We got the tree yesterday – a pinon pine which smells lovely – but it is still settling before I cover it with four sets of lights; a long one with small white lights, and three plastic chile-covered: red, yellow and green (we resisted the purple ones). See picture on the right.

The poinsettias under the piano were for a New Year party. We didn’t have a tree that year as we were with family in Texas. So as soon as we got home I rushed into the local garden center to see if they had anything left over; and they did. And on sale! I got those five for $3 total. And don’t you love the Santa pot?

This week I will be making my starry mince pies again. A fiddle, but worth it. And the brandy butter for the pudds which are ready to reboil on Friday.

Whatever you celebrate and however you celebrate, if you didn’t do Christmas in July already, my very best wishes for this festive season to all my blogging friends.

Talk to you again soon.


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