David Matthews2

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Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 19/12/2016 at 19:34

Here's a 'rescued' picture of Doris' Ukrainian tree (from a couple of years ago). *The 'junior helpers/ elves' had far less influence then as they were much, much younger in elf years. 

BTW: The 'tree' dismantles totally & the complonents fit into a slim box about 40x10x10 cms, including all decorations. We were gifted it about 25 years ago during an exchange visit to Uman, 100+ kms south of Kiev. [Uman was 'twinned' with Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire at that time].

Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 19/12/2016 at 19:21

Meet "Doris" - the charming fairy atop our 2nd 'alternative reality tree' -her original home was in the Ukraine...[I'm afraid the Little Helpers deployed their 'Invisibility Cloaks' & covered not only themselves but Doris' tree as well!!]. *I'll try coaxing them with fairy cakes, maybe there'll be a picture of their tree-dressing soon....?

Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 19/12/2016 at 17:36

Thanks folks, your comments much appreciated! *The main tree has led a 'charmed life' since its 'out-of-skip' resurrection in the late '80s.....I like to think that it has now reached its "Forever Home" with our family? **(Still more 'alternative tree'  pics to follow soon  - my junior helpers haven't turned up yet!!).

Show us yer baubles 2

Posted: 18/12/2016 at 21:13

'Yer tis, then: 2016 edition + "Eternal Star". Enjoy.

'Subdued light' version - which do you prefer??

*Note the true character of the 'sparkly sock' o' top the tree!!

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GW Magazine January 2017

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 18:06

Richard; my subscription copy reached SW Wales today via Christmas post!! Shop copies should be around soonish, I'da thought??

Reindeer part 2

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 18:03

Bulkherb: I'm loving your troupe of loggy reindeer! * The stag is most impressive - he has about the same number of white 'spots' on his flank as my late Dalmation had on her whole body!!

Bay plant

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 17:57

Nutcutlet: Here's picture you may appreciate  - rather better looking than the soggy messy remains of the nasturtiums!! *I scrumped various foliages from my garden this afternoon (in the gloaming after I'd finished my indoor domestickic chores) - the trimmings & gleanings will contribute to "decking the halls" by increments over the next few days [pics to follow...]. Once dried off by hanging in the garage & empty greenhouse, I'll work them into wreaths & garlands for our own home & a few close neighbours.

Garden pictures 2016: 2

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 17:37

I'm loving all those tree-iffic floral and birdie pictures! Just shows that there's a lot to give pleasure in gardens even in the 'depths' of Winter!! *Rather too, too wet of late in West Wales for decent pictures BUT I'll take a waterproof camera out with me tomorrow & see what we can find - promise!

Winter flowers

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 20:51

I had a fully developed grape hyacynth in my garden two days ago BUT the slugs (yes, still very active) sated their appetite before I could dodge the monsoonal rain & get a photo!! "Plus ca change, plus la meme chose..." as they say in "'Alloallo" Land!! Zut!!

Bay plant

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 18:49

Hi, Nutcutlet: my 'bay babies' are kosher independent plants - well matured by standing out in all weathers in my sheltered coastal setting in S Pembs. The bigger ones are just a 'tad' heavy for posting, so an agreed exchange & collection is the best way forward, I feel. Now the quick frosts have done for the nasturtium 'jungle' that engulfed them in the Autumn, I'll get a list together for the SWAPS thread for sure!!

Discussions started by David Matthews2

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Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

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