Regular readers will probably have gathered that it isn’t really beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my house – I’m still holding out a few more days So when I saw what this week’s Gallery theme was, I was stuck.
And then I looked around and I thought, yes, it is beginning too look, if not a LOT, certainly a BIT like Christmas.
Every year my mum buys me a poinsettia plant at the start of December. Which I then forget to water (we don’t have plants usually), it droops, the leaves fall off and it’s dead by Christmas. But at the moment it IS still alive and it’s currently sat on the fireplace by our array of Advent calendars. This year we have a chocolate one (my daughter’s choice), a Star Wars Lego one (bought by my younger son with his birthday money) and a Quentin Blake one (because eldest didn’t want chocolate).
And we have outside lights! Which my husband just went and bought and put up without really telling anyone. We’ve dabbled with outside lights before and they’ve never really worked. We usually put them in the tree right outside our front door and soon lose the will to go into the garage in the dark and cold to turn them on and off. By the time Christmas arrives we’ve usually pretty much given up on them.
One year we got solar powered lights, which were environmentally friendly and didn’t even need sun to make them work. They sounded ideal for us. But they were useless. They stayed lit for approximately 10 minutes. Or five on days when it was extra cloudy. So it was back to the drawing board.
This year the lights are in an amazing little tree on our front garden. I don’t know what sort of tree it is, but we call it the ‘haircut tree’. It isn’t much taller than me and it’s sort of round and the branches grow down to the ground. Every few months it needs a haircut. Its branches are cut into a neat little bob.
This tree is the background for many of my photos. Every new outfit, fancy dress costume, lost tooth, trophy, certificate or new pair of glasses is photographed in front of this tree.
So it’s appropriate the lights are on this special little tree. And it looks LOADS better than the other tree and goes really well with the neighbours’ lights down the road. And we’ve used an extension cable so turning them off is just a matter of going just inside the garage, rather than risking your life getting all the way to the socket at the back of the garage.
So it’s all good. Just need to take a really BRILLIANT photo of them.