I've got big plans for this little tree...

This is the tree I picked up Tuesday evening after work. This is the tree we weren't having this year. Oops!

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The revolution started last weekend when we saw some cute little trees in pots in the village. 

It wasn't long after that a plan started to form...

...We could have one in a pot, because that's more of a plant than a tree.

... And since we've removed the veg beds from the back of the garden we have a space to fill, so it would make sense.

And that's how I found myself in the garden centre, choosing a tree. It's a Norway Spruce and feels soft to the touch. But my plans for this little tree don't stop there. 

I like a Christmas wreath, and remember last year I made this one - well so far this year I haven't got a wreath, made or bought. I'd planned to make one again because it was much easier than I thought and I had a real sense of accomplishment when it was complete. Because the wire rings were so cheap I went against my instincts and chucked it all out. This year though it's been harder to get one of those rings and when I did find one it was almost three times as expensive as last year, so I declined. In fact the shrub branch cuttings are also a lot more expensive than I remember, and so much so that I'm not buying any. I think £10 for a bit of evergreen that's been chopped off a larger plant is a bit excessive and again a huge increase on last year.

Anyway, I digress. I have bought some rings - I bought ten online for the same price the florist was willing to sell me one - and I'm hoping to get out into the garden and see what greenery I have to add to it. But this is where my little tree comes in, not this year though. When it's planted out in the garden, growing its foot a year, filling the space where the veg beds used to be it'll also be growing greenery for my wreaths. 

A masterplan. I know. I thank you...

But it's got some growing to do, once it's finished being an indoors Christmas tree that is.

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And remember my Christmas turkey? Well he's proudly sitting near the top of my tree, and makes me smile every time I see him.

 CAN YOU SPOT THE PROUD TURKEY?

CAN YOU SPOT THE PROUD TURKEY?

It's about four foot at the moment - the tree, not the turkey, so there's not a lot of room for decorations. This year for the first time ever, I think I've put more decorations away than I've put on the tree - but well, I didn't want to shock my little tree too much.

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And you know what? Father Christmas has given it the thumbs up!

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So that's fine by me...

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