E and I have been enjoying watching A Victorian Farm and A Victorian Farm Christmas together. It's fun to know that the way we decorate our home is not unlike the way a Victorian farm family decorated their home for the holidays.
(we drove by these guys on our way to find a tree, by the time we got the camera all we could get was a bum shot)
We've been collecting greenery on our walks for some time and last weekend we set out to the woods to get our tree. We came home with red cheeks, a sweet little tree (which, I admit, took some getting used to after two years of massive trees) and assorted other greenery (we are fortunate enough to have yew, ivy and lots of other greenery right on this property including these gorgeous red berries, no holly but oregon grape leaves do in a pinch).
I've had some fun making two simple green decorations outside - one in an old milk can and one in an old cream separator.
The rest of the greenery has been placed throughout our home - I couldn't resist tucking a string of white lights under some old glass insulators on our mantel.
Simple, lovely and all able to be tossed back outside afterwards to compost - my favourite kind of decoration. ;-)
We've been doing a bit of baking, some of our favourites - toffee, brown sugar buttons, seedy crackers - with shortbread, gingerbread men, thimble cookies and nanaimo bars still to go.
Yesterday we made a treat for our favourite canine companion and, since I've been working on planning a new business, E and I talked about a business idea for him - homemade dog biscuits sold at the farm stand. This batch - carrot, apple, molasses - seemed to go down a treat so it will be a keeper recipe. Happily we have our own very willing taste tester dog (and actually E tested them out too as they are made with ingredients that non-furry creatures can also enjoy). ;-)
And, I don't usually like to post photos of myself (camera shy and all that) but I thought I would share this one because I wanted to show this great hat. I wear it all the time because it is so warm (felted wool). I've had so many compliments on it and I love being able to say, "Thank you, I got it at the dump.". Fun to see the looks that gets. This summer we were camping on a little island and they have a re-store at their dump, it is a place where people can drop their stuff off and then others can buy it for a small donation. There is a similar place up near my folks' house (although things are free at that one). I LOVE the idea of this and wish there were such places at all landfills. Such a wonderful idea and interesting to me that it is often in island communities where you will see these. I'd like to be able to say that I usually look much tidier than this but, no...that's me, hair knotted in a bun, stuffed in a hat and off I go. ;-)
Now...to get back to that knitting.