One of the first purchases Adam and I wanted to make when we moved into our new home was a Christmas tree. When Adam was growing up he fondly remembers going to the Leigh Sinton Christmas tree farm, just north of Malvern – the trees are so well regarded they’ve even been used outside of the British Prime Minister’s house at 10 Downing Street!
I’ve only ever had a ‘real life’ Christmas tree once before at my brother’s house in Canberra. Growing up in tropical Queensland, humid summers and fir trees just don’t mix, so we always had a fake tree.
I was amazed at the huge variety of trees available…
There were so many different colours! Vivid forest greens, blue-greens, and bright almost lime greens. Oh, and the smell! So fresh and festive. Who needs a scented candle, when you can walk through a real life Christmas tree plantation?!
The farm also has a Christmas shop on-site where you can buy decorations, small gifts, and beautiful living wreaths. I was particularly fond of the ones made of holly. The plant grows prolifically around Malvern and I wouldn’t mind trying my hand at making a wreath myself. Any tips/hints would be greatly appreciated!
We also walked away with a bunch of live mistletoe. It’s currently living in a jug sitting on the dresser in our bedroom. We haven’t quite decided where we’ll hang it yet, but I think above the stairs that go down to our front entryway would be appropriate ;).
Once we found our tree (a six foot Nordmann fir), we had it mounted onto a stump of wood and bundled it into Bjorn the car and took it home to decorate!
We have a very red living room with large leather sofas with tapestry like cushions, so decided to stick with a simple aesthetic when decorating the tree – an abundance of warm glowing fairy lights and baubles of different sizes in a brassy like colour.
We’re now enjoying our tree and savouring this wonderful time of the year, where it’s quite acceptable to just sit and gaze into a corner of a room of an evening!