The start of ever Christmas season is the Christmas Tree, I generally start going on about getting one in early November, which I know is too soon for a real one, but I annoy my husband all the same. We normally get our real Christmas tree the second weekend in December, in the past my husband has used many reasons for the wait, the cats, who FYI have never pulled down our tree, stolen a few ornaments but that’s all, then the dog, which did lead to one Christmas with a crappy fake one, which I’ve kind of never really forgiven them both for, and even just too busy, seriously who is ever too busy to pick out a Christmas tree!!!
This year, I’ve either really wore him down or my husband is totally feeling in the Christmas spirit as he let me go and get not one, but two Christmas trees this year on December 2, yep, you read that right, we went and picked out our wonder trees this weekend, and it was glorious, and a little rainy, but hey, who cares about rain when you get to string lights, place baubles and sing Christmas tunes while you decorate.
I’ve always had this Americanised view of Christmas, I think it is all those festive flicks I love watching, and I love how in the movies they always go to a Christmas tree farm, trek into a huge woods to find the perfect tree and then cut it down themselves. So, of course, I’ve wanted that, the joy of finding that one perfect tree, or in our case, two, drinking hot chocolate and then lugging it back to the car, while the snow falls. OK, I know, I totally live in a fantasy world.
Over the years I’ve investigated getting our own Christmas tree plot in Scotland, yep that’s a thing, but it really is a long drive to cut down a tree each year, but moving to Kent has meant we are quite close to a number of Christmas tree farms, and this year I found Sussex Trees Northdown Plantation in East Sussex, which has over 40,000 trees growing on site that you can pick your own, and even cut it down if you want.
This place was magical, so many gorgeous trees, and it was so nice to have Falcon in tow to make it a proper family outing, even if he was more interested in everyone else looking for their trees to pose for a picture or two, so no family portrait for us. OK, so there wasn’t snow, instead we had very British rain, and it wasn’t a forest, more like lines and lines of trees, but it was so much fun, and the smell was amazing, the mud not so much, but hey nothing gets in the way of Christmas joy.
It was also perfect heading home with the Christmas tunes blaring, that Michael Bublé really knows how to get everyone feeling festive. I promise a proper reveal our of trees next week, I’m planning a Northern Lights inspired tree for our snug, as our big present this year is going to be a telescope, so I thought it was fitting, so think blues, white, silver and lots of nordic touches. While our second tree, which is heading to our bedroom, is going to be a little bit more fun, I think I’m going to fill it with our favourites and memories, as I really do have a story behind most of our decorations and it makes me so happy each festive season recalling that joy.
Have you got your Christmas tree up and decorated yet?
Testing the 30mm Macro lens
I also used the opportunity, that gorgeous backdrop, as an excuse to do my very best, most awkward outfit posing, to test out the M.Zuiko 30mm f.3.5 Marco lens that Olympus kindly gifted me to help with my photography. This lens is great for portraits as well as capturing those detailed close-ups such as jewellery (which I will share with you in another blog post), cute shoefies or even a bunch of flowers.
I’ve been looking for a macro lens to shoot close up for a while and I just adore the soft bokeh, sharp image quality and how compact it is – my only tip would be when doing super close up, use a tripod and put the shutter release on self-timer or use the remote function in the app – to avoid shaking the camera when you press the button.
I got a lot of response to my review of this lens on Instagram stories, FYI follow me here, and I’m trying to think about how to do more photography tips on here, but until then, for getting the most out of the 30mm lens and your Olympus Pen you have to check out Stylonylon, Julia is an amazing photographer and really knows her stuff and this blog is perfect to find out more about what you can achieve with the lens.
If you like the look of this 30mm lens and have been thinking about investing in an Olympus Pen, the new Olympus E-PL9, has a great offer on until the end of December that you can claim a free 30mm f3.5 lens worth £249, which is an amazing deal, as it is a great addition to the 14-42mm kit lens.