Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Wreath'n, Vermont Style

The store windows on Main Street are all decorated with lights and trees.

There are a few unusual ones too.

Here are my favorites:

Santa and his "test drive" with one reindeer.

Mickey and; Tigger

Minnie and Mickey

As it gets colder, it becomes time to drag out 20 trees to the front of the stores and plant them in the barrels that we plant flowers in.  A good crew joined us to complete the project.    It was -7 degrees.

It is a real skill to get the trees to fit in the buckets and stand straight.
The trees had to be untied, "fluffed up," trunks cut to fit, branches trimmed and wires tied.
Festive lights were placed on them the next day.

After planting trees and warming up a little, I headed to my local greenhouse to look at holiday baskets and festive wreaths.

I like living trees, but already have a few.

The owner made a special one for me to hang on my coop.
Complete with chicks, straw hat, eggs in a basket, Simmental cattle and tiny cow bells hanging in the middle.

Looks good on the coop.

The Main Street trees that we put up looked really good after the 12 inches of snow we got on Sunday.

 Up the road, the neighbors have a vintage creche in their yard.  Its older than I am.

Of course, I love the cow.

I think this scene needs a few chickens and some real hay.....

The local wildlife are also being subjected to holiday decorations.

Have you got your barn, coop, doghouse or garden decorated this year ?
Anyone using solar lights ?


  1. oh my gosh i just love that coop wreath. it is just the cutest! i want your snow!

  2. I didn't know they had solar lights! I have a battery operated strand to go behind my village to light it up.

  3. That is nice. Great light up Nativity. I found Mary & Joseph at Goodwill in July and baby Jesus last week. I also like the wreaths - the one with the cows!

  4. Merry Christmas, Janis. I have followed your adventures all year long. Love the Tour de Coop. Miss your bovine tales. We would like to visit Vermont, especially now that I have seen its beauty in both the landscape and the people through your blog.

  5. Oh wow I love what you have done. How come in UK we decorate so boringly .wish I lived near your place love it

  6. I don't do any decorating but these looks good, so very christmassy.

    hope you have a great holiday.

  7. A wreath on the chicken coop! How fun and festive!

  8. Except for maybe the large white teeth..yikes, imagine those in real life... your post is just excellent, and such enticing photos to lift anyone's spirits to JOY!

  9. Oh and I just adore your adorable "Kiss my face" cows on your header photo!

  10. This is surely the best time of year for decorations and displays!

  11. wonderful. It is a dream of mine to visit Vermont one day. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Wishing you a lovely Sunday and a very Merry Christmas♥

  12. I love the wreath you got for your Coop... It's exciting seeing all the beautiful decorations!

    Thanks for linking to the letter "E"!

    Excellent post!