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Christmas at IKEA

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Yesterday we met the Enchantlings and their parents in IKEA where they bought a Christmas tree. Theo was sad when he was told that he couldn't decorate it that evening as the tree wanted to have a drink first.
I suggested they took the tree down to the pub, but I fail to see why you can't water a tree and decorate it at the same time, but perhaps bits have to be sawn off. It is a big tree. We by contrast tend to go for small trees and a year or two back we bought one in a pot from Waitrose. Then we put it outside on the drive and after a couple of years of looking miserable it has taken off like a rocket and even now has fir cones. No doubt it has managed to send roots through the asphalt, it cannot go on like that so I am afraid it will have to succumb like its bretheren to the woodcutter's axe. The good news is that it has been growing against a wall and so is a hemispherical tree and therefore will fit easily into a home.

I offered to take young Theo to Santa's Grotto whereupon Beanie's eyes lit up. I took her last year. Theo declined as he did last year so Beanie and I set off hand in hand for Lapland and the fake snow. But we couldn't find it until we asked and then when we did find it it was to find it closed at 3pm on Sundays. Santa had retired for his tea (Ho Ho) and all his elves had gone off to party taking Santa's sledge with them. Of the reindeer (or even the reins) there was no sign. So I had a second disappointed grandchild. But Beanie isn't disappointed for long and so after filling our sacks in the foodhall we drove home. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 3rd Dec 2018 - 09:42AM   Posted by Fennie   Christmas at IKEA Comments: 9

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Camilla's Avatar Morning Fennie, thank you for posting, will you be putting up the tree then Fennie in your home that has been growing in the garden? Found a website earlier where folk can rent a Christmas tree and when finished with it take it back again from the same place, not sure if one has to pay a fee.

Perhaps you can take Beanie back again another day to the Grotto to see Santa
Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 3rd Dec 2018 at 12:01PM

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Camilla's Avatar Very quiet on Coo today, is everyone festive shoppingVery Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 3rd Dec 2018 at 05:09PM

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Camilla's Avatar Well Patch and I enjoyed our walks today over the beach and dunes despite the heavy rain. Very dark today even at an early hour much cloud cover.

Posted by: Camilla on 3rd Dec 2018 at 05:11PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar Fennie, several years ago I bought a small tree in a pot, to go on a tea trolley that sits in the Conservatory. It was a bit of a change from the 8ft tree that I was used to! After, I put it out by the greenhouse, where it would get watered. It grew a longer leader and expanded widthways somewhat and the next Christmas it gave pleasure as usual. The following year it put on a funny little top to the old leader, so the fairy had to go below it, with her head hiding it! This year there is very little further growth but it still looks healthy. I think the small pot with a number of stones in the compost may have turned it into bonsai! It will be treated as last year. Each year I think will be his last!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 3rd Dec 2018 at 09:51PM

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Fennie's Avatar My trees, just seem to grow and grow, Withy.

What we did buy in IKEA was a cover to put over something you were cooking in a microwave. Only £1 and something I have always felt I needed! Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 3rd Dec 2018 at 10:45PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar 3pm on a Sunday seems a bit miserly for Santa to go home I would have thought 4:30pm would have been more reasonable at a weekend.Sad

Our little tree is celebrating it's 20th Christmas this year as I bought it the first year I was in our house to go in the Santa Bear pot my sister bought for my Christmas - she gave it to me early so I could get a tree to fit it.
I think it's earned its carbon footprint by now and still looks just as good as when it was new. It is small enough to go in the cupboard fully decorated so it doesn't get messed about with each year, that's probably helped it stay fresh looking.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 4th Dec 2018 at 10:37AM

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Camilla's Avatar A few days ago I bought a mini real festive tree from Bloom & Wild flower company, they are a letterbox company which I think is a brilliant idea they celebrated their new business of five years earlier in the year and are based in London. I love the idea that each time you order you get a discount off each time and you can also refer any friends so they too get a discount off first order which then means you receive a £10 credit for referring a friend. The tree comes in a pop up pot, with earth and moss to use and a little tiny box of trinkets and weeny baubles complete with a fine string of led fairy lights and batteries. I see online they have almost sold out so pleased I got in early. A neighbour opposite saw my twinkle tree from outside and said she would love to buy one so she ordered two and I referred her as a friend so she got £15 off. The tree can be planted outside in your garden afterwards and be brought back in again the following Christmas to use, what's not to like.!Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 4th Dec 2018 at 12:03PM

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Camilla's Avatar Can't seem to post my tree here from my files, but here is the treasure tree advertised online.Very HappyUploaded Image

Posted by: Camilla on 4th Dec 2018 at 12:12PM

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Camilla's Avatar My artificial white Norweigan Spruce tall 6ft one I will put up at the weekend in the sitting room.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 4th Dec 2018 at 12:14PM

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