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Christmas Wreath

Nothing to do with accounts!!

For 4 years now I have been making my own wreath for our front door.  Why? Because I couldn’t find one I really liked in the shops, the ‘non-real’ ones look, well… non real and the real ones are all so uniform and perfect that they don’t look real either plus some of them were £50 and I still didn’t like them.  So inspired by Kirsty Allsop off the telly, I decided to have a go at making my own and now its become a bit of a tradition in our house.

So if you want to have a go yourself it’s really quite easy, much cheaper and the results are great but be warned you will get very sticky, sappy hands, sore fingers, damaged nails, pricked several times by the holly and you will get the odd bug walking across your table!

Here’s what you’ll need:  A ring of some sort, you can get them from Hobbycraft or online, you can get wire ones, rattan, moss covered foam.  I think mine is made from grapevines and is still going strong after 4 years.  A pack of florist wires, again I re-use them year after year.  You will also need some way of attaching it to your door.  I use a big red ribbon which gets tied to the door knocker. A pair of garden clippers or good scissors and some newspaper to protect your table.


You can also get additional objects such as cinnamon sticks, dried orange slices, Christmas ornaments, monogram letters etc.

Next is the fun bit, you need to go out foraging in the woods, preferably on a crisp dry day. On the heath they cut down loads of trees every winter and leave them for you to take – free Christmas trees, there is loads right now but some are a bit scrawny.  Here’s what we collected on a half hour dog walk.

You need to try and find as many varieties of Pine and Fir trees as you can.  The one on the left is from our Christmas tree.  Try to find bits with the cones still attached as it makes life easier.  In my opinion, holly with berries on is a must but some years this has been hard to find but seems to be in abundance this year.

These are always just lying on the floor but give them a good shake to get any crawlies out.

You can also use cones and small sticks to add interest.

Now to assemble, take a few of your assorted bits and twist a florist wire around the stems about an inch from the bottom to make small bundles.  Once you’ve made a few bundles, start attaching them to the ring using the wire that you have attached to the bundles.  Start near the top of the ring and work down, overlapping each bundle to hide the stems and wires.  You don’t want to make the bundles too uniform but the ring does need to be reasonably symmetrical.  Do a few each side until they meet at the bottom.


Once you have initially covered the ring, hold it up against a door.  You will immediately see if there are any gaps and if any parts need more wires to secure them.  Lay the wreath back on the table and add more foliage and wires where necessary.  Its also at this point that you can add extra decoration with cinnamon sticks, drift wood, cones etc as the wire you use to secure them can also help secure the bundles at little better.

This is my finished wreath.

Happy Christmas

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Pictures: Diane Hudson

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All About Poole

I recently saw a blog from a follower giving 40 reasons to move to Toronto, so I thought I would take inspiration from this and compile a list of things about Poole. Now Poole is a lot smaller than Toronto and our Mayor is not known internationally for taking crack and using inappropriate language, in fact, I have no idea who our Mayor is but let’s see what we can come up with.

    • We have one of the largest natural harbours in the world.
    • We have Blue Flag beaches

      • A Chain Ferry
      • Not one but two lifting bridges.
      • 4 Tides per day
      • It’s where the Scouts were founded by Lord Baden Powell – dib dib dib
      • The home of Sunseeker Yachts

      • The home of Lush – they make our industrial estates smell lovely

        • Head Quarters for the RNLI – they have a fancy new college building where you can even get married.

          • The Sandbanks Pennisular has the 4th highest land value in the world – you need serious millions for even a scrap of land.
          • Poole Quay – where several of the pubs date back to the 1600’s
          • The Dolphin Shopping Centre – an incredibly ugly 1960s concrete monstrosity, how did they ever think that looked good.
          • We have cross channel ferries.
          • Rainfall is well below the UK average.
          • Population (at the last census in 2011) is 147,600 with 22% under 19 and 20.5% over 65.
          • In 2006 a National Housing Federation study claimed Poole was the most unaffordable town to live in, in the UK.
          • The castle on Brownsea Island was originally a fortification built by Henry VIII in 1549 – now its owned by the National Trust who lease it to John Lewis for their staff holidays.

            • Ryvitas are made here – you can smell it when they burn them.
            • The heathland at Canford Heath is an 850 acre site of special scientific interest.
            • We have ‘Bikers Night’ on Poole Quay every Tuesday.
            • Polo on the beach.

            • It’s home to Diane Hudson Accountancy Ltd.

 

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Canford Heath

Want to see whats beyond the little path at the front of our place?

 

Canford Heath is an 850 acre heathland of special scientific interest.

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It’s very pretty in the evening sun

 

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Late summer is the prettiest time of year 

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There are nine cows – 2 big black Shetlands & 7 British Whites

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Full moon rising at the top of the path to Wallisdown