Done Brown

My Redneck Christmas tree, an annual fixture on the Creek for a few years has been challenged by a monstrous interloper.  Under cover of darkness, my neighbor, all six feet two of her, has erected a twelve feet tall ILLUMINATED inflatable Santa on the end of her dock.  Here they are mocking  my delicate and tasteful annual Christmas exhibit.

What is Christmas coming to.

Author: Low Wattage

Expat Welshman, educated (somewhat) in UK, left before it became fashionable to do so. Now a U.S. Citizen, and recent widower, playing with retirement and house remodeling, living in Delaware and rural Maryland (weekends).

30 thoughts on “Done Brown”

  1. BB gun?
    God how I hate such things, one of the reasons I live in the middle of nowhere! Cannot stand the vulgar excrescences of the overenthusiastic!
    Can’t see anyone’s house from here thank God! All obscured by trees. Fortunately all the neighbours round here think alike. The people behind us bought 140 acres of the mountain behind them just to have privacy, a bit extreme even by my standards!
    Mind you, you haven’t a leg to stand on putting up that crap on your dock! Shouldn’t have started it! You ought to know by now that the Yanks don’t ‘DO’ irony!!

  2. I’m starting to like it, shame it’s not musical, some are. It normally lays on the dock like a giant multicolored condom all day until darkness falls then it slowly inflates like a politician’s ego and finally lights up, a splash of bright colour against the darkness of the creek, it scares the cats every time.

  3. Happy Christmas, LW.

    It just shows, you can get used to anything. 😉

    I hate to say this, but I’d almost welcome snow at the moment, in moderation of course. I’m slightly fed up with floods and never bloody ending rain!

  4. Happy Christmas Ara and Bilby and best wishes for better weather. The rain in the west country has been truly awful, my sister is thinking of emigrating ( maybe Scotland?). This is the first snow for us this year.

    Bilbs: It’s my neighbor’s dock, the 12 foot Santa and the gift wrapped boat are hers, I just get to look at them. 🙂

  5. Were it musical I think a drive by shooting could/should/would be condoned…………………………..
    Do they have float by shootings?

    LW #6 v. amusing and so very festive!

  6. Howzit LW

    Pleased to see that the bakkie isn’t draped, ready for business as all good workhorses should be 😉

    “Done Brown” – that had me puzzled, they say that you learn something new everyday and today’s certainly no exception!

    I like the Santa, will she be adding reindeer and elves next year? 😉

    Did you know that the energy used on Christmas decorations alone in The States this year would power the entire African continent for 12 months?

    (Okay, I made that last bit up, Merry Christmas)

    … 🙂 …

  7. Merry Christmas to all!

    I’ll agree that the huge Santa is pretty hideous – but I think it’s great that so many people take the time to decorate their homes. 🙂

  8. Boadicea – All the best to you and Bearsy. We’re having a fine lunch tomorrow as the NSW is on duty today and is bimbelling around the nursing home in scrubs and a Santa hat, which is probably worth a piccie or two in itself. I shall have some Fizz in the fridge for her arrival late tonight and perhaps some chilli prawns and a garlic butter loaf to mop up the juices and hot olive oil.

    Greetings to cherished colleagues too.


  9. Here it is pouring hard, hasn’t stopped since yesterday eveinng, pond and lawn are one. So no walk in the woods nor a cycle.
    I will have to console myself with a real ale. Shame 🙂

    Happy Christmas to you all and I’ll soon by having my stuffed squid starter, followed by partridge, then I will sucumb to a bit of Christmas pudding with ice cream. As I am the only one that eats Christmas pu I’ll finish it for breakfast with greek yoghurt.

  10. Merry Christmas Soutie: Early here, the snow turned wet overnight so business as usual today.

    I had to look “Done Brown” up on Google I knew I had heard it here but was not sure it was used in other places, lots of cooking sayings meaning about the same thing “Cooked his Goose” etc. learn stuff every day. Knowing my neighbour she will have an army of lighted figures growing by the year, it is an arms race now as Mrs. O said.

  11. Rick: Merry Christmas to you and your family. Snow became rain overnight here, probably for the best as we are “visiting” today. That’s a serious breakfast you are talking there, squid, partridge and Christmas pud, I stuck with eggs and bacon here, need the energy to manage the “visiting”.

  12. LW – Nurses party hard at the best of times and this lot particularly so. The karaoke was a sight to behold if not to hear, but I do not think cherished colleagues would particularly benefit from any photographic revelations. All the best to you too, yours and the scary neighbour.

    Good looking shed, by the way. 🙂


  13. A belated Christmas wish to you all from here on the West coast.
    No idea what we will eat for xmas dinner, the joy of going out to dinner where three chefs are cooking!
    But it is never turkey!
    Starters are done by Herb’s nephew who is head chef of one of the big hotels in Vancouver.
    Herb does the main course, generally some wonderful tournant treatment of an aged fillet of beef.
    Puds by me, this year xmas pud of course (home made) brandy butter and hot rum sauce.
    Oranges in caramel and Cointreau.
    Chocolate mocha roulade with Tia Maria, filled with cream and pecans and covered by the most decadent chocolate ganache you ever did taste. (I’ve had that brewing for three days to achieve the perfect consistency.
    We need an estate car to drag it all over to their house.
    The restaurants are closed today, when you’re the boss you can close any damned day you like!

    LW treat yourself to that festive BB gun, sounds like you are going to need it! If I hear of a festive shooting in Maryland I’ll know what happened!

    Have a good one y’all.

  14. Well it’s almost over here…

    Christmas Eve was dedicated to daughter no 1 and ‘new’ husband. My ‘turn’ to cook – so I kept it very, very simple! I like my food, but I don’t enjoy it if I have to spend hours in the kitchen beforehand – least of all when its 39+ outside! Don’t read this Christina! Pre-cooked duck breasts (easily tarted up!) with roast potatoes, parsnips and fennel. The vegetables cost more than the duck… Australian shops sure know how to ‘cash-in’ on celebrations.

    Christmas Day, having declined the offer to go to no 1’s husband’s family (all way too noisy and frenetic), we went out for lunch… which actually cost us far less than the Christmas Eve dinner. The main attraction was that it was a five minute drive away – it was excellent! I thoroughly enjoyed eating a well cooked meal without any hassle. 🙂

  15. Sipu: Despite my rather tarni(shed) reputation, and having been several time bani(shed) thereto, I am unable at this time to shed any light on your assertion.

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