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Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 18:48

I have lots of spare bulbs, but I still don't understand how you work out which one blew, so which one to replace. 

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 18:45

Great idea Runnybeak.  My top tip for greenery decorations, if you have a beam/wall, is.... 1. Save the netting stuff from round the Christmas tree, or get some old garden plastic netting and attach to nails in the beam/wall.

2.  Ask garden centre for their Christmas tree trimmings - got two black bags for nowt last Christmas - they were glad to be rid.

3.  Stick them into the netting, using wire ties.  Add holly and ivy.  Arrange tinsel and lights and do baubles/stuff the kids made at school etc.   And bingo.  For me, it is just as lovely to look at as the Christmas tree.  And a lot cheaper.  It worked a bit better when we lived near local supplies of holly to be honest, but here I have to buy it in.  Keep meaning to plant some holly. 

Why am I talking about Christmas - arrrrgh!  I've been wound in!!

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 18:29

Topbird, it is a bit weird, isn't it?  Or you would think they would learn their lesson, but for the last few years it has always been hard to get them here.  The other thing I couldn't source last year at the last minute was a tin of Roses or Quality Street.  Probably just as well. 

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 18:11

Great British Bake off as well Artjak!  I was in Tesco a couple of weeks ago and I've never seen so many people in the home-baking aisle. 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 14:44

Lyn, I am sorry it wasn't better news.  There is some value in having time to say goodbye properly, which having lost one parent slowly and the other suddenly, did make a difference.  But at the time, it can be hard to appreciate that.  More hugs xx

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 14:25

obelixx, they must go home ready to strangle someone.  Actually Topbird, ,  I have to confess that one year I wanted some clear, plain fairy lights, and the only ones I could find which weren't multicoloured or star shaped, were some jingle lights.  When you switch them on, the tinny music starts, but there is a box with a button, and you have to press it about three times to convince the darned things that you want silence.  The one thing the shops always seem to have run out of by mid November seems to be plain fairy lights, so I guess they are worth buying early.  And the chestnuts are out early this year, so I have to confess to having already made and frozen some chestnut puree for the stuffing. 

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 09:06

I'm a December birthday and my son is the last day of November, and I so agree about the card selection dwindling, but also the birthday cakes!  I usually make my own, but on a couple of occasions, my son had a themed party where I wanted to get a cake that would fit in, and you can't beat the shops for a Scooby Doo birthday cake (as my rather hilariously bad Bob the Builder home made cake amply demonstrated).  But one year there was nothing but a couple of girlie pink cakes and a lot of Christmas cake in the supermarket.  I think the thing about Christmas decorations and displays is that they trigger an emotional response in us, and we realise that it is a special feeling, and don't want to feel it too early because it will spoil it for us later. 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 21:33

Fishy, I do hope Mrs. Fishy gets good results on Monday.  And to all those of you caring for parents in their old age, I totally empathise.  That was my life from 2009 to 2013, and I don't think I realised how hard it was when I was going through it, I just got on with it.  But now I look back I realise what a toll it took.  Social services was a minefield, and the NHS was by turns brilliant and terrible to work with.  Lily, one of our good neighbours has just had the same operation as your friend, and it does take quite some getting over.  I'm sure you will be a great support to her.  Lyn, those bags do vary in quality - it is worthwhile asking for supplies of the ones you get on best with.  We liked the Bard Uriplan ones best and our surgery did their best to source them.  Love to everyone xx

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 21:15

There should be a rule....  When I was a child I used to hate the fact that in the first week of the summer holidays, shops had displays saying 'Back to School'.  And now I think shops should keep from putting the stuff out till maybe the last week of November.  Perhaps if consumers stopped buying the stuff early, they would stop displaying it.  Our garden centre (much as I love it) had a tree advertising their Christmas dinners in September I think. 

Tree problems.

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 09:25

Philippa maybe the poplar has rust like ours?  The leaves started to go rusty orange in the summer, and by August/September were black and have now fallen off, but the wood is still supple and the buds are there (but only if you stop and look closely).  It looked terrible, and I was so upset, given it hides the rather ugly house of a rather rude neighbour for half the year.  I noticed the rust on the weeds in our paddock in the spring - the docks in particular.  Presumably the mild winter encouraged it.  Hoping for a cold snap this year - just enough dampen its ardour. 

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