Bill & Peg's Christmas Lane Lights Display - 2017 - Lobethal, S.A., Australia
Early in 2017 we decided that we needed to remodel our garden because the trees and shrubs were becoming too large and required too much time and effort to maintain.
Peg removed several trees and shrubs that had previously been the basis of our lights display, and we replaced them with standard deciduous varieties that would be easier to look after as we get older.
This left the garden looking rather bare and when we began setting up our display (on the first weekend in October) we decided that we would "fill in" with Maypole style light trees (similar to the ones that we had made when we first began our display back in the late 1980's) until the new plantings are more established.
This has worked quite well (although it did mean that we had to put them up, test them and sometimes change them until we felt that we had it right), we are pleased with the result.
During the year we have also been working on a new display featuring Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore.
We feel that this will be a big hit with the children this year, as we had a Pooh scene in the 1900's and the children were always attracted to it.
Another new feature this year is the screen at the entrance to the display which welcomes you to "Santa's Retreat".
We named our display Santa's Retreat many years ago, but the sign was discarded when we stopped doing the it in 2009, and we felt that now was time to reintroduce it.
We have also had to spend time working on our Nativity scene and other items which were damaged in a storm during last year's display, and are pleased that all of our regular display items will be featured again this year.
Although we have only completed about half of the display so far (Mid November)
Peg and I are pleased with the result.
We have now completed to yard displays (6th Dec.), and Peg has about 80% of the inside displays done, but we still have to put up the lights along Christmas Lane to light the way for our visitors.
The Lobethal Lights Festival is no on.
Weekend Notes has pubilished an article on our display.
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