Last year, we had a bit of a mishap with our Christmas tree when one of the cats that we had taken in caught a claw in our small table top tree and pulled it down.
This year, we decided to try the 7 foot tree which I felt fit the room better as we have high ceilings.
I'm thrilled to report that it's been a week now and... THE TREE IS STILL STANDING!!!
I don't know whether they remember the accident last year, when the small tree came crashing down, but after the briefest of sniffs, they are ignoring it.
I got some new ornaments this year, which I'd like to show you here. They fit in with the garden/wildlife theme, as I'm sure you will agree.
I adore this little brushy squirrel, which I found in Plants for All Seasons, along with the owl shown below. (I'm getting quite the collection of owls now - I love them!)
In addition to owls, I seem to be getting a collection of cardinals. I have a stained glass window in the bedroom with a male and female cardinal. On the mantel I have a beautiful wood carving of a cardinal on a branch. And the ceramic ornament in the center of the photo below features a cardinal on a snowy pine branch.
It's one I made myself and it's available for sale in my Zazzle store.
I wish each and every one of you the very best of the Holiday Season and look forward to a wonderful New Year.
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.