|Wreath with rope work and shells, made by Mark|
We are often asked about Christmas decorations so I thought I'd share a few pictures of how we decorate the boat.
Some of you will have seen our wreath before, either in real life or in pictures. Mark made it a few years ago with shells and a shiny fishing lure. It has been outside in various places, this year it is on the step beside the boat. It's been difficult to get a picture of it because it feels like it has been raining and/or so windy the pontoons are swinging around nearly every day in the last couple of weeks.
|Table top tree with mini nativity scene|
A Christmas tree is a very traditional decoration in Britain (well, since the 1800's). Ours is about 25 years old and was a gift from my parents when I was a student. It has been in many places since then and is still going strong. It fits nicely on our coffee table in the saloon and is currently topped by a star made by the youngest deck hand a few years ago. It spends the rest of the year folded down into an old whisky tin!
|Decorations hanging from string of tinsel|
As the tree is too small for many of our bigger decorations we hang them across the cockpit. We add to them each year. This year we got an icicle from the local glass blowers, a place we love visiting. We also have some other special ornaments like this fireplace that I found in Somerset one year that is on a ledge in the cockpit.
|Small resin fireplace ornament, shells, sea glass and an oil lamp|
I like getting cards and messages from friends and family at any time of the year. We do send a lot of e-cards to reduce our footprint but love getting those special cards and hang them in the saloon.
|String of cards hanging over settee with new bookshelf behind|
Wherever and whatever you are doing we wish you happiness, beautiful sunsets and fair winds.
From all the crew of Tarquilla