to a downspout on the gutter of a small roof surface.

  14. Claire
    Claire December 26, 2018 6:17 am

    LOL, sorry not to get that you were looking for the basics, Joel. Yes, it’s an artsy replacement for a downspot. But in a way I’m glad I misunderstood, because you posted a good video.

    I didn’t get quite that elaborate in planting my rain chains, but hmmm, I have a big pot like the one they show in the vid and I might try that next year.

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