Thursday 29 December 2011

ABC Wednesday X X X

The only Xs in my garden are the two little Xmas trees that I bought last Christmas and put outside after Epiphany. We always observe the tradition of Twelfth Night and put away all Christmas decorations on that day.
You can see the tiny cones on the little tree
Anyway, the trees survived and thrived but I could only bring one indoors because the other had been ‘leant on’ by a hanging basket and displayed brown needles where there should have been green. It will recover in time for Christmas 2012 I’m (almost) sure.
The one I brought indoors is decorated with buttons of glass and brass and the red ribbons and bells that adorn the necks of Lindt rabbits, reindeer and Santa Clauseseseses. 
There are one or two small wooden ornaments, too. 
The white and silver gauze trimmings and ‘pearls’ from Christmas crackers make tiny baubles and the whole is lit with battery-operated strings of small lights. 

I took the photos so they’re not very good. The busyness of Christmas has left me strangely ill-coordinated and eyes, brain and hands are not working in synchronicity, it seems J

I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas/holiday season and are looking forward to New Year’s Eve. I wish you a Peaceful, Prosperous, Happy, Healthy and Fulfilling 2012J

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  1. I have taken down the cards today - all to be recycled via craft class ! The tree was a disaster this year - next year we'll be sorted! lol! Happy New Year to you and yours.

  2. Don't apologize for their pictures. They ARE good indeed. And you also have a gift of decorating trees. I wish you a (belated) Merry Christmas and an early Happy New Year!

  3. Are your little trees in pots still? Perhaps I'll have to do that too. I've bought rooted trees in the past and planted them in the garden after Christmas, but they either died or got too established to come in.

    Happy new year!

  4. Hi Janice .. I never got organised for me this year - one tree is enough! up at my mother's .. so I'm sorting through the cards etc and replying to letters .. and trying to free myself so I can get on in 2012! Ever hopeful ..

    Love that red bag for the base of the tree .. and little cones .. yes next year - I'll be better prepared!

    Love your xxxs .. might send you some of those with a hug in between .. xoxoxo!! Happy New Year - Hilary

  5. @Denise - I think we might have cancelled Christmas if we'd been in your position;-)
    @Mary - thank you so much:-)
    @Friko - yes, they are still in their original pots but will probably need potting on. We've had the same problem as you with planting them out.
    @Hilary - I'm sure your mother was delighted with Christmas. What more could you do? xoxoxo

  6. When I lived on the west coast, I used to love to buy a potted tree for Christmas, and plant it outside in January. When I moved to Alberta, I phoned a garden shop and asked what would be the best kind of tree to use at Christmas, then plant outside. I was told it would be impossible because the ground is frozen. Uh-oh, I hadn't thought of that.
    I love your photos, Janice. A very sweet little tree.

  7. @Kay - aww! How about an indoor tree?

  8. Yeah, the Xmas holiday can be oddly confounding.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  9. @Roger - it certainly is in our house!

  10. I have given up on live trees - so mine goes back onto it's box to await the following silly season

  11. @Jo - our 'main' tree is artificial and getting beyond its 'natural' life. I love the smell of real trees, hate the needles that get everywhere . . .

  12. I love your Christmas tree ! at least you can still see the tree, I don't like when it is overloaded with ornaments !
    My son this year has rented a Christmastree. It came with a pot and is 2m high and when they want to have it taken back they just call. It's a good idea, at least the tree can be replanted.

  13. at least you had a tree, and you have a nice warm place to live

    check out this tree:

    ornamented joshua

  14. @Gattina - sounds a fantastic idea:-)
    @zongrik - sorry, can't quite work out where you're coming from. I'll have a look when things are quieter:-)


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