Gosh, the tree and its oak barrel container are heavy but a friend and I somehow got it inside for its 16 days of warmth. Then it will be back to the garden where it has lived for the past year, gaining about two and a half inches. I reckon it is now just under five foot nine tall.
The presents now sit under the tree bar the main one for Joshua and also for the Mrs which are far too big. I shall not reveal what they are getting lest they read this page. And in this house Santa is always very generous with his presents too so I hope there will be plenty of smiles on the day.
The decorations come from around the world – places I have visited or lived in and so can be traced to: India, The Isle of Man, Bristol, Greece, France, Canada, New York, Israel, the Galapagos (Ecuador), Switzerland and, of course, Wales. On top is an angel which was designed by daughter Olaf when she was, I think, 5 and, though a bit crumpled, still makes it to the top of the tree each year.