Merry Christmas, Dear Readers!

Merry Christmas to my dear readers!

Merry Christmas, Dear Readers!

Merry Christmas to my dear readers! Lynn Hayes has been a practicing astrological consultant in beautiful North Carolina for over 35 years, working with clients all over the world. She focuses on therapeutic and healing approaches to encourage greater empowerment and personal growth. She is available for personal consultations.

When Mercury is retrograde we often see communication and equipment snafus, and things not going according to plan.  There is a “shadow” period lasting about a week on either side when Mercury’s movement is slower than normal. These are excellent times for planning and reflection but not good times to begin something new.

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, Dear Readers!


The editors of the Porsche Newsroom wish you a Merry Christmas.

For Porsche, 2019 has heralded a new chapter in the company's history: with the world premiere of the Taycan and the opening of the CO2-neutral factory for Porsche's first all-electric sports car, the manufacturer has reached a new milestone. Electric mobility is also a job engine for Porsche: the Taycan will create 1,500 new jobs at the Zuffenhausen location.

So a lot has already happened. But at Christmas it's also time to pause and calm down. We wish you, dear readers, a blessed Christmas and a healthy, successful year 2020.

Your Newsroom editorial team

Porsche presented the Taycan to the public with a spectacular world premiere held simultaneously on three continents.

The company increases production in Zuffenhausen for the first purely electrically powered sports car.

Porsche has opened the new factory for the Taycan under the watchful eye of 320 guests from politics, business and media.

The company is already presenting the third version of the new electric sports saloon with the Taycan 4S.

Taycan Turbo Fuel consumption/Emissions* Fuel consumption* combined 0 l/100km CO2 emissions* combined 0 g/km Electric power consumptions* combined 26 kwh/100km Taycan 4S Fuel consumption/Emissions* Fuel consumption* combined 0 l/100km CO2 emissions* combined 0 g/km Electric power consumptions* combined 25.6–24.6 kwh/100km Taycan Turbo S Fuel consumption/Emissions* Fuel consumption* combined 0 l/100km CO2 emissions* combined 0 g/km Electric power consumptions* combined 26.9 kwh/100km

The Porsche Newsroom is a service provided by the Porsche Communication for journalists, bloggers and the online community.

© 2020 Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

* Data determined in accordance with the measurement method required by law. Since 1 September 2017 certain new cars have been type approved in accordance with the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), a more realistic test procedure to measure fuel/electricity consumption and CO₂ emissions. As of 1 September 2018 the WLTP replaced the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

Due to the more realistic test conditions, the fuel/electricity consumption and CO₂ emission values determined in accordance with the WLTP will, in many cases, be higher than those determined in accordance with the NEDC. This may lead to corresponding changes in vehicle taxation from 1 September 2018. You can find more information on the difference between WLTP and NEDC at

Currently, we are still obliged to provide the NEDC values, regardless of the type approval process used. The additional reporting of the WLTP values is voluntary until their obligatory use.

As far as new cars (which are type approved in accordance with the WLTP) are concerned, the NEDC values will, therefore, be derived from the WLTP values during the transition period.

To the extent that NEDC values are given as ranges, these do not relate to a single, individual car and do not constitute part of the offer. They are intended solely as a means of comparing different types of vehicle. Extra features and accessories (attachments, tyre formats, etc.

) can change relevant vehicle parameters such as weight, rolling resistance and aerodynamics and, in addition to weather and traffic conditions, as well as individual handling, can affect the fuel/electricity consumption, CO₂ emissions and performance values of a car.

** Important information about the all-electric Porsche models can be found here.


Merry Christmas Dear Reader

Merry Christmas, Dear Readers!

Am I too early to wish you a Merry Christmas? I do hope not dear reader because this is my last post until 2019 and I didn’t want this year to end without thanking you for all your support.

You see every week I hit that ‘publish’ button, I wonder if you will enjoy the story. Seemingly you do as I meet you here often.

This week before we enjoy our Christmas break, I wanted to share with you how I shall be presenting a selection of those handmade gifts you have watched me craft in the past few weeks…

This gift for a dear friend starts with a splendid basket, not a new one in my case, you know me too well. This very large rustic affair could be used for so much after all it’s Christmas goodies have been removed. If it were mine perhaps I would fill it with pine cones or firestarters or maybe even kindling.

Perhaps if entertaining at a huge table, it would contain artisan breads or maybe it would make a perfect rustic centre piece full of candles and greenery straight from my garden. For today I have lined it with simple white shredded paper upon which I will place my gifts.

You may prefer a more festive or shiny paper.

In the old basket I’ve placed a few homemade pretties.  The first you saw here when I painted a plain wooden coat hanger and added a mini lavender heart.

The pretty lavender heart matches the fabric I selected for the notebook cover you can read about here to which I added an inexpensive pen bought from a local independent shop.

And would any Christmas basket be complete without a handmade decoration? One which I hope my friend will enjoy for many more years to come.

There’s a simple and festive paper star and heart garland too which I made from an old book you may recall Mr M salvaged from a skip for me a while back.

And I thought a linen fabric covered matchbox would pair up quite nicely with this beautiful festive candle from @simplygorgeouscandles_uk aptly named Cosy Christmas since that is exactly what it smells .

 Alison’s wonderful creations come in all manner of beautiful jars and bowls, gorgeous cups and mugs.

I hope this pretty vintage crystal dish will be reused by my dear friend long after the the wonderful candle has disappeared.

And for a final touch, a beautifully crafted seasonal calligraphy label from @painted_olive which I won along with lots of other labels in an Instagram competition (now there’s a first) and really should be shared with my friends.

Soon when I’ve stopped fiddling with the basket and it’s pretty contents, I shall wrap it all up in simple tissue paper and use my wonderful raggy ribbons (read here how to make these) to tie it closed. And I shall add a festive clay tag to a luggage label and faff with more wonderful wrappings and tiny festive bits and then call it good.

And eventually when everyones gifts are wrapped and safely under the tree, I shall sit back and reflect with a glass of something festive no doubt. I shall recall not for the first time just how lucky I am that you join Belle and I here each week to read my stories, try crafty ideas and join in with my up-cycle adventures. Thank you, so very much.

For now though lovely reader, we each have a Christmas to create. I hope very much, to be lucky enough to meet you here once again in 2019 and in the meantime I shall wish for you, a truly magical Christmas with your friends and loved ones. Merry Christmas x