Penny'pedia: getting the shop ready to open..
Lunch with some friends and, afterwards, working in the shop with Viv, getting boxes down from the attic.
This is what it looked like last summer and now I'm going to get it ready for Christmas. No-one celebrates Christmas here like they do in England (as far as I can see), but I'm hoping to make Chez Penny a beacon in the darkness. It was dark when I finished today, so no pictures, I'm afraid, but next time I'll take some. Check the Chez Penny website for future news...
I thought you might like to see the wreaths I make from ivy...
I simply pull down the ivy - as long lengths as I can get - and then make it into a wreath. I usually take 2 lengths of ivy and twist them into a circle. I use the rest of the lengths, or join in a new length, and twist around the original pieces to hold them in place. I don't use string or anything to hold things in place, as the ivy lengths are very pliable and usually hold well. I tuck the ends in to secure them. Then I hang them on my airer to dry off for a week or so.
When the leaves are all dry I simply rub my hands over the wreath to get the leaves off. After this I either use the dried wreaths as they are, or decorate them.