Into the weekend, only 13 more driving days to the Christmas break, and the last of the outside displays MUST get finished before Winter arrives in all it’s glory!

We have had yet another nonsense visit from the “woman” at the Chamber of Commerce who truly does NOT have a clue when it comes to organizing the Christmas Lights Competition. After last year’s debacle she was going to do the same thing again having annoyed everybody in the town by letting the kids from the High School be the judges !!!!  Personally if that is the case I would rather have nothing to do with it .

What’s left to do? Well the Maple Tree needs to be trimmed to give me access to get cables and lights up and running, the leaves from said tree need the “blower” treatment to reveal the gold colored “wake” rocks, Goofy needs a bit of “Velcro” on his tummy as the high winds swept him overboard last year.

On Scuffy the boat, hooks along the side need Brenda’s touch while I need to construct shelving for “Santa’s Presents” and all the moving Santakins  who work that section.

Two NEW movers are here and  while old Santa drives the boat Santa Jnr and his NEW wife are learning their trade as this year’s helpers (his wife is excellent on gingerbread men!)

As the week got underway, the New Arrivals of Santa Jnr & Wife were delivered and de-boxed only to be replaced by a “Blackcat”


Very pleased with these two


Yes, Midnight is in the box!

Brenda’s birthday arrived on Tuesday and her mini gifts all made it along with a repeat (at her request) of the Chocolate Ganache that we had for our wedding anniversary.


We arrived at the weekend with Scuffy and the Maple Tree still to do and more festive work in the office and yoga room.

Upstairs the dec boxes are put back in the loft and all the Maple Tree and Scuffy boxes are wheel barrowed over to the corner of the lawn. All 3 ladders surround the tree.



New shoots and unwanted branches are cut back, and after a serious senior moment when the leaf blower refused to work and the master decorator was at his wits end, a bright bulb lit up the east as I remembered the circuits I was plugged into were on timers!!…. and of course they were in the OFF position!

The leaves were blown away, Goofy got the Velcro touch, and yet more checking of lights. With 3 ladders on the go a fair number of ornaments and lights were secured in the tree but by nightfall there was still a lot to do.

Monday and the bitter cold is here. I don’t mind the cold but the wind chills me to the very marrow. One hour is spent searching for the wire cutters and I eventually find them UNDER one of the red boxes ……. don’t ask!

Not enough progress this morning and this manifests itself over night as after 4 hours I’m wide awake and can’t get back to sleep as these bloody decorations are now stressing me out.

Now 0520 Tuesday morning and hopefully although cold at 16F with any luck I might get the maple tree finished this morning. Close but no cigar, the temp continued going down and by the time I got to work it was down to 9F and only 18F on the way home. Some good progress this morning and I finish up with only one string of meteor lights left to put up before connecting all the cables.

Now I suddenly have a cold and now I can’t sleep, never mind I need to get these lights finished!!! Back from the morning runs and I get the last string of lights up and now start linking up the  connectors  in the hope everything will work as planned.


The high winds are a nightmare for the outside decs but no major disasters so far.  Cables are connected and all the lights checked one more time to make sure they are plugged in to something … anything! ……. final tests look good and only one string of meteor lights may not be working.

Home at 1800, wind still vicious, but the lights look good other than the suspect line. Firewood chopped, dogs walked and time for a Hallmark movie.


The Maple Tree has now officially joined the 2017 display so now I’m left with Scuffy, the Lazer light show in the trees, a couple of extra spot lights to find …… and maybe that little something extra for the Cozy Comfort sign area and Waterfalls ?

The winds were horrendous overnight and 3 sets of step ladders have been blown over. Warmer this morning and a lot less windy so time to get out there and attempt to fix that last string of meteor lights. There were 3 sets of 8 lights and I had to fit a plug on each set of 8 rather than have a continuous string. Its done! Scuffy tomorrow.

Pool on Saturday afternoon and 24 players and I win my way through the first 4 rounds so I’m back in the money and finish in a respectable 3rd.

Sunday and its Scuffy time and a lot of work gets done but the task is not finished although I do get the extra spotlights set up along with the Laser lights for the big trees.


New spots


Lasers in

Back from the morning runs and now only 7.5 driving days to go! Coffee and dogs first then out to the boat and start wiring up. Wire all the gifts in, now the 4 Santakins, fit Darth in place and connect the 2 new Santa and Mrs Claus along with the 3 spotlights. First sets of red lights around the hull.


Crew ready to embark


Music while I work


First sets of reds in

Tuesday, and I’m too tired to do anything! I will perhaps take a few daylight shots of what is done so far.

Wednesday and another sleepless night and nothing gets done so I now have to see a Doctor on Thursday.

Thursday and after the Doctor’s visit yet more antibiotics and some mucus remover!

Friday, a much nicer day and I’m back on the task. A major round of repairs after another very windy night. Some stabilizers for the “Santas” and now more hooks on the hull and the red and white lights are finished and once again I’m out of time. A couple of visits from a school girl and the local sheriff who says he parks his car opposite the display to catch speeders and enjoy all the lights.

Back home from the afternoon run at 6 p.m. only to find some idiot has driven over the corner of the lawn and collided with the huge rockery stone and nearly destroyed the Lasers! More repairs for Saturday morning!!!


Can you believe it ?  A clown with a travel trailer tries to turn in front of the house!!!   Yes, he was caught on the security cam

Last items to add for today are the front blue water lights, the rear yellow wake lights on the gold rocks and a last collection of Darth and the “blue” cherry tree and the LED’s around the Cozy sign. Then it will just be minor details outside and my office garland downstairs.

Work begins, and I WILL finish everything by Sunday! My starter for 10 is to repair the damage caused by the idiot with the travel trailer, some people should NOT be allowed behind the wheel of anything.


Bloody halfwit !


All repaired


Laser Cabins built

Repairs complete, and  time for the Laser Cabins to keep the snow out. Now onto final wiring for Scuffy with warm white lights up the wake and 4 sets of blue water lights on the rocks with a shimmering effect.


Wake lights on the gold rocks


Blue lights down the starboard


Bit more water on the port



Last checks on the Crew

Wiring complete, and time for Saturday pool. 19 players today and I battle my way through with 5 wins to the final and a guaranteed 2nd place or better. 2 very good games in the final but I lose both and end up in 2nd position again.

Well its Sunday night and I’m done!  Yes, it only took 4 weeks to do and I’m pleased with the overall result. Next article will reveal all the lights in their glory.




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