We have a very small living xmas tree this year which we purchased from our local nursery, Lintons at Mount Eliza. The idea is that you plant the tree in your garden after Christmas, and then next year you can use it again or just leave it there as part of your garden. Perhaps over time we’ll have a small maze made out of retired Christmas trees!
Small aside – Lintons is the most fantastic nursery with endless rows of fruit trees, shrubs, outdoor furniture, and my favourite part of all – a huge store selling lovely domestic goodies like vintage victorian spoons, mexican hammocks, huge wicker picnic baskets, colourful striped wellies for kids, tiny gardening tool sets for toddlers…. you get the idea. Aussies really embrace the great outdoors.
We’ve been getting into the spirit of things and after a bracing swim in our 20-degree pool, we decided to have an impromptu picnic in our garden today – really just 2 beach towels on the lawn, a few vegemite smeared crackers, a handful of dried cranberries and apple juice, but the 2 babies were thrilled and could have stayed outside for hours.
Here are some pics of the children putting up the tree. Sean just left for Hong Kong a few days ago and the house is a little quieter without his dramatic shrieks and pratfalls!
Finn gets in on the action
And big brother Sean shows the babies how it’s done
This will be Dylan’s first Xmas
Dylan gets to put the star at the top of the tree – I did say it was a small tree!
Sean’s big brown eyes
Sean puts the leftover lights to good use
Look what Santa left us under the tree!
they’re little gummy flip flop lights! too cute…