Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Great Christmas Tree Heist

So the other day we went a-Christmas tree hunting. No firs or pines or whatever the traditional trees are in these parts. So we cut down a sisal stalk. On Wikipedia it says that Tanzania is a major producer of sisal (used to make rope and such). There's certainly a lot of them around. So we went down to the bottom of our hill and found a suitable one to cut.

There they are in situ - you can hardly see them really but they're there, two brothers looking out over the Maasai Steppes



So the father-in-law and I got chopping with the panga.



while the neighbour's cat looked on



And the parents-in-law and I carried it up the hill to our brave little pink house (the tree, not the cat!)



And we decortaed it with butterfly hair clips...



...and beaded stars bought from the Maasai market in town...



...that catch the sunlight...



...and make pretty shadows...



Merry Christmas y'all

16 comments:

Shiny said...

It's beautiful! Especially the star shadows. Happy happy to you and yours xxx

Val said...

super cool Miranda! it looks beeauuutifull - love the decorations and bling. enjoy xxx

Mud in the City said...

Love the beaded stars!

Last day at work today - and then I can feel REALLY Christmassy!

Love to all - and the baby's 1st Christmas!
xx

Dumdad said...

Great tree!

Shelley said...

What a wonderful holiday tree. The beaded stars are gorgeous, and sparkly, and the shadows are fantastic too!

Your world and adventures of daily life make my suburban Oregon life seem quite dull by comparison. Thank you for broadening my horizons with your lovely blog!

Miranda said...

Shiny - you too, m'dear
Val - thanks, just love those stars
Mud - surely this must be the busiest time for you? Being Father Christmas and all?
DD - good effort, i reckon
Shelly - wow, thanks! And thanks for the visit! Hope you hang around!

Rob Inukshuk said...

Loving your local tree, sparkly stars and the hair clips!

Wishing a very merry Christmas to you and yours in the little pink house on the hill from us in a cold but festive London.

Ziongirl said...

It is the most beautiful tree ever!!!

Lori ann said...

Miranda that is the best tree, with the best decorations (want to get my hands on those stars) and such a beautiful photo in your living room!
Happy 1st Christmas to your sweet little one, enjoy!
love, lori

Miranda said...

Thanks Rob, hope you had a great Christmas too!
Ziongirl - why thank you!
Lori - send me your address on facebook I'll post you a few...it may not work, but worth a try! They're cheapcheap

Marilynne said...

I love the tree. I love the sparkles and the shadows. Good work.

family affairs said...

Just beautiful Lx

Iota said...

Very creative!

aryan blueyeboy said...

hi
its nice
thanks

Janet said...

Aaaaaah it reminds me of a childhood Christmas holiday in the middle of the Karoo where we had a similar tree.

Love the decorations

Unknown said...

Hi Miranda,
I stumbled upon your site while looking for an image of a Xmas tree shadow. I love the last one in particular. Would it be possible for me to use it as a background for my calligraphy (not to be sold - it's for Xmas card exchange). Thanks a lot,
Marta