Saturday (12/21/2013) was winter solstice, but the daytime temperature soared as high as 12°C/54°F and mostly sunny in the Boston area. We had to take this gift and go hiking! As a matter of fact, I got myself a pair of new winter boots recently, and have been itching to try them out in the snow-covered trails.
As usual, we grubbed some sandwiches and tea, and drove to Weir Hill Reservation, one of the Trustees of Massachusetts places. This is the third time to hike up Weir Hill since early November this year. Lately, we just can’t seem to get enough of the place. It is gorgeous.
Approaching the hill top, I saw a pine branch lying on the snowy ground. I picked it up before I could rationalize doing so. It looked too pretty to leave it behind, so I decided to take it home.
Walking in the fresh snow resembles walking in the sand at beaches. Each step felt like such a good exercise for the legs! It felt good.
When you’re feeling good, good things just seem to take place on their own. I was subconsciously collecting more fallen pine branches along the trails before I knew why. Then I had a light-bulb moment.
Why don’t I make a holiday wreath with these?! I picked up as much as one hand can carry, which I later found out to be just enough for a small wreath.
It took me a good couple of hours to make a wreath. I’ve used a circular wire frame which used to belong to a lampshade. The saps from the branches made my hands sticky, but its sweet aroma was enchanting.
A simple and rustic (and slightly Charlie Brown like) holiday wreath, is it not? My first fresh handmade wreath! Well, I love it so much better than the fake Christmas wreath for sure! (I don’t think I can ever go back to plastic ones… lol)
Oh, by the way, here’s a picture from an early November hike, that got us hooked to Weir Hill.
Wishing you all a joyful holiday season!
I’m hoping for a warm New Year… (not too warm to cause the global climate crisis though ^_-)
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