It’s that time of year again! One of my favourite stories coming out of Nova Scotia at this time of year is the Christmas tree for Boston and it’s on the move again.
The tree is a thank you to the people of Boston for the aid that was sent at the time of the Halifax explosion. I wrote a post about it here. You can read about the 2016 tree here, the NS government has a page dedicated to it here.
This year the tree is a 47 foot white spruce from Cape Breton that was cut November 15th. The tree left Halifax via truck the 17th and will arrive in Boston today, the 18th. I’d love to be at the lighting ceremony on December 1st. Bucket list item.
Delft pottery is traditional blue and white pottery made in and around Delft in the Netherlands. I’ve created some lovely little Delft-inspired ornaments which are pretty on a tree branch coated with mode podge and epsom salts.
I used oven bake clay that was rolled out flat, I pressed a mould into the surface and cut out circles with a cookie cutter. After curing in the oven I wiped the raised pattern of the hardened ornament with an indigo paint. On another version I painted the whole surface and wiped off the excess to create a tone on tone effect.
Christmas is coming and the tree is on the move! Every year the province of Nova Scotia sends a fresh evergreen tree to the city of Boston as a thank you for their help immediately after the Halifax Explosion. I wrote about the relationship between NS and Boston here last year.
As of yesterday the 2015 tree is on the way to the Boston Commons. Bill and Andrea MacEachern of Lorne, Pictou County are the donors of a 49 foot, 72 year old white spruce.
If you are in Boston on December 3rd head over to the Boston Commons for the grand tree lighting event. If you have a tree that you think would be perfect for the 2016 gift head here to find out what they look for.