Winter Comforts at Our Fairfield Home & Garden

Today some blogging friends from The Garden Charmers are sharing their favourite winter comforts. From delicious food to creative handwork projects, we’ve got what you need to make winter a little warmer. See the bottom of this post for all of the project links.

But first, here’s mine:

cat nap

Cat Nap


The garden has gone dormant, the weather is wet and raw and it’s time for more inward pursuits. What’s a die-hard gardener to do with time on her hands?  Not being much of a cold weather enthusiast, my winter months are usually spent indoors. But we have our winter comforts here at Our Fairfield Home and Garden. Let me tell you just a few of the activities that help me pass the time until spring once again returns.


Knitting and crocheting gifts for the holidays is a perfect past-time!

Knitting and crocheting are perfect past-times for a person who is used to being busy all the time. Winter time is when I get started on the hats, scarves and lap throws that will become gifts during the holiday season. For years, many people didn’t seem to care for homemade gifts. But now that there is a resurgence in appreciation for artisan created goods, my little gifts are in high demand. Stockpile the yarn in summer when it is on sale and you’ll have more than enough to last all winter long! If you want to learn to knit or crochet, check out You-Tube for some wonderful tutorials.


botanical illustration

Some of my work from my first-ever water color painting class!

For years, I have dreamed about taking an art class in watercolor painting. Finally, this year I retired from my teaching career and could sign up at Longwood Gardens for the Botanical Illustration class taught by my dear friend, Carol Gangemi. What a joy! I may be a complete neophyte, but am finding painting to be such a calming, inspirational hobby. If you can’t grow them, the next best thing is to paint them! I’m still immersed in flowers, just in a different way.

paperwhite blooms

Paperwhite Blooms

white hellebore

White Hellebore “Jacob”











Houseplants get TLC in the garden room!

forcing bulbs

A centerpiece with forced paperwhite bulbs.












Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean I can give up gardening altogether for months at a time! Now is the time for forcing bulbs, caring for my houseplants in our garden room and watching for the hellebore blooms to emerge outside, the first harbingers of spring. This is the time of year when I’ll buy some flowers at the Farmer’s Market just to have some color and bloom on the table.

gardening books

Gardening books I am reading right now!

A more leisurely pace in the winter months affords me the chance to catch up on reading of all kinds. Especially new gardening books, as I reflect on gardens of the past and those to come. On my current reading list are Making the Most of Shade by Larry Hodgson, The Perennial Gardener’s Design Primer by Stephanie Cohen & Nancy J. Ondra and the All New Square Foot Gardening book by Mel Bartholomew. Through these wonderful authors I’ll learn new gardening ideas and techniques as well as review the tried and true. Come February, I’ll also attend a series of gardening lectures at The Delaware Center for Horticulture. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to hear a renown local gardening author, David Culp, speak about “The Layered Garden” and hope to use some of his recommendations here in our garden soon.

a little nosh

A little nosh never hurt anybody!

Of course there’s nothing like a steaming mug of coffee, tea or cocoa and a little nosh on a chilly day. Even better, “Tea Time” can be taken while reading or relaxing by the fire! The challenge is not packing on pounds during this more sedentary time. I must have been a bear in a former life because winter makes me want to eat a lot and hibernate!

labs in winter

Bundle up, it’s cold out there!

Time to bundle up and head outside for a little fresh air! Our Labrador Retrievers, Chelsea Sue and Sadie Anne, don’t mind the cold one bit and are always willing to head out for a walk around the neighborhood. They love meeting up with their dog buddies down the street and we get to catch up with a friend as we all stroll along together in the daily Labrador Parade.

feet by the fire

Put your feet up and stay awhile!

My warm wool socks and fuzzy slippers are perfect for warming up by the fire after a brisk walk outside. Daydreaming by a crackling fire, there’s time to ponder, remember and think of my loved ones and compose a mental list of chores to do … tomorrow.

laptop computer

My laptop connects me to the world!

And, what in the world would I do without my computer during winter? Many hours each day are spent researching, writing on my blog, e-mailing and keeping in touch through social media (HomeTalk, Pinterest, FaceBook, G+). I am immensely fortunate to have “cyber friends” all over the globe who brighten my days with their creative projects and gardening ideas. What a wonderful world!

Winter Comforts By The Garden Charmers: Creative and Delicious Ways To Enjoy The Season
Winter Comforts By The Garden Charmers
Please visit my friends for more projects, recipes, and ideas, and leave a comment saying hello!

Winter Comforts By The Garden Charmers: Creative and Delicious Ways To Enjoy The Season


18 Responses so far.

  1. Melissa says:

    What a comforting list of comforts you have! Good tip – buy yarn in the off-season. Love your dogs in hats. So sweet!

  2. Loved this post Barb! Great recommendations on the books and love your striped socks ;)

    • Barb says:

      Thanks, Shelley! Now that I have time, I am reading my gardening books (while wearing my woolie socks!) to come up with new ideas for spring!

  3. Carol Speake says:

    Those watercolors are stunning Barb!

  4. Jacki says:

    Barb, just loved your doggies in their hats!

  5. I love to knit and crochet over the long winter. I also do lots of reading of my gardening books and lots of planning for those gardens that are buried under mounds of snow right now.

    • Barb says:

      Got to keep ourselves occupied, right? Also, if I make a lot of my presents during the winter I have more time to garden in the warmer months!

  6. Heather says:

    Sounds like you fill your indoor days quite easily. I love puttering in the winter months too. Thanks.

    • Barb says:

      Putter is just the right word, Heather! A little of this and a little of that until spring when I can get back outside in the garden!

  7. Lynne says:

    Water colour is so much fun. Great for grey winter days.

  8. Feral Turtle says:

    What a great post. I love your pansies! They are beautiful!

    • Barb says:

      Thanks so much! I am really enjoying my watercolor classes and learning how to paint the flowers as well as grow them!

  9. Amy says:

    What a wonderful post Barb, a nice little insight to you and your home and that picture with your labs in those hats is priceless. xo

  10. Lorraine says:

    Your posts make me appreciate wintertime all the more. I am a bit of a loner in my thought that winter holds a magic all its own! I love it, and enjoy every bit of the beauty this season holds. Although, many want to pelt me with snowballs for liking it so much! ha! x


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