Sunday, December 6, 2015

Decorating for the Holiday, Naturally: The Holly and The Ivy

Long work day yesterday, but I did take some time today to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, warm weather, and do some trimming of the holly and the ivy* - both literal and seasonal. I just thought the office porch and environs needed some holiday decor.

 My air conditioner condensation catcher looks prettier this way.
All materials sourced from the grounds; pine limbs, 
holly I trimmed from random bushes, and ivy pulled away from taking over Education buildings.

Ah, leftover rosehips from last night's party ...

You so pretty,
 But why you got to stab me with your razor sharp thorns?
Pretty Evil little ... Beauties

* If you don't have "The Holly and The Ivy" stuck in your head yet, you will soon.

 The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown. 
The rising of the sun 
And the running of the deer, 
The playing of the merry organ, 
Sweet singing in the choir. 

~ Sharp's English Folk-Carols (1911)

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~ photos by iPhone

Note: I WAS wearing gardening gloves, but not leather ones. I was pulling thorns out for a few days. 

Even later note: c. January 2016, I have a SCAR in my palm from not getting one of these little buggers out.

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