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Christmas stocking on antique banquette in elegant bedroom. The charcoal drawing of a cow is by artist Jason Gathorne Hardy ***** At home for Christmas Birdie Fortescue?decorates her house in a sophisticated but low key style where the?antique oval dining table takes centre stage in the large open-plan?living space between the sitting room and kitchen. The house features?art work by a number of East Anglian painters reflecting local scenes?such as crab fishing and the famous flat landscapes and big skies of?Norfolk. It is a warm and cosy country house with old fashioned (but efficient)?bathrooms, plump curtains, soft country colours and deep seated sofas?and chairs, the rooms scented by log fires and candles. Most of the?Christmas decorations now conveniently come from the shop, things Birdie?chooses for herself like the Dutch-made waxed pine cones. Extended?family dine on filet of beef on Christmas Eve and a traditional turkey?lunch on Christmas Day with long walks along the beaches at Holkham and?Wells in between. With the frantic run-up to Christmas in the shop and?The Kitchen Birdie and her family can finally relax over the festive?period and enjoy their own beautiful house and tree.