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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Yesterday we bought our Christmas tree.  We always buy a real one, a Nordman Fir so a non drop tree, put it in a stand and keep it well watered.  That way it will last way past Christmas.

I love decorating the tree, this year the theme was red and gold. (Excuse the background wall, we have stripped the paper off getting ready for redecoration in the New Year).

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Neil puts the lights up around the house.  Firstly the icicle lights over the Inglenook.

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Then the lights round the inside front door.

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And over the fireplace in the lounge.

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Cards all written, Christmas cake made, so just some present wrapping to do and some shopping to get in and we’ll be all ready for Christmas.

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On making a Christmas wreath again

 

I like to make my Christmas wreath for the front door each year completely from scratch. This year 2 friends came over to make wreaths at the same time, so firstly we gathered all the foliage and willow whips from the garden.

Here are some photos of us making the wreaths this year.

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DSC01867To see how to make one please read my 2012 blog on the subject

https://lodgehousebandbsomerset.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/making-a-xmas-holly-wreath/

This is this year’s wreath finished and hanging on the door.

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Xmas bazaar 2017 at Buckland St Mary

Wow, only a month to Christmas and the festivities have started already.  Yesterday was the Xmas Bazaar at Buckland St Mary village hall and we were on duty with the bric a brac stall again.  It’s surprising what people want to get rid of and give to us to sell, some really good stuff and some really not so good!!DSC01841

There were a couple of Xmas hats for sale, so I modelled one.  I really thought these would sell but no luck, so I will save them for our Xmas singing at the old people’s homes.

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Father Christmas was there seeing all the little children in his grotto.

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There were craft stalls and raffles, tombolas and cakes, all the normal stalls.

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Plus the usual afternoon tea service which always goes down well, especially with added cake!!

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We made £53.55 on our stall, not a great amount but £53.55 more than if we had stayed at home.  Overall £850 was raised for everyday church funds so a worthwhile effort.

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Christmas walk and Christmas dinner

After breakfast and opening our presents we went for a walk up our favourite woods at Staple Hill.  It was a bit drizzly but as we passed people walking their dogs (some dressed with santa collars for the occasion) we exchanged cheery greetings of Merry Christmas. They’ve thinned out some of the fir trees now and you can just see the light through them.

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We came across a small tree that had been decorated with baubles by some children who had left a note on it.

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We stopped to take a Xmas selfie against the backdrop of the woods.

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It started to clear a bit and we got a good view to the North.

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After our walk we popped into the local pub “The Candlelight” for a Christmas drink.  It was heaving with people and we whiled away quite some time chatting to friends before coming home to get the dinner on.  I had cooked the turkey last night and prepared the veggies this morning so there wasn’t much to do except put the potatoes in and then cook the veg.  We served up turkey dinner just before 3pm.

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I’m looking a bit pink from standing over a hot stove, or was it the bubbles going to my head?

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It is traditional to watch the Queen give her speech so after the main course we sat and watched that, then had a little snooze (only 2 glasses of Proscecco will send me to sleep), before Christmas pud and mince pies.

A few phone and Skype calls to family and that rounded off a lovely day.

Hope you enjoyed your Christmas Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rural craft – making a Christmas Wreath

I do this every year, make a Christmas wreath.  After all we have all the components down the woods.  Neil picked some thin willow whips and bent them round a pail.

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We gathered some greenery:- ivy with flowers on, holly, evergreen mint, fir tree and rosemary.

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I started by winding some ivy round the willow whips and attaching with thin wire.

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Next I added the rosemary to give the wreath a nice scent.

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Then I wound some evergreen mint  and some holly round the wreath to add some more green colour. However the holly didn’t half prickle my fingers!

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To finish it off I add a red bow and bauble, some red berries and wound some elasticated red ribbon all the way round to help keep everything in place. We added a wire loop to hang it up and proudly displayed it on our front door.

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I made another one for an elderly friend but didn’t add the holly and actually I think it is the better one.  Practice makes perfect as they say.

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All ready for Christmas

Well in one week we have done all the Christmas preparations and we are now ready for Christmas.  Last Friday we put up the tree.  We like to buy a real one, a non drop one, preferably a growing one in a pot, but the only pots they had were really small trees so we bought this one and decorated it with gold and red.

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We put up two really large baubles from the beam in the lounge.

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Note the Reindeer antlers on the globe lamps, they are for wearing a bit nearer the time for a bit of silliness!!

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I love to get a poinsettia at the this time of year.  They are so full of colour and you must surround yourself with red at Xmas.

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This chappie always comes out at Xmas time too.  He was given to me by a friend I used to share a flat with many  years ago, but he is my favourite Father Christmas.

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The presents are already wrapped and under the tree.

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I love having our Christmas cards displayed on the dresser and the bookcase.

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I have bought the turkey, and done all the food shopping, so now we really are ready for Christmas.

I  hope you are too.

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2014.

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Merry Christmas

I should like to wish all my friends/readers both far and near a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year in 2013.

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Here is my dresser full of Christmas cards. It’s so lovely to receive them and display them all round the home.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

 

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