Jim’s wife and daughters are gathered at the window, excitedly awaiting his arrival. They’ve been popping popcorn in the fireplace to make garlands for the tree.
I had intended to incorporate this old Preiser farm wagon into the town after Christmas, but it seemed a natural to use it for bringing home the tree. I bound the tree with cross stitch thread, and gave Jim red mittens.
I’m always looking for details to add dimension to the photographs of Oak Valley. I added a small plaza to the back of the courthouse, allowing more room for the audience to gather for Christmas carols. I’m debating a small hedge, or small plants, around the plaza. I also added a statue to the park for a little more interest. The children love climbing on it!
I took this a couple of months ago but never posted it. I like the quiet winter morning view of the shoppers and various activities.
This is a very odd couple of drivers, but I hadn’t previously shown this carriage scene at the intersection of Pine and Main Streets.
I took the first photo in very low light (rainy day) with the village lights on, and the other with a combination of artificial lighting to look more like bright daylight. This is a Woodland Scenics group, and I had to work on the clothing of the shoe shiners to make them fit with a vintage theme. I wish the detail on the shoe shine box showed more in the photo, because it’s really nicely detailed with brass foot rests. I don’t know if it shows in the photos, but the customer on the right is holding a cup of coffee. Nice touch!
Peace on Earth and Good Will To Men. I couldn’t resist these last evening photographs on Christmas Eve. I had the oil painting decades before the Christmas village, but always thought they looked lovely together. On Christmas Day a new group of people will move to Oak Valley, so check back on December 25th!