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Repotting a Christmas Tree...

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 15:57

If it's going to live outside it would be better in a generous sized terracotta pot using John Innes No 3 loam based compost with some added grit.  Compost in a metal bucket would freeze much more easily and as I suspect that the roots may have been damaged when the tree was dug up and potted, I would rather give it some tlc and give it a good pot and decent compost.

Christmas trees that have been potted often have damaged roots.  If you want a Christmas tree to live a long and happy life in a pot it is better to buy one that has been 'pot grown' -  but they are much more expensive.

Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 15:48

Don't think there's any such thing as 'the perfect Christmas' - every Christmas is different, people are different, seasons are different, things happen (like the Christmas morning the pigs got into the Misses B's garden' - recounted elsewhere). 

However, it's when we have a few days respite from work to show family and friends that we love them, and that even if we take them for granted a bit during the year we don't mean to. 

It's a time to reflect on our own good fortune and to share with others who are not so fortunate in one way or another, and it's at time when, at the darkest and most barren period of the year, we can look forward to light and life in the future (whether that has religious symbolism or not).

It is good for humanity to make time to share and reflect on our lives together and it is natural to gather together when the days are short and the nights are long in order to enjoy each other's company, and I'm sure this is why the tradition of a mid-winter 'festival' is so important to those of use living in the northern hemisphere, whatever we call it.


Posted: 09/12/2014 at 15:21
Pottie Pam wrote (see)

If Lyn and Dove have a meet next year can I come too? I live near Perranporth.  I let my cottage out in the summer and live in a caravan for a few weeks.



We could all meet up at a lovely garden somewhere - as long as there's cake I'm sure OH won't mind    Verdun could come along too if he's brave enough - OH will be there to make sure we ladies don't scare him too much 

Christmas lights in the garden

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 13:58

I like the warm white lights too, static or twinkling  

I'm not over keen on those brilliant electric blue ones

We'd always had a real tree until we moved here - this house needed a minimum 7ft tree which would be very expensive each year if we bought a good real one, and I needed to be sure that the waxed parquet floor wouldn't be scratched or affected by damp, so we decided to go for an artificial tree - but realistic green trees cost an arm and a leg, so as this house is quite modern we went for a 7ft all-white tree


broad beans sown in autumn

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 13:04

I grew 4 rows of Aquadulce Claudia the winter of 2012/13, sowing them in the last week of October - for at least 10 weeks of that winter they were under 18" of snow  followed by a long cold spring.  We had a wonderful crop, starting picking around the end of May. 

Aquadulce Claudia are as tough as old boots.  I've never given them any protection and never had a problem. 

Another 4 rows growing happily out there now

Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 07:52
Fishy65 wrote (see)

When Christmas comes around each year, I often find myself wondering what it was like for our ancestors. And I don't mean the 80s  More like the 1680s. Though the reformation had it banned in that century I believe due to the pagan nature of the festivities. But religion to one side...I don't want a political or theological debate, just a musing on how it must have been back then in terms of mid-winter/Christmas celebrating. Comparing those times to now, their winters would truly have been dark. The halls then would really have been decked with holly and ivy in an attempt to remind themselves of the hope of spring and the faith in the regeneration of nature. There are few places you can go now in the UK where light pollution doesn't impact. Traditional festive food, normally very rich and high in fat/carbohydrate, was once relevant because people back then ate poorer diets in terms of nutrition.

Are these customs/traditions relevant to modern society where the average person wants for nothing in the developed western world? Discuss 

Mike, we're talking about the 16/1700s!  I had no idea you went back that far!!!  All credit to you for keeping going that long


Posted: 09/12/2014 at 07:12

Good morning all   Just a quick noodle here this morning as I have a 9am appointment and I'll need to defrost the car!

Clari, hope your back's better today.

Lyn - we're heading your way the third week in Sept.  We usually have the second week (for the same reasons as you) but the cottage wasn't available. 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 07:09

Fidget ((hugs))  I'm sorry you've had such a sad and difficult time - but your dad was ready to go and for him it was peaceful (perhaps not for the rest of you though ).  We do have to fight for them don't we?  Perhaps it's always been like that  

You did all that you could for him and he knows that you loved him.

Verdun ((hugs)) thinking of you and your mum.

And thoughts with Matty ((hugs))

Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 20:06
Lyn wrote (see)

So the wives didnt get any dinner Dove?

It seems not


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 19:11

Ooh yes please - better make mine a decaff please

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