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daily parcels * tied up in string *

daily musings of a vintage addict * I am totally obsessed with all things vintage * trying to keep up with my past...and sometimes ordinary everyday life

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Location: Katoomba, NSW, Australia

here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

Plan ahead and dream of all the beautiful things that life has to offer

December 29, 2005

ghost of Christmas past

ahh yes * Christmas just gone already has a ghost of the past, SO - when to take the tree down? I usually wait til the New Year - usually around the 7th (I remember some kind of old wives tale about leaving it up til then)
but with the cruise coming up
and my new *simple & selfish* mantra - I can't wait to get back to normal and get on with my *new* life !!!!!!
I have taken a few things down as I clean up & putter but I feel so guilty if I take the tree down too soon.
of course it looks like it needs to go * with this heat, the poor thing is looking sad and sorry for itself. I might just cut it up into little logs in readiness for winter - kind of like a yule log.


Blogger Shell said...

Hi Robyn,

I actually took mine down two days ago. Christmas just wasn't the same this year (my parents separated this year and our day was spent between them because they can't stand to be together, and then things with my pa and all). So I just couldn't look at it anymore and feel festive. I do feel better having taken it down, and I know about wanting to start anew - I feel that way too. So here is to new beginnings *raises a toast*. =)

1:33 pm  
Blogger Shell said...

I forgot to say that I love your previous post. What a great way to live life.

2:16 pm  
Blogger Alice said...

Our tree hasn't wilted at all despite the heat .... oh, of course, it's a fake ..LOL

I understand your feeling of wanting to get on with your 'new' life. I always have a sense of relief on Boxing Day, knowing that we can now get back to normal - whatever that is.

I hope you have a wonderful birthday on Sunday - only -- years young! I also hope you and Joe have a fantastic cruise.

Years ago Richard's parents often went on Pacific Cruises during the summer months, and I always thought it would be so boring having 'nothing' to do all day. But many times over the intervening years I thought it would be just heaven.

4:23 pm  
Blogger dolly said...

Hi Ms* R - did I miss something is it your birthday on Sunday?

9:29 pm  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Ms Robyn - I am amazed to learn that you don't seem to be aware that Twelfth Night (5th January) is the traditional time to take down all Christmas decorations! Have a look at this neat website - it will explain all. http://www.novareinna.com/festive/twelfth.html
I really thought you would know about it, after your description of your pre-Christmas preparations with the Advent candles, etc.

1:01 am  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes, do tell..! If so, happy, happy!

1:04 am  
Blogger VintagePretty said...

I can't bring myself to take the tree down, I know how hard it'll be. In this house it's usually left up until around the 4th/5th, we have a saying here that the tree must come down by 12th night (6th January) due to bad luck etc, for us, it's usually around this time that the needles start dropping and getting stuck in our hoover ;-)

1:30 am  
Blogger Connie and Rob said...

Hey I didn't know your birthday was coming up! Are you a "New Year's Baby"? I have a sister and her birthday is on Sunday.

A cruise sounds absolutely fabulous right about now...I hope you go and relax and just have a great time. Hope you take pictures so you can show us some pretty scenery.

All the best to you!

3:56 am  
Blogger ms*robyn said...

Gina ~ I knew about 12th night but I didn't even connect it to the taking down of the tree ` all I know that here in the heat, the tree does not last that long !

7:27 am  
Blogger Maggie Ann said...

I know what you mean. We're kind of torn between keeping the tree up until at least New Year's Day here in the U.S. and then there is that restless urge to clean and purge the house of all the decorations and get back to normal, hoping all the while the tree doesn't dry out enough to catch fire....oh heaven forbid!!!

1:13 pm  

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