Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Tree Farm...in the rain


We got our Christmas tree a couple of weeks ago, and I am just getting around to sharing the photos. I didn't want to skip it, because I love the tree farm we go to so much. It's Horton's Home Farm in Stouffville, Ontario. What I love about it is the restored log cabin on site.



What my daughter loves about it is the hot chocolate.








This is the first time I recall getting a Christmas tree in pouring rain. I like to get our tree the first weekend in December, but I wasn't feeling well then. So, we squeezed in a visit to the farm the next weekend, before my son's afternoon basketball tournament games. We grabbed some umbrellas and headed out. We almost had the farm to ourselves.


My son spotted this tree right away, but we thought we should have a look around before choosing. We ended up coming back to it. The worried look on his face is because his dad is under there cutting the tree and he has to hold it up. There was a volunteer from an Oak Ridges Moraine organization visiting the farm that day. He told us that Christmas tree farming is actually good for the environment, because the trees produce oxygen and create a habitat for animals. It's also a sustainable farming practice. So, don't worry about cutting down a tree because they are grown just for that purpose and then replaced.




I hope your holiday preparations are going well, and that you are all going to enjoy quality time with family and friends this season!


24 comments:

  1. What a lovely place to get a tree each year, so rustic.

    I am with your daughter there is nothing like a good cup of hot chocolate!

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    1. The hot chocolate definitely helps beat the cold!

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  2. Rain or not this looks like it was a fnu excursion! And the finished product looks amazing!!!

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    1. It was definitely fun, just a little more hurried than usual. Thanks!

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  3. Too bad it rained, but it still looked to have been a fun outing you'll all remember. Perhaps moreso because of the drops. Your son picked a very nice looking tree.

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    1. The rain definitely made it memorable! And he did indeed pick a good tree. He is quite particular. :)

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  4. What a great trip! ;)
    Too bad it rained but the important thing is you have a beautiful tree and a fun experience.
    We still need to head out and do this - but we keep getting surprises from grandpa (my husband's dad) that he just drops by our house with a tree (from Ikea ;))
    That will do just as well ;)
    What a perfect beautiful tree you've got there! Merry Christmas! xoxo
    Ella

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    1. We used to get our trees from Ikea when we lived at Yonge and Lawrence, Ella. And you got a coupon to buy something in the New Year too. Bonus! :)

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  5. Beautiful photos, beautiful tree! :)

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  6. Such a pretty spot, I love that cabin and 'rustic' coco set up. I think I'll go make myself a cup :)

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    1. I keep meaning to make myself some, but then I get too lazy. I like to make it from soy milk and cocoa.

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  7. I always loved cutting trees with my family as a kid- what a fun tradition. These days I pick one from a lot, but some day hope to get back to the "old fashioned" way. :) Merry Christmas!

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    1. Sometimes it's easier to pick it from a lot. I understand. :) But a tree farm is fun once in awhile.

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  8. Oh its so gorgeous!!!!!! What a fantastic tree farm {& rainy day memory to tell for years to come!}

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    1. Thanks Tabetha! I always hate to get rid of the tree in January. I so enjoy looking at it.

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  9. Beautiful photos! The tree looks gorgeous! This really makes me want to get a real tree next year :)

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    1. Hey Laurie, Thanks! Have a wonderful Christmas. :)

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  10. I'd love to visit a tree farm in winter, which is unlikely as we just buy our Christmas tree from the shop around the corner in the summertime :) It looks like a gorgeous place!

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    1. I can't even imagine summer at Christmas time. I have never even been away from home at Christmas. One year I might just go to Cuba though. ;)

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  11. Your tree looks grand!!

    It is storming here and has been for most if the day!

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    1. Thanks Jill! We had a bit of hail yesterday and some light snow today. That's it so far. It's finally cold though...not that I wanted cold. ;)

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  12. Wow, so beautiful! Thanks for sharing. The restored cabin and farm are amazing!!!! :o)

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    1. They are pretty lovely, aren't they? :)

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