I’d like to begin this post by telling you that it’s snowing outside right now. I’m starting to wonder about this coming season. Last year, we didn’t get all too much snow, but this year, we’ve gotten our fair share, considering it’s just the beginning of December. Looking out the window gives me hope for a snowy 2016/2017 winter.
We’re only supposed to get 1-3 inches, but that’s a good start.
Yesterday was a beautiful day. The sun was shining and the temperature was around 32 degrees. Since we had such good weather, Laura suggested that we drive up to Kingfield to cut a Christmas tree. I agreed that since things were in our favor, we should jump at the chance. Variables can change quickly and I didn’t want to have things put off because of bad weather, the farm running out of trees or some other weird situation. So off we went.
A year or two ago, as we were driving around exploring, Laura and I passed by a really great looking Christmas tree farm. It’s called McClure’s and it’s situated in a beautiful valley about a mile west of the village of Kingfield. Since the farm wasn’t very far away from where we live and since it looked like there were many very full and healthy trees, I tucked the location away in the back of my mind until just a few days ago. Of course, we couldn’t visit last season because we found a Christmas tree in a parking lot for only $10. This year though, we thought it would be fun to visit a real place to cut our own tree. Luckily, we took some nice photos to give you an idea of what I’m talking about here. I’ll just run through the photos in this post.
Upon arriving, I asked Laura to snap a photo of me for posterity’s sake. Even though there isn’t a lot going on, it does give you an indication of how rugged I can look with a small saw in my hand. It also shows you how mean looking my truck really is.
After that, I asked for the camera back and I took a shot of some of the trees across the street from where we parked. Please excuse the phone wires. I hate phone wires in pictures, but unfortunately they exist.
As I mentioned above, the farm has some really good looking trees. I snapped a few photos for you.
As we walked around a bit, we decided on a nice little Fraser Fir.
The tree was only about six and a half feet tall, but it was full and almost perfect for us. With that in mind, I began cutting.
After a minute or so, I was done.
When we were finished, I hauled the tree across the street, tossed it in the back of the truck and paid $26. The 6-foot trees cost $20 and the 7-foot ones cost $26. There are smaller and larger sized trees available, but these are the only two sizes I asked about.
It was a fairly quick visit. Since it was so quick, we walked around for a little while. I thought it would be a good idea to take a few more photos of some of the pre-cut trees. This farm offers three types; Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir and Blue Spruce. The firs are nice, but we avoid Blue Spruce. The needles are very sharp. We learned that lesson a long time ago.
Anyway, here are the other pictures of the pre-cut trees.
As we were leaving the area of the farm, we entered Kingfield. I suggested that we get some lunch at Longfellow’s, our favorite restaurant. We parked and hopped out of the truck.
I happened to snap this really cool photo of the front of the Herbert Grand Hotel.
And then one of some old doors that lead into part of the same hotel.
Then, I turned to the left and grabbed a picture of Longfellow’s itself. There were no cars in the way, so it was the perfect time to do this.
You remember Longfellow’s. I talked about it in my walking tour of Kingfield post.
Kingfield always decorates very tastefully. Even the windows in front of the restaurant had decorations on them. It puts me in the Christmas spirit, and that’s tough to do, for I am a very grumpy person.
We went in the restaurant, had a nice lunch and left. After that, we decided to visit the High Peaks Artisan Guild that sits right next door. The last time we were up there, it was closed. Yesterday, it was open and ready for us.
Now, this is one cool gallery. It sells antiques, photography, sweaters made by a woman from town, furniture and many more things. It’s like a small adventure. In case you were wondering, I took a few photos of this too. I had my small spy camera on hand, so no one saw me. Not that they care, I’m sure.
This next photo is of a dental chest. It’s one of the most interesting pieces of furniture I’ve ever seen. Tons of small drawers and shelves. It’s in great shape too. It’s currently going for $3000.
I told you it was a nice place. We’re definitely going to go for another visit the next time we’re in town.
To wrap up this post, I’ll show you a few photos of our decorated Christmas tree. I stood it up and secured it and Laura decorated it. We have to make sure the decorations are far enough from the floor that the cats don’t get to them. Cats are very mischievous little creatures and get themselves into trouble when people aren’t looking.