Sunday, 2 December 2012

Christmassy things #1

This was supposed to be the blog post where I showed you our frugal Advent crown made from natural materials, lovely red Poundland bargain candles, fragrant cinnamon sticks and homemade dried orange slices.

But this is a blog about everyday life, after all, and things don't always go according to plan. Our Advent crown (which is essentially a wreath that sits on the table with four candles, to be lit on the four Sundays of Advent) is still a collection of separate components, and most crucially, the coniferous greenery which will make its base is still growing somewhere in Wiltshire.

So my first Christmas top tip is that if you are planning to make an Advent crown then maybe it's best to start it before the 2nd of December, and if you go out to collect some natural materials to make your crown or your wreath, then remember your secateurs.

Just look at all that green stuff on the other side of the canal!

Even if we hadn't forgotten the clippers, our bike ride along the Kennet and Avon canal proves the old adage that the Advent crown greenery is always greener on the other side of the canal, and we might well still have come away empty handed.

Green pine needly stuff or no green pine needly stuff, it was still an enjoyable cycle ride, and there's nothing quite like a bracing outdoor picnic in December. My other Christmas top tip for today? All the materials we associate with this season: pine trees, ivy, holly and mistletoe can be enjoyed just as much in their natural habitat too. There's nothing like reconnecting with nature to put things in perspective. 

And as for our Advent crown, fortunately there are 22 more days of Advent. Watch this space!

6 comments:

  1. I know exactly what you mean. There is no holly on our property but the other day we drove to the Ocean and I noticed a huge patch out in front of someones house. I am too embarrassed to walk up to the front door and ask for it so we just left it alone and enjoyed it in the nature setting.

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    1. I'm sure they wouldn't have minded letting you have some, but good that you could enjoy it as it was.

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  2. I have green stuff like holly and pine in my yard, but mine is still in it's natural habitat, also. But I did take a walk around the yard today and enjoy it. BTW, I like the new look of your blog.

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    1. So you've no excuse for forgetting your clippers when it comes to cutting a bit of holly for indoors! As for the new look - I thought it was time for a change...hope it's not too chilly looking and I'm not sure about some of the blue text on blue background. Might go and tweak some more when I have time.

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  3. YEY! another blogger who marks Advent!:-)

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    1. Yes, Advent in its true sense; I think it's really a time of quiet waiting and fasting before the big feast day and I like that.

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