Christmas Trees, Bright Sunshine and Western Australia go together like…. well like a chocolate tea pot really.
By the time Christmas finally hits, Western Australia is in the height of summer which generally means temperatures of 30-40 degrees centigrade. A dramatic change from the cold and wet Christmases we usually had in Blighty. When we first moved to WA, we were desperate to replicate Christmas as best we could (don’t worry it didn’t last long) and so we hunted down a Christmas tree FARM.
Thanks to ‘Christmas Trees of Wanneroo’ we found our Christmas tree and by found, I literally mean, we FOUND IT. Yes, it’s a proper farm where you are given a trolley, a saw and sent on your way!!! It was certainly very fun and not at all what we were used to!
Christmas Trees of Wanneroo
Christmas Trees of Wanneroo is owned by a lovely man, called Alex, who invites you to choose your tree out of the 2,000 he has growing. Don’t worry, if you’re not into sweating, puffing and panting and trying to break down your tree, you can pre-order & purchase a cut one.
Given it was only 36 degrees c that day and we were feeling strong, we opted for the not-so-sensible option and decided we’d cut ours down.
But first you have to find it
There’s five of us here and of course we all have different opinions on what the tree should look like. The kids just wanted a HUGE tree, I wanted one that wasn’t lopsided and Richard was hoping for one that had a small trunk!
Chopping it down
Once you’ve decided upon your tree, it’s time to chop it down. Despite the girls very specific instructions, it appeared that every man chopper needed a boy chopper to help him some more.
and once it’s chopped down you can celebrate!!
And try not to squash your youngest child with the tree. Woops.
or maybe just make sure you’ve cut it straight. Woops!
Carting it back
Luckily, once you’re dripping with sweat and you have your tree, you are provided with a lovely cart and you can elegantly wheel it back without looking too disheveled. Or you could make the kids do it. We opted for the latter.
Now you can rejoice
You’ve paid for your tree, you’ve returned the saw and now you can rejoice that it’s ALMOST over. You just have to strap it to the car first and don’t forget the children!
Decorating the preying mantis… err what?
After all that stress and dehydration, you can finally take your tree home to decorate. But don’t forget to check for insects first!
Preying mantis found and gently deposited outside
Our Christmas preying mantis was gently relocated outside where he could lead a fulfilling life. Please be kind to wildlife. We need them more than they need us 🙂
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon 50mm 1.4