Tuesday, December 4, 2012

chop chop chop




Each year on the first weekend in December we take our expanding family to a local Christmas tree 'farm' to select a tree. This year it was December the 1st and a stiflingly hot introduction to Australia's favourite season, Summer.   After meandering through rows of perfectly manicured pine trees, we made our selection. She's tall, wide at the bottom and narrow up top.

Her plump rump* was piled into a golf buggey so Zeph and Dave could take her for a few spins around the farm. Their delight is evident.


In our re arranged* living room she stands proudly, adorned with fairy lights, vintage tea towel bunting, pine cones and kid made Christmas decorations. She's not fancy, but she's ours and she smells like heaven. Soon her branches will provide a prickly cover for carefully selected Christmas gifts; between you and I, there is a whole lot of plastic fantastic going on this year. Octanauts anyone?

* gosh, sounds like mine

** A christmas tree must take pride of place and dominate as many windows as possible. This meant the lounge and arm chairs needed to be relocated.

Pippi wears dress c/o Rowantree Designs easily some of the most beautiful handmade clothing going around.

p.s thanks so much for your comments yesterday, I was both surprised and delighted by the overwhelmingly positive response.  Thank You.

p.p.s Winner of the bayside vintage giveaway has been announced. Check back here to see if it was you.

p.p.s this is the longest 'tiny text' section ever. tiny text now over.



16 comments:

  1. I still can't get over chopping down a Christmas tree in the middle of summer!
    Christmas is almost an entirely different holiday here than it is back home.
    I struggle to embrace the holiday spirit because it just doesn't feel like the holidays!
    But for Toddler C's sake I am really trying this year!
    I may even make a popcorn and cranberry garland...if I can find some cranberries!

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    1. ahahah I know, its crazy- but you must admit, an Aussie summer is a magical thing!

      Enjoy yours m'lady xx

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  2. Octonauts yes! 3 boys... all think they are "marine biologists" and my problem is keeping up with which one they are on any given day... My 6yr old is too old for this stuff...but really he just wants to play with his younger bros and if that means Peso needs to make sure Kwazi doesnt do something stupid...while Capn Barnacles does like...whatever...then so...be...it! I will give him poster of MOST DANGEROUS SHARKS in Aus...just to up the anty a little...what do you think?

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    1. ahahha Lisa you've got me laughing out loud with this! YES to the sharks poster, fabulous idea :)

      xo em

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  3. You reckon your man should shave? I do.

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    1. oh yeah anon, i totally do. In fact, look at that hairy face- i don't know why I married him at all.

      you're so awesome, thanks for visiting.

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  4. We searched high and low for a tree farm in this neck of the woods (did I just pun?!) but to no avail. We found a real tree selling fellow so it was almost as good. Your tree sounds gorgeous...just the way they should be. Wishing you fabulous festive days. x x

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    1. oh yes, you just punned ;)

      Real-tree-selling-fellow sounds pretty great though.

      xo em

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  5. Ha! Your experience couldn't be more different to ours

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  6. Damn, choosing a tree in Australia looks a heck of a lot more fun than it does in the UK! You get to ride in a buggy and EVERTHING. x

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  7. Cute pictures. ♥ I wish digging up the roots of a tree were easier for a bigger tree, so that everyone could take home a LIVE tree and plant it in their yard.

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  8. Just love cutting down a christmas tree. We did this a couple of years ago with our boys in the UK with the snow falling around us! So lovely! If only the QLD heat was a little more forgiving for us to have a real christmas tree!

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  9. I miss having a real tree, having a son severly allergic has put an end to that but I reckon he'd jump at the chance to ride in an empty buggy nonetheless :)

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  10. Oh wow, where is this farm? I had no idea there was one around here. We'd cut our own tree every year from our property and I have so missed that ritual ever since we sold. She sounds perfect.

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  11. We always have a real tree too, I can't wait to go and pick one out this weekend! {and adore Pippi's dress!} xo

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    1. I can't wait to read about your adventure Jody- make sure you post about it :) xo em

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em