Friday, December 24, 2010

My Wreath - Finished At Last!

I have FINALLY  put the finishing touches to my all natural Aussie Bush wreath!   It has been a long process. 

Thanks to the inspiring Sarah at Modern Country Style I embarked on this little task about 2 weeks ago. 

Sarah posted a fabulous tutorial on how to make a natural wreath (from scratch).  It has taken me this long to gather all the bits and pieces - but at last it is finally finished and I couldn't be happier.

In  many ways it is symbolic of not only the Festive Season but also of the journey I have been on this past year.   At the start of 2010 I set my sights at conquering this little mountain below.   It is known locally as "the Pyramid".    In (almost!) reaching the top I have not only proven that am capable of the stretching myself physically but also mentally, given my extreme fear of heights.  I have to pinch myself to believe I have actually achieved this feat.  Who knows what challenges I will set for myself in 2011?

So it seems fitting, that the leaves for my little Christmas Wreath have come from trees at the top of this mountain.   Matthew, Alan D (affectionately known as my Sherpa Guides!) and I made the climb on Tuesday and we gathered the leaves from these magnificent gum trees here.

Just to put things into real perspective - this is how far UP we were!

So, together with some sprigs of lavender (which I managed to find at the local markets last Sunday) and the beautiful red sprigs of flowers from my glorious Ixora - I have managed to put together a Tropical Natural Wreath.   It looks so pretty and festive on my front door and frames my two kookaburras perfectly!

Thank you so much Sarah for inspiring this project and for your encouragement and help.
Here it is Christmas Eve and it is absolutely pouring here in the Valley.   Most certainly we will be flooded in for Christmas as the mighty Mulgrave continues to rise.  However we are all safe and sound on our little hill. The  pantry and fridge is full.....the presents are all wrapped and  I have my family around me.  What more could I ask for!

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!

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  1. Sharyne, your wreath is just beautiful - looks like its straight out of the House & Garden magazine. I cannot belive how high up you are - whow. Merry Christmas Sandy xx

  2. Hi Sharyne,

    I wasn't going to visit blogs today but I couldn't resist sneaking over to yours! And I'm so glad I did. Your wreath is brilliant. I love the way you've spaced the flowers.

    I've never seen a kookaburra. I only know about them from the song that goes 'Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree'. Do you know it? How funny htat you mentioned both Kookaburras AND gum trees in one post!!

    What incredible views from the mouuntain! I was wondering what the fluffy things were: they're CLOUDS?!!! Wow, you were so high up. WELL DONE!!

    I hope that you have a very Happy Christmas with your family. Here's a big hug from England:



  3. Sharyne I have enjoyed getting to know you and your mountain and your bushwalks enormously, though I always feel a little ashamed when I come away that I don't manage to do a similar thing! Actually most of the wonderful bloggersI visit put me to shame...but I love it any way!
    Have a wonderful Christmas hope you are not flooded in for long and i hope you have loads of aerogard!!!!!
    Enjoy the day and may it be filled with love and laughter ~ Julienne

  4. Sharyn, I am so proud of you for stretching your capabilities and going beyond!! Great images!

    Happiest of Holidays & All the Best in the New Year!

    Art by Karena

    ps I have a giveaway!

  5. Hi Sharyne , for some reason I have missed all your beautiful Christmas posts! Have just gone back and read them all and they are lovely. I love all the decorating you did - simply wonderful! When is this rain ever going to end, Mel xxx


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