That felt good, didn't it?
And now I change topic. Just like that. We have to get on with this new year, there's so many things to do. This weekend we removed the ornaments and finery from our yule tree, and chopped it up. This tree wasn't an ordinary yule tree. No, it was actually the top of a big spruce from a windbreak nearby. A kind neighbour let us cut it down on christmas day, since we happend to be unable to go anywhere because of an old fashioned snow storm. We had great fun pulling the tree home on our sledge, hardly able to see through the whirling snow, while being pushed by a playful and somewhat inclement wind.
There's no other reason for this picture, other that to introduce you to Skatkat, also known as Monsieur Skattekat, named after the trumpet playing cat in Aristocats. We had five kittens this summer (well, one of our lady cats did) and he's the one that we couldn't part with. Don't be fooled by that innocent look, he had a very busy week climbing that tree, throwing ornaments around for our dog to chew on. They were very succesfull in raiding that tree.
Back to the chopped up tree. The very top was to thin on this tree, but the next level had a fine size, so we peeled off the soft bark. With a screw eye in the top of it, it makes a splendid hanger. It will make jewellry, silk scarfs, yarn, drying herbs and flowers - (continue the list yourself) - look so much better!
Last yule I used it as an advent wreath ...
The lower part of the tree can easily transform into lovely and practical coat hooks. These were gifts from a friend. The remains of the tree is now transformed into a diversion for sheep and two small horses. Vitamins included.
I hope you feel inspired to make something useful and pretty from your tree - or your neighbours!