Saturday, 12 December 2009

Christmas – brought to you by the colour cream, brown and blue.

We finally got our tree on Wednesday night, after some messing around – the garden centre was closed… Hardly surprising… We ended up at B&Q just a couple of minute drive from my house! Ha ha.

The tree is now up, although I have been very lazy with all the other decorations… Mmmm I’m just not cut out for decorating a whole house, it was ok when it was your own bedroom when growing up but I’ve always struggled decorating a house.

The tree is a mix of brown, cream and an accent colour – deep blue. Getting photos is not so easy with the poor late Autumn light at the moment… Perhaps I will have to resort to using the tripod…

Beware, there are lots of photos!




























I am somewhat concerned that it's now the 12th! Quite how that happened I do not know...

We had quite a good frost on friday morning, I wished I was off work to be able to get some photos. I am very glad there's only one week of work left... Phew!

28 comments:

NotSoAngryRedHead said...

I love all the drops and feathers! Very pretty and sweet.

Carol said...

What fun lovely photos! It seems you have a tree wearing a boa! Your images make me wish I could see the entire tree. Festive. Time ticks by Happy Holiday preparations. Carol

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

What beautiful shots. Made me do some ewwing and ahhing.
;-)

Cheryl said...

Hi Liz....just so gorgeous....I felt like singing Christmas Carols.

I love your colour scheme.......

I know what you mean about decorating the whole house, it is a little tiresome. I usually do that.....not this year though, just the inglenook......and the tree.......and a few candles dotted about......

Joe said...

WOW!!! That looks fantastic, we are just putting up our decorations now :)

emma said...

hello liz, hope you have a good christmas too.. i've not been attending to my blog again! thanks for coming by! Emma x

debsgarden said...

What beautiful photography; these shots really had an angelic quality. I have been so busy that I just decorated my tree yesterday, and I am working on the rest of the decorations this afternoon. I am glad to find your blog. I also garden in heavy clay soil - it can be challenging. I look forward to seeing more of your garden.

Liz said...

Hi NotSoAngryRedHead,

Thanks for visiting my blog, I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

Liz said...

Hi Carol,

Thank you very much for dropping by! Indeed the tree is wearing a boa, rather than normal tinsel I have feathers :)

Liz said...

Hi Lona,

Thank you very much, I'm glad you liked my photos! :D

Liz said...

Hi Cheryl,

Christmas Carols! I hope you've managed to get your tree up now :)

I have a feeling it takes a few years to gradually pick up decorations for around the house. The only problem with this is that everything is a mish-mash and I'm trying my hardest for everything to match!

Liz said...

Hi Joe,

I hope you enjoy putting all your decorations up! Of course I also expect you to have Christmas songs playing at the same time... Decorating the tree just isn't the same without the songs in the background :)

Liz said...

Hi Emma,

I'm still a little grumpy at the moment, not quite fully in the Christmas spirit yet but hopefully it'll soon come!

I've already had a spending spree I didn't want to have... It's getting to that point where I feel I must spend more, even though I'd already clearly spent enough :D

Liz said...

Hi Deborah,

Thanks for visiting my blog and I'm glad you liked my photos :)

Good luck with the rest of your decorations. I have most of mine up now with just the last few things I'll put out on Christmas day - like table decorations...

shirl said...

Hi Liz, what stunning shots! I love the textures and colours you have used. Very nice indeed :-D

Looking forward to seeing frosty shots from you when you've time off :-D

Liz said...

Hi Shirl,

Thank you very much, I'm glad you like them! Hopefully it isn't too much of a mess of colours... Sadly the tree looks far better close up than afar... Never was one for taking portrait shots :)

I'm dreaming of the ever elusive which christmas to take some nice frosty/snowy shots, but I doubt it'll happen before January/February. Here December is usually just that little bit too warm for it with any snow rarely settling.

Nutty Gnome said...

Liz, you are such a tease!!! I need to see the tree in its full glory now please!

I've just been up to our local nursery and bought my tree - a 7footer. Himself'll go mad - again! I can't resist a big tree :)

My tree has mostly old clear glass ornaments - baubles, drops, etc with a few bits of colour but I love your idea of feathers. I NEVER do tinsel ... my mum loved it and I overdosed on the amounts she used :)

Right, I'm off to hang a wreath on the front door........

Liz said...

Hi Liz,

I have a small amount of tinsel on the tree – only on the top because the feather’s are too heavy to put up there and otherwise it’d look odd with only baubles on the top… I do love tinsel, well the smell takes me back to my childhood but I am very sparing with it, none of that wrapping it around pictures and such.
Just some on my windowsill in the bedroom with lights wrapped in it so it’s a nice glow and a tiny bit on the top of the tree.

Mmmmm how to do it so it doesn’t look strange….

I have to admit the tree looks rather rubbish as a whole, but with the magic that is a macro lens it somehow makes the whole thing look so much better… Never was any good at portrait shots!

Ours is a 6foot tree this year, normally I would go for the 7 footers but with real trees the taller they get the more floor space they take up, so my plan this year was to have it sat on some metal shelves I have in the living room for the gerbils’ tanks so it’s raised off the ground and I can still use the space underneath (for whatever rubbish I find!! lol)… So as it happens the 6’ was perfect, we trimmed the top off slightly to allow for the star, but otherwise it looks good, nice height and the chair that last year hid a lot of the tree now doesn’t hide it at all (we’ll not mention that the chair could in theory go upstairs into our bedroom, but it makes a fantastic clean/dry laundry basket before I take all the clothes back upstairs ;) )

Of course I expect to see photos of your tree all decorated! I’m sure himself will love the tree really, but being a male they love to grumble…

leavesnbloom said...

Luv your choice! You like feathers just like me - I've chocolate coloured ones on mine. My tree is coppers, creams, chocolate and little peach. I would love to see a pic from a distance of your whole tree.

Les said...

I just wanted to stop by and thank you for visiting my blog. I like the subtle colors on your tree and the great textures. I resorted to using a tripod to capture my shots. The first ones were taken without and were too blurry in the low light.

Liz said...

Hi Leavesnbloom,

I think we must have very similar trees then! The brown on my tree is darker than shown in the photos – not too easy to capture… Just like the blue isn’t quite right either :)

I don’t think I’ll be taking any distance shots of the tree, that’s giving to much away… Plus it really doesn’t look very good at distance, I am still yet to learn the art of decorating a tree properly… And since I’m a ‘feeling’ person, I do what feels right to me, even if it is a little ‘different’ ;)

Liz said...

Hi Les,

No problem, I really enjoyed your Christmas tree photos! Thank you too for visiting me :)

I may use your trick and go for the tripod too, I might be able to get full shots then too… Although I do fear mine won’t look quite so good!

Emma Bond said...

it's me again.... you are a brilliant photographer Liz!

Barbara said...

Your photos are beautiful - but I would sort of like to see a picture of the tree as a whole - :-). I bet that would be beautiful, too. Before I can even think of decorating the whole house comes Christmas cleaning. Do you do that, too? Barbara

Liz said...

Hi Emma,

:) Thanks Emma!

Ha ha, I spent far too much on the Cox and Cox website… Pete made me… I found a perfect present for his sister on there, and he wanted me to order it… So naturally I had to also buy the things I wanted…

Mmmmm, I have a sneaky suspicion I may be slightly overdrawn this month. Thankfully I get paid on Friday!

Liz said...

Hi Barbara,

Due to the high demand for full length photos of the tree I shall endeavour to take some this weekend… They may not be half as nice as the close-ups though, as I am no portrait photographer.

Thank you very much for your lovely compliment though, it’s very much appreciated.

I do clean in some respect, although this year has been a bit of a mess around so I was cleaning shelves last night, getting things nice and tidy for Christmas. It also helps be feel better in myself, like a weight off my shoulders knowing the clutter is gone. I’m moving things upstairs or putting things away in the loft to make space for the extra guests I’ll have around on Christmas day.

(the gerbils have had plenty of paper to be chewing with all the old bank statements and other detritus we’ve collected over the year. No need for paper shredders in this house!)

ginny said...

love your photos... thanks for stopping by at sweetmyrtle .. i am so glad you did as i have now found your lovely blog.
great to meet you...
warmest wishes
ginny x

Yoke, said...

Your tree looks lovely, Liz. And the pictures are superb as usual.

We never do trees, turkeys or the other Christmas stuff.

Which does not mean that I cannot appreciate other people's endeavours and results.