Saturday, December 03, 2005


This photo was taken standing on my front doorstep just now - they lit the Christmas lights round the green last night, and brought the tree in today.

The tree is a heroic gesture - often, by the second week of its sojourn, it's held up only by police hazard tape and goodwill. One year it was scythed down completely by joyriders and patched back together with wire; one blustery year it blew over more or less every night and eventually was held up by many guyropes. But every year, there it stands, and someone watches out for it and keeps it standing. The lights are beautiful, just plain coloured lightbulbs but somehow they bring a real feeling of tranquility to the space.

Christmas is coming...

Better finish that last sock.

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