a lot like Christmas! With our little mini Margot, Poppy, turning 3 last week and birthday party shenanigans over for another year, we could finally settle into the Christmas spirit. Where has the time gone, dear Reader? Our second country Christmas is a mere whisker of Father Christmas’ beard away and I couldn’t be more unprepared to be honest. Not a Christmas wreath or a cake steeped in ginger wine in sight this year. At this rate, our guests on Christmas Day will be tucking into cream crackers and cheese. Still, with our priorities well and truly organised, the girls and I headed out to immerse ourselves in a bit of Christmas cheer.
Dear Reader, I give you the most humongous tree (Primrose’s description…) at the wonderfully Christmassy Mottisfont, one of our favourite National Trust haunts. Christmas with the National Trust never disappoints and Mottisfont is a veritable feast for the eyes this year. The magic of the Nutcracker and the Sugar Plum Fairy is alive and well and we bounded round the house and gardens, eyes agog. Even the grinchiest adult couldn’t fail to be transformed by the sheer delight of the largest Christmas tree I’ve ever seen, a trail through the Land of Sweets and Winter Garden, finishing with meeting the Sugar Plum Fairy herself. I found myself mesmerised by that beautiful tree. Maybe, just maybe, I could squish it into my country cottage? I’m not sure even the man in the red suit could sort that logistical conundrum for me, even if he can shimmy down all those snug chimneys!
Perhaps one of the loveliest bits of our trip to Mottisfont, was the room of automata. My girls love puppets and puppets there were in abundance. Shadow puppets, automata of almost every description from the fabulously talented Cabaret Mechanical Theatre and more buttons to press than you could shake a stick at. Heaven for two small children. Poppy and Primrose are still talking about the flying machine, man in a spaghetti bath and running dog a week later. Glorious entertainment.
Feeling suitably Christmassy, we headed for a hot chocolate and large slice of cake!
Now if someone could just have Christmas all set up and ready to go at the old cottage before Christmas Eve without me having to lift a finger, that would be truly MAGICAL! Oh and I wouldn’t mind Mottisfont’s lovely tree either! I’m still waiting for that delivery……