Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Christmas Tree Farm


The Christmas tree farm has to be one of my favourite places on earth. So much so that on this last visit I briefly considered giving up our home and buying a property like the one the tree farm sits on. They have a little lake behind their home that's dotted with canoes and surrounded by a forest. Tempting.

But, for the moment, I'll just hang onto these photos from our recent visit to Horton Tree Farms. We go to the home farm every year for our Christmas tree. People have told me of fancier places with Christmas goods for sale, but I like the search for the perfect tree to be free of consumerism (except for paying for the tree of course!).


Horton's home farm has a lovely little rustic restored log cabin with a tiny museum up a set of rickety steps. There's a big pot of hot chocolate on the first floor of the building, a bonfire raging in the fire pit and free hayrides to take you into the depths of the farm. And then there are the trees of course.


The weather was mild on the day of our visit - not a snowflake in sight. I prefer a light dusting of snow on the ground while hunting for a Christmas tree, but I can't be too picky. At least we weren't freezing.


The newest member of our family, Ace the Beagle/Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mix, came along to the tree farm. It was so much fun having him with us. He has a joyful little personality. We have always wanted to bring Jolene (the Beagle/Brittany Spaniel mix) with us, but she goes crazy when she sees other dogs. I mean that girl turns heads. She sounds ferocious. We definitely felt some guilt leaving her behind while taking another dog along though.





My little girl doesn't need glasses. I think she just likes to look like Mom. And speaking of mini-me's, check out the boys - matching expressions...and they even sit the same.






I'm missing the tree farm already. We'll have to head out there for maple syrup season in the spring.

Do you get your tree at a tree farm (or perhaps in the Ikea parking lot like we used to do before we had kids)?





14 comments:

  1. That picture of the kids inside having hot chocolate is sweet but that face on my new canine nephew is ADORBS

    Love you

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    1. He is pretty adorable, isn't he? ;) Jo

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  2. What a beautiful spot for a family tradition!!

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  3. What a fun day! I'm sure your kids will always remember this tradition fondly. I've never gotten my tree at a tree farm, but I would enjoy that someday. We're going treeless this year since our 6 month old kitten doesn't have much in the way of impulse control yet. :)

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    1. I sure hope the kids do remember the visits fondly. :) I understand your concern about your kitten. Our doggie, Ace, chews things sometimes. We hung the ornaments a bit high, but we still keep an eye on him. ;)

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  4. I love it! I'd move there and be your neighbor, Jo! Your little girlie is looking like a future model. Love that fresh face of hers! Happy Christmas!

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    1. Yes, let's be neighbours Kelli! Thanks - she talks about being an actress now...but we'll see... ;) Happy Christmas to you too!!

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  5. Great photos as always :) That sounds like a great tradition for the family

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes, it's lots of fun!

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  6. fantastic photos! What a great sounding place, unfortunately nothing like that here seeing as it's summer :)

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    1. Thank you! Aw, summer...that sounds so lovely as I look out the fog...

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