We have made a lot of changes over the last few years for a number of reasons, many because of the change of lifestyle required by our decision for me to stay home and mind the farm. Many because of our desire to lessen our ‘footprint’ on the world. And of course you can’t discount the difference emigrating makes!
There are the decisions like giving up satellite TV, which at the time seemed so brutal, but which has proved to be not such a big deal, and in fact quite a blessing. But at this time of year it is harder. There are days when I wish we could go back to being the clueless people who could afford to buy Christmas gifts, and who could stop in McD’s after a shopping trip.
I will be baking as is my normal routine, sorry I can’t share details with you as I can’t be sure which friends/family might visit here. I always worry about how my baked gift baskets will be received, but I hope they all realize the love and time that goes into them.
The baked goods gift baskets don’t work for us to give each other though, and the practical things we could justify spending money on simply weren’t the kind of thing you would be excited to unwrap on Christmas morning. But whats better than presents under the tree? Trees that are presents!
Then I read a post from a local blogger about The Green Barn Nursery. After I had finished my laps of the kitchen doing my happy dance, I explained to Steve – who I think was about ready to have me committed – how I had found out about this tree ‘breeder’ in Montreal from which I would be able to get a lemon tree!
For those not in the know I have been wanting a lemon tree for ages but even after emailing local nurseries had gotten no closer to figuring out where to get one! And even better they also have Satsuma trees and Olive trees, and they are only in Montreal!
Fortunately we both owe each other birthday presents and with Christmas presents and of course next years anniversary present! The difficulty is going to be choosing which ones as so far I have only properly looked through the citrus and apple section and already have a ‘short’ list of seven!
I wonder if they would do gift certificates as family in England are always asking what they should get us!