Thursday, December 8, 2011
I mentioned earlier that we decided not to get a Christmas tree, and my intent was to decorate the fireplace instead. Well, this was the result.
I bought two pine boughs for £8 (a crazy amount for what is essentially yard waste) and added a string of lights, a silver ribbon and some little ornaments shaped like woodland animals that we brought from New Jersey. It turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself. Ernie enjoyed it, as you can see.
Unfortunately, it was also a little too large for the space. The top of the fireplace is only about 2-3 inches wide. I braced the boughs in place with duct tape (which seems so American somehow) but as Dave and I watched TV that evening, the whole construction slowly began sagging toward the hearth. I was afraid it would fall into the fireplace entirely and we'd have a conflagration. So I took it down.
It's now decorating our windowsill, which is much wider and probably a better, safer place for it anyway.