We had some complications along the way but both Christmas trees are finally up and decorated. As I was going to bed on Saturday evening I noticed that even though the heating was turned off it still appeared to be running. It is only a few weeks since we had a similar problem fixed. This meant we had to call out a service engineer to come and look at it, he phoned just as we were about to get the decorations down from the loft. This meant it was better to leave the decorations where they were until he called to fix the problem.

After he had departed we brought the decorations down and proceeded to set up the tree in the dining room which is at the front of our house. After the tree was put together it was time to drape the lights around the tree. We always check them spread out on the floor before putting them on the tree and they seemed to be working fine. However once they were draped around the tree one of the colours failed, which I suspected was terminal. Mr C fiddled with them on the tree and then at my request took them off again so they would be easier to check out. He changed the fuses and some of the bulbs and still they refused to work. I was beginning to feel uncomfortable about them and suggested that we used a spare set that we had.

One tree was adorned with the spare set of lights and decorations it was time to work on the tree in the sitting room which is at the back of the house. As I was assembling the tree Mr C looked for the lights which were nowhere to be found. He went up in the loft to see if he had left them up there by mistake. It was only when he came back down that I had the vague recollection of this set of lights failing last year. One of the colour strands had gone and as it was the type where the bulbs cannot be replaced we had binned it!! By this time it was too late to pop to the garden centre to pick up a new set up lights. That had to be done this evening and now the second tree is all sparkle and glow.

I have not had time to take any photographs yet so I will leave you with a couple from previous years.

Christmas Day Corner

Christmas Light

12 Comments CherryPie on Dec 14th 2015

12 Responses to “Deck the Halls”

  1. Chrysalis says:

    Oh, so pretty – I love it, love it, love it! :)

    Is the first one at Attingham Park?

    We had the same thing happen with half a string – near the top, of course, rather than the bottom where it was easier to reach. We tested them all before we put them on so I don’t know what happened, but we tried and couldn’t fix them. (Let’s blame elves.)

  2. lisl says:

    I like your choice of bauble, Cherie

  3. Ayush says:

    some bright, cheery shots from last year, Cherie.

  4. james higham says:

    Have linked.

  5. ubermouth says:

    Lovely tree! Is the second one one of those ’skinny’ trees?

    In my condo we are not allowed real trees so I have an artificial one. It has been up less than a week and has been knocked down 3x already-and only once by the cats. The other 2x were my doing,trying to move it so it would not get knocked over by the cats! I am fed up with re-decorating and lighting my tree!

    • CherryPie says:

      It is a slim tree, but not skinny in the way you mean. I think the angle I have taken the photo makes it look narrower than it actually is.

      Trees are lovely when they are up but… a pain to decorate ;-)

  6. J_on_tour says:

    It always seems a bit more real when you talk about having difficulty with the lights. Quality photos and decorations though. Have a happy Christmas.