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    Christmas ... just around the corner !!

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    Post by chris c on Sun Oct 22 2017, 23:04

    Looking out the back windows at the Rooks and Jackdaws cavorting in the breeze I remembered a cracking scarecrow the farmer put up a few years back. It was an inflatable Santa with a serrated silver edge to its red coat which flickered and sparkled in the wind while its limbs pumped back and forth in the most hysterical way.

    Never seen another before or since.
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    Post by Jan1 on Tue Oct 24 2017, 18:40

    ... well I noted the date - 24 October -

    Guess what!

    I bought a pack of Christmas Cards today santa  

    The first step towards Christmas 2017 rendeer

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    Post by chris c on Thu Oct 26 2017, 22:50

    I'm torn between buying charity cards and checking the toner levels in my laser printer. Usually I print my own but last year I bought a load from the RSPB.
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    Post by Jan1 on Fri Oct 27 2017, 22:38

    The ones I bought were from a hospice charity shop ...
    Of course these days it's also the postage that makes things so much more expensive but it's still nice to send and receive cards ...

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    Post by chris c on Mon Oct 30 2017, 00:37

    I send and receive a few but mostly they get hand delivered. That helps.
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    Post by Jan1 on Sat Nov 04 2017, 11:28

    @chris c wrote:I send and receive a few but mostly they get hand delivered. That helps.

    Yes, hand delivered certainly helps.

    Our local churches have a delivery system for their congregations, but of course you need to go to the Church to get the benefit of it.

    I can remember being at school and getting excited when the red Christmas  santa  posting box appeared ... we all posted our cards and couldn't wait until they were given out at the end of each week. Our youngest grand-daughter loves writing and drawing and any card you get from her is very personalised ... which is great!

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    Post by Jan1 on Sun Nov 05 2017, 17:57

    Did you know there are now less than 50 days to go until Christmas!
    What a thought.

    One of our sons decided to start his Christmas shopping this weekend - he said the shops were heaving!

    Online shopping does sometimes have a slight edge!

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    Post by Jan1 on Tue Nov 07 2017, 23:15


    Britain's tallest Christmas tree has been lit ready for the festive season.

    The giant redwood, which is the tallest living Christmas tree in England, is now 37 metres tall and was decorated on Tuesday with 1,800 LED lights at Wakehurst, in Ardingly, West Sussex.

    Arborists and horticultural staff at the formerly known Wakehurst Place started early in the morning and spent seven hours adorning the tree.

    It was planted in the 1890s and was one of the first exotic trees on the estate, which is run by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Pilots are said to use the tree as a beacon when landing their planes at nearby Gatwick airport.

    Iain Parkinson, head of woodlands and conservation, said: "The giant redwood is one of Wakehurst's best loved storm survivors and it is clearly very happy where it is planted as it has had a good level of growth.
    "We lost 20,000 trees in the Great Storm of 1987. This tree has a flexible trunk meaning it swayed in the high wind but wasn't uprooted."

    The tradition of decorating the tree, which has taken place for 25 years, marks the start of preparations of the botanical garden's winter lantern festival, Glow Wild. Some 38,000 tickets have been sold so far.

    The event follows on from the burst of Autumn colour across the estate which attracts thousands of visitors every year. The deep reds, bright yellows and oranges are now beginning to fade but this year have remained longer than usual due to the mild weather.

    Wakehurst said more than 10,000 people visited in the week beginning October 23 alone with numbers up overall 18% over the year to date.
    Glow Wild takes place on Thursday to Sunday from November 30 until December 17.

    https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/11/07/uks-tallest-tree-decorated-with-1-800-lights-for-festive-season/

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    Post by chris c on Wed Nov 08 2017, 00:38

    Oh yes, Wakehurst was a regular destination since my childhood and into the nineties. I well remember the havoc from the hurricane.

    Another one I didn't visit for a long time is Westonbirt, which has some magnificent Acer glades in autumn. They look like bonfires from a distance.
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    Post by Jan1 on Wed Nov 08 2017, 17:32

    Westonbirt sounds wonderful ...

    "Along the 45 minute illuminated trail, you'll discover a exciting array of beautiful light displays scattered amongst the trees, and find plenty of wintery magic to get involved with along the way...

    After the trail why not visit our Christmas Village, where you'll have the chance to meet Father and Mother Christmas, listen to local choirs perform festive classics, have a ride on our traditional carousel or enjoy a warming meal in our restaurant or merry marquee.

    Entrance is by advance ticket only."

    https://www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-christmas

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    Post by Jan1 on Fri Nov 10 2017, 18:35

    I think there are 44 days to go until Christmas santa
    I have actually made a start on Christmas Cards and Christmas present buying Smile

    I think many others may have done too if our visit to a retail park earlier today was anything to go by!!!

    I know it was a Friday but the crowds were amazing, the car park full and in all honesty I was so pleased to get back home and put the kettle on.

    I needed that cuppa cuppa

    Do you think a Monday shop may be quieter and not so busy?

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    Post by chris c on Sat Nov 11 2017, 01:28

    Our Co-Op is also open on Sundays, though by then there are often some empty shelves. I might go down tomorrow, I was going to go today but was otherwise engaged. There seems to be little pattern as to when it is full and when it isn't. Where we used to live the car parks were usually full by 10 am. I'm so glad I don't live there any more.
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    Post by Jan1 on Tue Nov 14 2017, 19:34

    What a thought !

    In six weeks time it will be Boxing Day affraid rendeer

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    Post by chris c on Thu Nov 16 2017, 01:27

    Only a month and a bit to the shortest day. It's getting darker from day to day now.
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    Post by Jan1 on Thu Nov 16 2017, 23:24

    Yes, it certainly is getting darker much earlier isn't it... can't say I like it.

    On a positive note I saw my first Christmas tree !!!
    Just a little too early I'd say, but perhaps there was a reason for it rendeer
    I remember years ago friends went out to Australia to visit family and they decided to have an early Christmas celebration (in November) with family in the UK and then have a second celebration in Australia ...

    All the best Jan
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    Post by chris c on Fri Nov 17 2017, 23:15

    Still waiting here, several of the neighbours - with kids - put up loads of lights, plus cut-out reindeer in the gardens etc.

    Contractors put up the lights in the Thoroughfare already but they haven't been switched on yet. Maybe this weekend, I'll have to check the local paper (and prepare for my annual mince pie)
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    Post by Jan1 Yesterday at 11:02

    Maybe I'm just a big kid! LOL!
    I still enjoy seeing peoples Christmas trees twinkling through curtains while I'm out and about during the Christmas Season ...

    Yes, some folks do seem to overdo it with an exceptional  amount of lights, and I often wonder what their electricity bill must be, but nearly always good to see.

    All the best Jan

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