Solstice Snow

It didn’t seem right having the Winter Solstice with no snow, but it arrived just in time.  Unfortunately there was too much in Ottawa so we had to cancel our trip.  It was not as bad here so we did go to Oshawa instead to finish off Christmas shopping.  We’ll try again next week for Ottawa.  Here is the snow still falling when we got home.

Winter solstice snow
Winter solstice snow

♪ Oh Christmas tree ♪

Charlie came out on Sunday to help with decorating the tree.  We have a large collection of ornaments; souvenirs of trips, Charlie’s superhero and sci-fi collections, gifts from friends with personal themes and some of the more traditional balls and stars.  Our tree is an entire museum.

First to go on is the start at the top.  Our fairy met with a tragic end and some people, inexplicably, were not happy with the witch we used as a replacement one year.

The star on top
The star on top

The cameraman was a bit wobbly for that one, lucky he wasn’t on top of the ladder.

Then go the rest of the lights.

The top lights

Then it’s lights out to make sure I didn’t miss a spot:

Light check
Light check

AAfter which, everyone pitches in to get our boxes of ornaments attached.

The ornaments
The ornaments

 

 

Annual Christmas tree hunt successful

I used to go out in the bush with Charlie and a swede saw, but I thought we’d cut all the reasonably shaped ones on our property – the rest are intermingled with other trees so have big blank spots.

Then we went out for a few years to a cut-your-own lot nearby. Charlie got to drink hot chocolate in the hut while I tied the tree to the car roof. Now Charlie has left we just go to a tree lot.  Here’s the tree still on the car.

Tree on a cold steel roof
Tree on a cold steel roof

As you can see from the background there are plenty of trees there and when I went to look, there are some quite nice spruce grown up in the few years since we stopped cutting our own.  So next year we can have home-grown trees again.  Most of them are red pine, not many branches and really a weed tree but they hid the house which was built next door about ten years ago.

Unlike previous years, there is no snow.

Here is the tree ready for decorating.  Cheers!

Tree ready for decorating
Tree ready for decorating

Now that canning season is over, the pressure canner can take on a new role.

Charlie is coming home tomorrow to help decorate it so you can see the next stage then.