CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FINAL!

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Well done!

The longest, and at times, most frustrating year for putting up Christmas lights there has ever been! It all starts before the other holiday of Thanksgiving.  Yours truly,  with several reminders from Mrs Claus, gets a head start rewiring the 2 major decs for the balcony with some stronger brighter lights on the Angel and Reindeer. That takes a complete day with 300 lights cable tied onto the originals.

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Reindeer done!

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Angel rewired

Two of the Shooting stars need the same treatment but persistence pays off and they are ready. Other sets are beyond reasonable repair time and are junked before my patience has expired.

With Thanksgiving done all the Christmas goodies in the loft are brought down and now Brenda can’t get the expensive Balsam farms tree to light up and after a couple of days and a few SNOTOGRAMS she rips off all the lights and puts 1200 new ones on!

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I think it looks better

Initially outside goes well with layout and design and I seem to have things under control but then along comes another little cold and I’m feeling pretty poorly. The weather doesn’t help as temps drop and the winds get stronger but eventually it all comes together and the power comes on.

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Classic “Christmas Vacation”

Be careful with the overseas sourced lights!

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Need to check the “font” before selling to English speaking nations

However we press on and after 4 weeks, a load of cables, strings of lights, and some new features, I’m ready for the nighttime pictures

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The Maple in sunlight

Time to send out the cameraman on a dark December night ………. and we start at the Maple ……..

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Many hours up here!

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moving on

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Santa and crew fire up Scuffy and the golden wake starts at the base of the Maple

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Team Santakins in Economy while the Santas are in 1st Class

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With hand on the throttle, Santa powers away from the dock while the Center Bed looks on

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Bye Santa, see you Christmas Eve

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The lighthouse in center picture is the Rose Bed

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Time for a distant look at the house

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The ever popular Shooting Stars

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……. and some green laser lighting

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The Center Bed

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…… a bit more detail

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Another new Santa and a Darth Vader

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and now some new stuff

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The Reindeer enclosure with the NEW blue Cherry Tree …… and she likes it!!

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…….. and for the first time some lights on the Cozy sign

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adds some balance to the front beds

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Worth another look

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So this is 2017 without the snow ……… but SHE has started  the well proven “Snow Dance” …… and the fire burns “blue” again …….. and true to form tonight and tomorrow  we are forecast for 4″ !!!

TONY DOWN

 

 

 

 

 

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