Wonder Pens at Home: Christmas Tree Hunting
So, we went hunting for our Christmas tree! I tell anyone who will listen that one day, after analogue and new technologies have finally battled it out and declared a winner, I dream of retiring and buying some land up north of the city and foraging for wild mushrooms and growing eggplants and kale and letting the dog out to mark our territory, scaring off all the natural predators. I'll bake bread and write my memoirs of running a stationery shop and can tomatoes and collect fresh eggs from my chickens which I'll have named to prevent any chicken dinners. In reality, I am, however, not really a bug or spider person, nor do I fare very well in cold weather, so it's a bit of a dream that I dream of when I'm dragging the baby on the TTC across the city to his doctor's appointments, or there are fragrant smells wafting in from the courtyard next to the office unit. However, this past Monday, on our last day off until Christmas Day itself, we went to a Christmas Tree Farm. I'm not sure if there's anything both more or less romantic than that. I mean, on the one hand, it's a farm where there are Christmas trees, young and old, as far as the eye can see! On the other hand, it's a farm where all the trees are doomed. I mean, "doomed" unless you're the tree in e.e. cummings' poem. I'm on the romantic side. When we pulled into the farm, it didn't look too great, probably not helped by the very grey weather and skies, but as soon as you stepped out, you can literally smell Christmas in the air. We went to Prestonvale Tree Farms, which is out past Ajax. I highly recommend it! They're very nice, and they have everything you need, which is great for folks like us, since we don't know what we're doing. They even gave Caleb a candy cane, which we had to accept to be polite, and since Caleb isn't eating candy yet, someone else had to eat it on the car ride home. Saw selection - safety first! I was silly enough to think that we could just cut the tree down with a best fixed blade survival knife The tree is up! There are some lights on it, but nothing else! Actually, we didn't even have a Christmas tree last year, either in our home or in the 906 shop, but this year we're a bit more organized, and the baby is a bit older. We don't have too many ornaments, but we're hoping to slowly begin collecting them over the years. Our tree will look a bit empty for now, but stick with us :) It's been a busy couple of days, and it's been a bit quiet here on the blog! We have lots, and lots going on, I can hardly keep up. I've been working on our Christmas cards, we've been packing up orders into the late night, we had my in-laws over so there were a few dangerously full closets. We've still got boxes and boxes coming into the shop as the holiday season comes into full swing. Restocking and new things, I've been rubbing my hands in anticipation of the TWSBI Vac-mini, which I think will be around the end of December. More and more to come!