|One of the boxwood shrubs|
on our property at Darlington
We've been rather preoccupied with other things this season at Darlington House. Unlike our neighbors, we haven't (yet) put up lights outside or raised (yet alone even cut and bought) a Christmas tree. We have put out a footed bowl of vintage ornaments, but so far that's it.
|Boy Fenwick, preparing to harvest boxwood|
for our Christmas wreath
On Sunday, Boy decided that something must be done, and took matters into his own hands to raise the Christmas Spirit at our house. Just as he did so two years ago, Boy decided to make a wreath from the evergreens on our property for our front door.
|Little bundles of boxwood|
ready for attaching to the wreath form
He cut sprigs of boxwood from one of the hedges, bound them in little bundles with floral wire, and fastened them to a wreath form that was left over from a previous Christmas.
|The finished wreath in our gardening barn,|
ready to hang on our front door
That little bulldog head you see on the wall above the completed wreath? That's a cast-iron bottle opener in the form of a bulldog's face, puchased in honor of my alma mater, Yale. Boola-boola!
|The freshly made boxwood wreath,|
hanging on our front door
What a pretty wreath Boy has made for our front door at Darlington House this year! We're going to leave it just as it is, with narry a ribbon or ornament upon it.
We like its unadorned simplicity, naturalness, and purity.
Merry Christmas, Dear Reader.
Photographs by Reggie Darling and Boy Fenwick