Seasonal cheer

Christmas Tree Year 5 cr Judy DarleyWhat an immensely complex year it’s been. So much change. My life has taken such twists and turns that this Christmas period I’m most excited about the hiatus from from every day life. I need to catch my breath, absorb everything that’s happened and take a moment to both appreciate all that, and look forward to the new year preparing to break its first wave on my shore.

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Our little tree in Christmas 2016, apparently relishing a new, roomier pot…

Our little tree has had its own challenges to face. Early on in 2017, our wee spruce began to drop needles at an alarming rate, and no amount of TLC would revive him. So we sorrowfully planned to chop him up and bid farewell.

But the thing is, we’re both really busy. After dragging the tree and his pot closer to the house, we left him alone for a week or two.

In which time he began to sprout fresh green needles at the end of each bough. And while the boughs and stem remain skeletal and bare, each one boasts a green flourish – a hell yeah, I’m still here, suckers! to the world.

Zombie tree?

I’m concerned this year’s bedecking could mark the end for our fine, if confused, tree, but we’re counting it as a final hurrah for this feisty fir. Whatever comes this January, we’ll know he’s done us proud.

Our little Christmas tree 2015 by Judy Darley

Our little Christmas tree 2015 – year 3.

LittleChristmasTree yr1 and 2

So Merry Christmas, however you choose to spend your day. And as always, remember, however dire things get, don’t give up. You never know what a burst of determination can achieve!!

Merry Christmas Eve Eve!

Little Christmas tree_yr 4_2016 cr Judy DarleyIt’s been a challenging year for everyone, and a particularly difficult December for my family, but now only one week remains and I fully intend to spend it in a blur of good company, good food and, well, good will!

Our little Christmas tree 2015 by Judy Darley

Our little Christmas tree 2015 – year 3

Our little tree continues to thrive, I’m happy to say, despite being cared for by two non-gardeners and kept in a shady backyard! This year we realised it had stopped putting out new shoots, so moved it to a new, roomier pot, and as you can see it seems to have appreciated the gesture.

I hope your day is magical and full of love and warmth, however you choose to spend it. And as always, remember, from tiny saplings grow mighty trees – or at least ones you can watch with pride as they reach for the stars!

LittleChristmasTree yr1 and 2

Merry Christmas!

Little Christmas Tree2 by JDarleyI hope your day is filled with laughter, contentment and warmth.

And if you wanted to know how our little tree is getting on, it survived the year and is thriving!

Here’s how it looked last year…

Little Christmas tree cr Judy DarleyAnd at the top of the post is how it looks now! Last year I called it “a reminder that from small beginnings, great things can grow…”

This year I think I’ve learnt that patience, love and plenty of sunshine is needed too.