Well, it's gone here:
And it's here courtesy of Pines and Needles and, ladies and gentleman, isn't it a beauty?
Pines and Needles was founded by brothers Josh and Sam Lyle back in 1995 when the (then) teenagers came up with the idea of filling an old horse box with Christmas trees felled from the family farm in Scotland, then making the long journey down to London to sell them. I have a wonderful mental image of a kind of kilted Del Boy and Rodney but that's probably well wide of the mark. Indeed, it is wide of the mark as the company is now among the largest and most prestigious in the UK, providing Christmas trees to many famous locations across London.
They provided us with this rather ingenious stand, too.
It's not only a stand (and a surprisingly stable one) but a pot, too, holding water the better to keep those lovely needles in tip-top condition until Christmas Day.
We don't usually have a real tree so such matters aren't usually of any concern. We have a rather splendid, realistic artificial tree and so we've got into the habit of having it up for the whole of December (and occasionally until the following February!) without worrying about its life-span. So we're hoping this stand-cum-trough does the business.
They supplied us with a rather lovely set of lights too.
All we had to do was decorate it. But they'll even do that for you too if you ask them to. Not that I did any of that myself, mind.
I have a team of little (and not-so-little) helpers to do that kind of thing...
If you'd like to order your tree from Pines and Needles then enter this code A35833R87258 and you'll not only get the tree of your choice (and they provide artificial trees as well) but a rather lovely little living tree like this one, too...