Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Turn the Lights On


The lights are on (which is more than can be said for the unfortunate residents of Rawtenstall who are in the dark at the moment) these Christmas lights are 60 years old this year, my mum bought them at the local Co-op store in 1948, I re-strung them last year you can read about it here

Vintage lights

If you are struggling to get in the festive mood I recommend you take a look at the  Christmas traditions in Denmark over on  Birgitte’s blog, I’ve really enjoyed reading about them over the last few weeks and I’ve concluded that we in the UK lack imagination in the Christmas department, the Danes know how to Christmas!

Vintage lights 2

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

11 thoughts on “Turn the Lights On

  1. I love Christmas lights, and would certainly find a space for these if I had them. I think last year I must have finally bought TOO MANY Christmas lights, because I can’t find room for them all this year. Not that my house is a ‘Christmas House’. At least, not from the outside.

    I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas, and maybe a bit of a rest. Possibly not, if you are expecting visitors. But enjoy the quiet moments when you can.

  2. Those are very cool lights – definitely worth restringing. My lights are up outside, I’ve been using bits of Christmas songs for blog post titles, my shopping is practically done, but I don’t feel very festive this year. Probably because my sons won’t be here until after Christmas. Oh well. I’ll take a look at that link, maybe it will help. 🙂

  3. I just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading your blogs and looking at your photos. Your sense of humour shines and the love of your family shine through. I love Christmas lights, too and think your re-strung lights look super. Enjoyed the links as well. May you and your family enjoy a wonderful and jolly Christmas ~

  4. Thanks for some more excellent photos!

  5. I loved this post and followed all the links. Then I had to go write about Swedish straw ornaments. Can’t let the Danes get one up on us.

    Hey, Toni – the calendar is capricious. I say Christmas begins when your sons walk in the door. And a merry one to all of you, too!

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  7. I love these. I wish they were mine.
    Nice job on the Kestrel as well.
    Merry Christmas.

  8. My Dad says he used to have candles on the christmas tree in special clip on holders.

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