Decking the Halls at Elizabeth Farm
Put them out too soon, and everything will be disappointingly dry and faded on the big day. Hold off for too long, and not so many of your friends and family will get to enjoy the lovely festive atmosphere you’ve created.
We took the plunge at Elizabeth Farm at the end of last week, bringing the outside in to deck the halls, not with boughs of holly, but with a handmade wreath of Chinese elm (one of the oldest trees on the property), branches of hoop pine, and sprigs of Christmas bush. As Elizabeth Farm predates the Victorian tradition of the Christmas Tree, our fresh decorations adorn doors and mantelpieces, and make use of Australia’s abundant evergreen foliage, just as the early colonists would have done, translating their own Christmas traditions to a new and unfamiliar environment.
Another traditional Christmas decoration revived at Elizabeth Farm is the making of pomanders; oranges, studded with fragrant cloves and decorated with ribbon. We’ve got one finished pomander nestled amongst the hoop pine on the Dining Room mantelpiece, but we need your help to make more!
Why not pay a visit to Elizabeth Farm before Christmas, enjoy the atmosphere and our decorations, and have a hand in adding to them. With spikey, fiddly cloves, it’s good festive fun and smells great, but every little bit helps!
Elizabeth Farm is open Wednesday to Sunday until 3rd January, and then every day until 28 January.
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Home is where the hearth isThursday 3 August 2017
There’s nothing like the sound of a crackling fire or the smoky aroma of burning wood to keep winter’s frost at bay. With only a few weeks left of winter’s cold embrace we’ve asked two of our curators to shed some light on the humble (and not so humble) fireplaces at Elizabeth Farm and Elizabeth Bay House.