Merry Christmas.

Mary usually decorates our mantlepiece for Christmas. This years theme is felted robins and holly leaves she has made, all on a snow dusted Yule Log. (From the Prunus serrula in ourgarden@19).


Wishing you all an enjoyable, peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year.

Thank you for following, reading and commenting on throughout this first year on WordPress, I have enjoyed reading your comments and blogs.

You can see 2016’s mantlepiece Here

Christmas Tree Festival.

The village of Pirton, Worcestershire, was originally part of the Croome Estate and is located one mile north of  Croome Park (now owned by the National Trust). Pirton Court was historically the home of Viscount Deerhurst. The village church, St. Peters, containing elements dating back to the C12, with its unique black and white timber bell tower has recently been in need of substantial repairs to the bell tower, the clock and weather vane.

St. Peter’s Church, Pirton, Worcestershire.

This small community has undertaken several imaginative fund-raising enterprises and since 2013 they have held a Christmas Tree Festival. These pictures are from our visit this year. ( The red glow in the pictures are from the over head heaters.)


There were 26 trees, each one decorated, by a family in the village, with a different theme, some for fun, others in memory of absent friends or family.

Please tap each picture for the title.




The windows and doors were also decorated.




Warming cups of tea and cake were for sale in a marquee alongside the church.


Have you decorated your Christmas tree?