Inside out and the outside in!

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White bryony berries

So, we dragged the outside into the Hall!

Cesaur

Caesar

The white trees were actually some of the elm tops we kept when we coppiced the elm hedge at Valley Farm; Steph and Ashley sprayed them white (and, apparently, themselves and everything else!).

Hazel arch and a wee bit of mistletoe

Hazel arch and a wee bit of mistletoe

Mick Thwaites was commissioned to construct the woven hazel arch (which proved a little troublesome to fit into the Mitsubishi pickup!). Mick’s other work can be found here

The Christmas dinner table

The Christmas dinner table

All ready for Christmas dinner, including the cooked boar’s head from Home Farm.

And a Merry Christmas to you all

And a Merry Christmas to you all!

That’s not enough cake for the foresters!!!!!!!!!!!

Gold leaf Walnut pyramid

Gold leaf walnut pyramid

Conifer cone cone

Conifer cone

Olga and Jess spent an awful lot of time splitting the walnuts, removing the insides and then glueing them back together again. That was the easy part, next Olga spent a few weeks applying two colours of gold leaf to the walnuts and then making them into a pyramid. To get the red-gold leaf a small amount of copper is mixed with the gold.

The chapel

The Chapel

So that’s where the willow angels disappeared to…

The foresters gate crash the party ;-)

The foresters gatecrash the party 😉

…snuck in when no one was looking…

And found the wine cellar too :-P

…and found the wine cellar too 😛

…then we found the Butler’s Pantry and all the goodies in there!

Did we have to much mulled wine?

Did we have too much mulled wine?

Right you lot, get back to work!

About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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