Well, Peter started it – he decided to make a Christmas wreath, so I thought I’d have a go, too. The florists on the site were recommending wire and moss as a frame, but it’s 10 miles into our nearest town, so the word was – IMPROVISE! I began to collect together what I thought I’d need. The frisbee that belongs to the Lab would be a good base.
I went out into the cold gloom and cut lots of evergreens – Holly-with-no-prickles, Ivy (Common, variegated and ’Paddy’s Pride’), Eucalyptus and Eleagnus maculata. Then I cut strips of gold wrapping paper and wound them round the frisbee, Sellotape came in handy here!
I suddenly remembered that somewhere we used to have red baubles and robins that went on the old (now defunct) imitation Christmas tree – so helpful husband climbed up into the loft and found them!
Then I used green gardening wire to fasten pieces of my evergreen collection onto the gold frisbee. The frisbee has useful holes all round the edge, just right for poking wire through. I hung the wreath on the pantry door so I could stand back and see how it was going.
I wired in some more evergreens and finally hung it back up in the kitchen to add a hastily-made bow and streamers, a bauble and one of the robins! Later, I used two of the unused baubles and some red ribbon to hang amongst the replaced Rosemary in the inglenook, I quite like the effect.
Now came the moment of truth – with husband inside and me out in the porch, we managed to fasten the wreath on the front door with gardening wire, leaving the letterbox free for Mark, our postman.
He arrived just as we had got it safely in place and duly admired it. He didn’t want his photo taken, though, probably because he is still wearing his shorts, even in this cold weather! I persuaded the dog to pose in the porch with the unplanted shrubs still in their pots and the newly decorated front door! Looking forward to seeing Peter’s effort – I bet he didn’t use a frisbee, though!
Now I just need some visitors to admire it – though I shall enjoy it as I come and go, anyway!
- 21 Dec, 2007
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