Sunday, 13 December 2009

The Holly and the Ivy

Day Nine.

Horray! A sunny day! Crisp and bright, just as it should be at this time of year. Phil was desperate to go for a walk, and so the idea evolved that we would go out and look for some foliage with which to decorate the house. Last year we draped ivy around the window frames, along with some pretty plain fairy lights, and filled the rooms with holly and pine branches. We loved it so much that we left the ivy up until March (which was about the time when it started to disintegrate).

Personally, I find the plastic decorations tacky - often too gaudy and glittery - not to mention expensive. I'm not a big fan of fireworks either, so I guess you can make of that what you will! :)

As we were leaving the house equipped with a sharp knife and a pair of secateurs, our neighbours happened to be coming out from next door. They promptly went back into the house and returned with a Christmas card for us and a nice bottle of wine. We told them we were going to hunt down some nice foliage and they suggested we go to the park. They were right! Just fifty yards from our front door we gathered so much, it was escaping our arms as we walked back, overladen with leaves (and about five berries in total - but that's five more than last year).

Now our front room is like a scene from Narnia, and there's plenty more leafy sprigs left over to decorate upstairs too :)

Going to the park was not enough of a walk, so we 'did the loop' and walked around by the river. The air was fresh and bracing, and the views were beautifully lit by the setting sun.

I do have some nice pics, but Blogger is being awkward...

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