|The tree in situ. I propped a mirror behind it |
to catch the sparkle of the lights.
All my life I have been opposed to 'designer' trees, loving the colour and mix of ornaments from different stages in my family's life. There are Disney ornaments from relatives in the States, some rather psychedelic ones from the 60s, some from my mother's tree and even a rather ratty looking Boy Scout star made of waxed paper, which has been hung on the tree since I was five. When my children used to help me decorate the tree, we would talk through the origin of each ornament as it went up. I miss that, but the kids have their own homes and their own trees now. Anyway, they will be home for Christmas.
So this year, I had to be very selective about the ornaments, using mainly white and gold, inspired by the tin angel I found for the top. I have been collecting ornaments since I was a teenager - a long long time ago - and I love every single one of them. So, in spite of the colour scheme, the pickle, the onions and the pears had to be on the tree. It wouldn't be Christmas without them. Maybe next year we will revert to form and have a big tree again, but for this year, I will enjoy the tiny tree and think about how easy it will be to pack up.
|A close up of the wreath with limes, oranges, apples, nuts, berries, cones and lotus flowers. |
Being a foodie, it combines all my favourite things.