Monday, 16 November 2009

I Need Help!!!!


I fear I'm falling off the wagon!! Look what I bought yesterday...

No not the deer, that was today. But the most beautiful, shiny, perfectly sized, most suitable for a living Christmas tree, red pot. And it was on special. But I'm not supposed to be buying such things am I?!! And the worst part of it all, is I don't even regret buying it. I really don't. Well look at it? It's too fabulous for words.

What am I to do now. Confess to dear Tif from Dottie Angel? Apologise for letting everyone down? Get over it and try harder next time? Yes that's more like it! No point in letting it ruin Christmas now is there? This is my Christmas Tree, I've just got it. I'm allergic to pine trees so this one is perfect. A lovely little entrance tree.

The little deer was a purchase today from Trade Aid for No.4 who fell in love with it. How could I possibly say no. It was an ethical purchase at least! And look she's patting it and looking after her ever so nicely.

This year we are having a Gingham Christmas. Come on now, who's surprised? Quite lovely really I think. We all seem to like it around here so that's a good thing.

I'm thinking of a table setting a bit like this one. Well maybe a bit bigger, as 17 of us would be a bit squished around a table of this size. And I will have fabric cloths not paper like they have used. Goodness how long would that last when the inevitable drink gets knocked over?

And we have his and her Christmas trees this year. This is a very special purchase my husband made yesterday. A New Zealand Pohutukawa which is otherwise known as NZ's Christmas Tree as it flowers over the summer months. Isn't she a beauty?

No. 2 was chef in the kitchen yesterday. Chocolate chip biscuits were on the menu. But little No.4 insisted on helping and look what a fine job she did with the fork! Look at that fine looking baking tray!! No cropping for me.

And when No. 1 returned from a sleepover at Nana's and Papa's, she had an armfull of a different choc chippy biscuit! Still they won't last long with four children I guess.

And see what we had for dinner from our own garden last night...

Spinach, beetroot, and a wonderfully big broccoli! And it was very tasty indeed. The spinach is doing so well. I just pick a few leaves most nights and the plants just keep producing more.
The peas are also a winner with No.4. She can't leave them alone. Look at her hugging them. She's just the dinkiest thing ever!

Well I really must be off to kindy to pick up No.3. Next blog session I get I'm going to show you some really lovely Christmas magazine pictures that are going to get you all excited and brimming with ideas. Oooh how exciting!
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Gosh it seems all my parcels I sent out are arriving at their destinations all at the same time. It's so lovely to see them all arriving on blogs. I did enjoy making these gifts to those of you I wanted to thank for doing something special for me. Thank you so very much!
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Sarah xxx
P.S. The spell check won't work!!! Goodness, now you'll all know how bad my spelling is!

15 comments:

sweet emmelie said...

very nice pot and christmas tree indeed. Love the table setting. look forward to your next christmasy post

Sarah said...

The red isn't showing up as the right colour! How disappointing. It's really a bright red like a Christmas red should be. Never mind.

RebeccaMom said...

great tree!I love the idea of a gingham Christmas!

RebeccaMom said...

Hey, in the gingham Christmas spirit, I need your address to send you a little package ;) email me at rj.arms@yahoo.com or through my blog.

VintageVicki said...

Am loving the sound of a gingham Christmas.

Also just the thought of Christmas in Summer - can't imagine what its like to have christmas dinner when the sun is shining!

Michela said...

You make me want to have my Christmas tree up already!!!! Love the new bright red pot ;-)

Lululiz said...

Hmm, why is nobody telling you off for being a bad girl and buying something new when you are not supposed to? Eh? Lolol, I suppose because we are all such forgiving, understanding friends, already full of Christmas spirit.........

Serenata said...

A lovely Pohutukawa. We planted one in our garden in Snells Beach when we lived there and it grew so beautifully big - I just love them!

Stephanie said...

I'm planning a polka dot Christmas!!! :o) I'd say that tree was begging to come home with you. Your NZ Christmas Tree looks like what we call bottlebrush. Looks like you have lots of helpers in your house.

Manka said...

very nice red pot!

I love the picture where your little daughter is hugging the peas, she's just sooo sweet! :D

Pomona said...

Well, Sarah, if you didn't have a pot, and it will be reusable for years, then I don't think it is a disaster. My view is that the real issue is mindless consumption - just constantly buying things that you don't need without thinking about where they come from or what the consequences are. And if you can't find something handmade or secondhand, then you will have to buy new anyway. I also know that buying for others is another thing entirely - particularly children. Much as my Princess B loves charity shops and is quite happy with secondhand, I find that there are all sorts of things for her that I just cannot buy secondhand. I think the important thing about the challenge is to consider what you are buying, and consider the alternatives - which is what you are doing. I don't think that one reusable plant pot and a fairtrade (presumably handmade, anyway) reindeer is a massive sin! And I think you more than make up for what is really not exactly a major lapse in the other things you do! I think we have all made personal exceptions to this challenge - from underwear to craft supplies - because there is a limit to what is personally feasible in the modern world. And trade is necessary to make the world go round - I think the point is to be thoughtful about what we buy, and consider the implications, but also to be realistic about what is possible.

So I wouldn't beat yourself up about it - nothing worth doing is easy, and even if you feel that you have failed (which I, in fact, don't), it is better to keep on than to give up at the first hurdle. If it were that easy, it wouldn't be such a worthwhile thing to do!

Pomona x

Floss said...

It's confession day today - have you been over to Dance in my Garden?. Anway, you're all nothing compared to my shiny new computer! The pot is great and, as Pomona says, should last for years. FT is one of my exceptions anyway, so I'm fine with that one!

sallgood said...

Love your trees, and the red pot is now a great piece of your family's Christmas traditions for years to come!!

I'm working on something I'd like to send, so email me your address ASAP!! (stephanieallgood@hotmail.com)

RebeccaMom said...

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It's a lot of fun!

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

Hi Sarah, yes I completely forgive you for buying that beautiful red pot...I'm going to forgive you because I can see that your tree really needs it, and it will be around making you smile for many years I'm sure... totally worth it!