I like to make as much as I can for Christmas – it’s fun to do, is invariably cheaper than buying and means one ends up with a unique gift or decoration.
Instead of a tree which sits in the room, this year I wanted a wall mounted one. I’ve seen pictures of trees made from wood and thought I’d attempt to make one using branches from the garden. I cut these a couple of weeks ago, cleaned them and let them dry out and finally tied them using some sisal string into a Christmas tree. Simple decorations, just some stars,warm white lights and a fairy on top – et voila! My homemade tree!
Most of the photos I’ve taken this November have been of the wonderful clouds and sunny/sunset skies
even though the days are getting shorter and colder
the views looking up have been spectacular!
A gorgeous, sunny crisp cold Sunday here today in Glasgow Next door’s cherry tree is almost bare of its leaves; the sun streams through the branches.
in the front garden, the hydrangea flowers are silhouetted by the blue, blue sky
Tara has been enjoying the sunshine and fresh air all morning
but it’s a bit cold for me, I’m heading indoors for coffee in my new mug (from IKEA ) chocolate and crochet!
Happy Sunday to you, whatever it may bring.
I visited Inverness last week again; my job takes me there twice a year and it always gives great photo opportunities! It was cold and crispy, my favourite kind of autumn weather. The river glistened in the afternoon sun on Saturday
with gorgeous golden leaves above
While I took these photos, the bells of the cathedral were ringing. As you can imagine, it was a wonderful sound to accompany these images.
Impressive castle framed by the trees
Here it is later on in the evening with twinkling fairy lights in the trees on the riverbank
I managed some unintended Bokeh in this next photo – trying to photograph the moon is tricky, and I wouldn’t normally post out of focus pics but it looks pretty!
Happy times in a lovely place 😄
October has been a beautiful month; mild weather, harvesting fruit and vegetables, turning leaves of golden and russet hues, and wonderful skies filled with pink and orange clouds. I made several flavours of gin based liqueur for Christmas, in the photo, you can see raspberry and blueberry. I decided to crochet myself something to wear, there’s a glimpse of it above and I will reveal more soon. It’s been busy at work too, but happily with enough time to enjoy all of the above 😄
After a few days of horrible rain and wind, yesterday brought a beautiful autumn afternoon, sunny and crisp; perfect for finally picking the abundant crop of this year’s apples. 3 small trees yielded all these apples!
The apples in the above photo are Golden Delicious, a bit marked on the skin but they taste fine when peeled so I will give some away and eat the rest. The other two bucketfuls I’ll wrap and store; lots of fruit to last through the winter months.
Just letting them dry out a little before they get a newspaper duvet
And a cardboard box bed to hide in till they are needed for pie/crumble duty!
September was a great month for weather, still warm and dry, so there was much gardening; new potatoes were dug up and I harvested the first fruits from my plum tree. I made plum gin, ready for Christmas with luck! Earlier this summer, I had laid my hook down for a short break but I got back into the swing of crochet again, with restful afternoons in the sun hooking away. Tara is so changed now from the timid, chubby little indoor cat who came here last December – she has lost 1.3 kilos and adores being outside. It’s lovely to see her so being so confident and healthy.
Goodbye September, you were grand!