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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).


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


Then the lights round the inside front door.


And over the fireplace in the lounge.


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.

The B&B is still open over Christmas


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Keeping a Poinsettia

I love to buy a Poinsettia plant every Christmas.  To me it is the very essence of Christmas, all red and green.  That with a tree and a few red candles really spells out Christmas.  So on Monday I bought one in Sainsbury’s.  I chose to buy it from that shop because I had read that they were all British grown and I thought that would be better than an imported one.


I brought it home and placed it on a mat on the dining room table, out of draughts, away from a window, at a constant 18 degrees C temperature and was carefull to test how moist the soil was and not to overwater it.

However, less than a week has passed and already the lower leavs are curling up and falling off.  How difficult it is to keep a Poinsettia alive!! Why does this happen every year?  Gradually the green leaves fall off and then the red ones, until you are left with a few stalks.  I think it must be because they are hot house grown and when they come inside a house, it is not as hot and humid as where they were grown.  Anyway, with a little luck it will last til past Christmas day and that is the most important time.

Any hints on keeping a poinsettia alive will be most welcome!!

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