We always get a Nordman fir, put it in a stand full of water & keep it topped up. They recommend cutting off the bottom inch of the trunk, to expose fresh wood which will absorb the water better, but I don't usually bother. We keep it in the dining room, where the radiator's on only at mealtimes. Always lasts a month without losing too many needles - until I take it out, when I accidentally twang the top against the door frame, and cover the whole house with them.
Years since we've had a tree but if you must get a tree now, don't bring it into the house until much nearer Xmas - most over-heated modern houses are far from the best environments for a tree, and I've not come across one yet that won't start to drop some needles, and when you do decorate it, don't overload it as the branches will bend......
The postman's just delivered my July issue of "Classic & Sportscar".
The cover picture is a beautiful blue Tipo 33 Stradale, one of the vehicles covered in a 25-page "Alfa Romeo A-Z" special feature.
(As a subscriber I get it a few days early - on sale date is June 4th)
As the response to the idea was fairly positive let's give it a go. Think of it as the Alfaowner equivalent of the 606 phone in on Radio 5.
As a starting point i'd like to mention Nemanja Vidic. He's managed to damage not just one but three knee ligaments and is out for the season and possibly...