"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Deck The Hall…


My son and his beautiful new wife are soon to arrive.

The house must be ready to welcome them – in its sparkling Christmas livery.

The staff have been feverishly busy, ensuring all is as it should be.

On Monday their attention turned to our Christmas tree.



purchased the tree from London, some time back, during the height of summer. And, as serendipity would have it, in the bemused company of both my sons and their partners.

The tree is not small; measuring two metres (seven foot) once assembled. Its weight is considerable: transporting the tree to India cost more, in excess baggage fees, than the original price. With all the traditional paraphernalia of Christmas, it lies boxed up for most of the year, in the roof terrace store-room.

Setting it up is a major task; positively daunting. But fortunately the staff will help me.


Who am I kidding?

They do all the work.

I supervise from my rocking chair, with a cool glass of something in my hand!


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9 responses

  1. Eggnog, perhaps?!

    It turned out beautifully.

    December 15, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    • Eggnog doesn’t quite hit the spot – once the temperature has hit 90 F. (!)

      December 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm

  2. Ours is in the garage in a bucket of water, waiting for the staff to set it up. Has all the decorating finished?

    December 15, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    • The interior painting is finished. Exterior has been delayed until February, as the monsoon was so prolonged.
      Christmas decorations are well underway. Apart from the Christmas tree, the roof “battlements” have been festooned with lights, and the shrubs and trees in the front yard are similarly twinkling. A Christmas star shines from the upper balcony.
      That just leaves the nativity set and a few restrained strands of tinsel – all in the best possible taste – of course!

      December 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm

  3. Will you be seeing to the tinsel yourself? (It’s quite light.) I am in joyful and flippant mood. Ignore me.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    • Last year I seem to remember draping the first piece of tinsel myself. I’ve always tried to do my bit.
      The staff quickly picked up on my artistic nuance. They fanned out through the house, bringing Christmas cheer to pictures on the wall, light fittings and larger items of furniture.
      It’s very much a team effort…

      December 16, 2010 at 7:16 am

  4. Loz

    we’re looking forward to seeing you and the tree in a few days. and to trying all those kerala breakfast recipes.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:22 am

    • You’ll only be getting corn flakes and a jam sandwich. And that’s an end to the matter!
      Poor Dalila has been practising for weeks…

      December 16, 2010 at 8:32 am

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