Now this is what I like to see when I look out the window at the garden in December! Oh we have had plenty of hard frosts but the ground remains soft. Many a morning the entire landscape has been white with frost, but that is not the same thing as snow. When snow covers the ground there is a muffled stillness that descends on the garden. It is a peaceful silence that I adore.
The first Christmas we spent here, we strung popcorn and cranberries and hung them on a small white pine for the animals to enjoy. Twenty-one years later that white pine is so big and tall we would need the fire department's aerial truck and a carload of popcorn to repeat that event. Our lifetime collection of tree decorations were not brought here when we moved from our large village home to a used single wide mobile home. Since then a few pine boughs have been our holiday decorations.
Our search for a small tree suitable for potting up revealed several bigger pines growing near the electric lines. Removal was required with one tree suitably sized for the center of the stone square. Ed's bow saw easily felled the tree and it was stuck into the ground much like a tomato plant pole. A south wind moved the tree away from vertical since the ground is wet and unfrozen. With a little of little of Ed's Christmas magic, I have a Christmas tree exactly where I wanted one! Perhaps the family will string popcorn and cranberries on this tree on Christmas day.