Seasonal shorts number...1 - the tree...
Now we are officially on the countdown to Yule /Christmas, there will be a veritable flurry of blogs - one each day, looking at a whole raft of seasonal greening up. Today is the first - the tree...
I am a big one for tradition, and there is a very seasonal tradition in our lives that is undertaken, each year, usually split between the months of both November and December.
On the first of November (or the closest Sunday to it anyway) we choose it, and in the middle of December, we go and dig it up.
Yep - I have blogged about it before here, and here, and this is the tradition of choosing and subsequently collecting our annual fir tree, which is always, without fail, collected from the truly wonderful Wilderness Wood in Hadlow Down, Sussex.
We always have a Douglas Fir, which has beautifully fine, fluffy and fragrant needles, and we always have Sussex tea and gooseberry conserve and elderflower cordial cake (or ginger cake) when we both choose him and collect him.
If we are feeling extravagant, we also have an organic sausage from the outdoor barbeque.
I love it, and if you are in Sussex you MUST consider doing this next year.
You can read all about the wood (which you can of course visit all year round) here.