Ednovean Farm is all set for its thirtieth year as a Christmas home for us. The tree is dressed and yet extra Christmas decorations still lay in untidy bundles waiting for inspiration to strike.
There’s a scented candle in the flagstoned hall now and the nostalgic scent of Christmas trees in the air at Ednovean. So join me, to visit our much loved Christmas home, as I wish you a Very Merry Christmas.
Our Christmases have settled into the new Covid rhythm of late. We stay cosily at home with Christmas movies these days or occasionally welcome friends for mulled wine beside a log fire in the courtyard.
If you’re still dreaming of ideas for a Christmas Home try my five Christmas Inspirations for a few more ideas.
A Christmas welcome
A Christmas welcome starts at the very door and festive wreath really helps to set the scene. Every year I hang the Christmas door wreath in the rafters of the attic to dry and then next year it becomes part of our Christmas home.
We three trees of Ednovean are. . .
This year I’ve mainly opted for Christmas trees, candles and fairy lights around our home. Each year treasures collected over a lifetime help to give a nostalgic, eclectic feel to our decorations. Nearer to “The day” I’ll cut some evergreen branches to dress the window sills and Christmas table.
I begged the sideboard in this snap from my father who was using it for his lathe in his garage. With a new oak top from teh local reclamation yard it is all set to be nearly a mid-century classic!
The Christmas cut tree
Our main tree has to be the biggest that can be fitted into our car every year. This year is presides over the Dining room nearer to the stairs. This is a great spot to make the most of the light from the window, so I’ve positioned glass baubles for the sun to travel through as we walk up the stairs and made the most of the opportunity to decorate nearly every surface revealed. Check out our Christmas Table decorations in this blog that also makes the most of light catching vintage glass.
Our retiring potted tree
How large it has grown these days since It came home from a supermarket for the 2018 Christmas. I think after Christmas it will go out into the corner of a sheltered paddock to develop into the tree it promises to be. Well actually I’m not sure what it will be with its louche elegantly draped branches. Maybe I was mis-sold sold this tree!
So this year it has the honour of the vintage Christmas decoration. Tinkling delicate glass of long ago Christmases that held me enthralled as a child. I do remember splurging 2/6 of my childhood pocket money in Woolworths the long pink bauble in the picture. I just had to have, as it was like nothing I’d seen before. Although to be frank, I must admit it has never truly matched anything either!
This year I bought a new tree to develop into the role for the snug. This one is reassuringly prickly so maybe I have the real deal this time!
Our winter days at Ednovean Farm
The days are so short now, as we approach tomorrow’s winter solstice. Today we have a mere eight hours of daylight before the soft dusk engulfs us again.
The horses think this is eight hours too long as they keep an eye to the gate ready to come back in to the comfortable haven of their stable full of hay and carrots.
In the garden, birds swing merrily on the bird feeders, busily trying to consume enough calories in the short hours of daylight. It’s become an almost daily ritual to walk through the silent winter garden to top up their supplies.
For us a sure sign of Christmas is the plump robin that has claimed the stables as his own. He’s a familiar site each day hopping nonchalantly around the horses feed bins to pick up every last crumb of the horses mislaid oats before flying up into the rafters to sing his winter melody into the cool winter air.
So with the waft of Christmas pine within the old walls of our home accompanied by the melody from our robin form the countryside we love, I wish you a Safe and Happy Christmas from our Christmas home to yours.