It’s hard to believe but Christmas is under four weeks and while we are now closed on the farm until the Christmas guests arrive, we are busy preparing for them and doing are best to ensure a magical Christmas for all who stay. This begins with unlocking the secret store cupboard up in the bedroom of Pencarrow lodge to reveal our treasured Christmas collection built up and saved over the years. The children’s faces are a picture as they recognised favourite items and decorations. Carefully we carry everything downstairs and load it all into trolleys for an afternoon of work. Well perhaps not that carefully, in all their excitement there was a fair amount of hoovering up left for me at the end!
Along the path with the trolleys singing Christmas carols as they go my excitable bunch distribute tree stands and outdoor lighting at their destination properties. The indoor decorations all came back to our garden bench for a thorough sort out. We began by emptying the boxes and filling them systematically. First the baubles with a mix of new and old checking all had hooks. Looking at Jed’s hands some hand washing ahead of this activity would have been a good idea!
Then the tinsel is divided into the boxes with the older pieces discarded before the tree lights are checked and added on the top. Each box then joins the stands inside the properties to await a tree in a couple of week’s time. We will leave the box of decorations, having checking them thoroughly, for our guests to enjoy their own family time decorating their tree.
Meanwhile Nick and the older boys were hard at work with the outdoor lights. Up trees, round the log store, on cottage walls and of course our reception.
The triplets and Theo were keen to make something from all the scraps of tinsel we were throwing away and decided on wreaths. We cut some pliable stalks and wound them into a circle securing the ends and adding strength with the broken pieces of tinsel. Then we set off with secateurs to collect Holly and Ivy which was then was wound into the tinsel to create our finished wreaths. One hung on our door evil spirits Man, one on the garden tree base and Theo decided the third should be hung on a top branch and scaled the tree for the perfect location!
The best fun of all was popping back out when darkness draws in to see our lights sparkle; good day’s work and six excited children.
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Joining in with Country Kids
If you have been outdoors enjoying the chilly winter weather then please grab the badge and join the linky. Everything from the park to the beach, the woods to a fun family day out is most welcome. Learning, crafting or even cooking outdoors is fun. Leaving the screens and central heating system for the outdoors is good for our health and our children’s too. Please just wrap up warm and enjoy. There are always some great ideas here on the linky to inspire you.
Just a few of my favourites from last week:
Caterpillar Tales shows how a few props can transform a woodland walk into something far more exciting
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.