On my favourite morning walk, through the woods by the river, stands a small spruce tree overshadowed by the larger beech trees that surround it. But at this time of year, the tree is decorated with colourful baubles, chocolate coins and glittering tinsel. It always brings a smile to my face, especially on a crisp winter's morning when the low light catches the sparkling decorations. I've often wondered who the secret tree decorator is.
A few weeks ago, for Raffy's shoot, we went on that walk, and stopped at the spruce for a few decorating tree shots. It was a quiet Sunday morning, there just a few dog walkers around. As I was taking photos, I sensed somebody behind us watching. I turned round to be greeted with a big beaming smile. Jean introduced herself as the secret tree decorator, she radiated warmth. She stood for a few moments and watched Raffy carefully placing the baubles over the needles. And then off she walked further into the woods. We stopped and drank hot chocolate as the sun rose further into the sky. If you ever come across the little spruce, maybe there'll be a chocolate coin there waiting for you!