Christmas starts early to put up dazzling display
FORGET decking the halls with boughs of holly!
For Sylvia Pope has a more tasking job to do before Christmas.
Every year the 69-year-old grandmother spends the weeks from September onwards decorating her Morriston home.
But we are not talking about flashing fairylights, giant snowmen, or a Father Christmas sticking out of chimney here.
Sylvia's home is more unbelieve-bauble than that!
With 1,750 decorative Christmas baubles to pin up, it is no wonder Sylvia, of Heol Cefni, likes to be prepared.
The sparkling ornaments, some of which cost more than £14 each — come from places as far away as Egypt and New York.
"I love them and everyone smiles when they see how many I have hanging above my living room," she says
"I began collecting Christmas baubles back in 1999 and I now have more than 1,750.
"I started in September and now they are nearly all up. Although it is hard not to get tempted to buy more once I have done the display, I try to leave a bit of space for any new additions I may find on my travels."
Sylvia started collecting Christmas baubles back in 1999 and her bauble haven includes a London red bus, a New York taxi, aeroplanes, an old-fashioned telephone, helicopters, and even a can of Coke.
"I've got all of the Seven Dwarfs up there. I've got a cup cake with Father Christmas on top, along with the wolf from Red Riding Hood, candy sticks and champagne.
"I haven't really got a favourite but the most unusual are probably the Empire State Building or Yankee Stadium."
Every March — when Sylvia takes the glittering baubles down — she has to redecorate the ceiling.
"The only downside is that they get very dusty and when I take them down I have so many holes in my ceiling I have to re-paint it.
"But I love collecting baubles which are a bit different. Some people bring them back from their holidays for me and some have many memories.
"The photographs don't do all the baubles justice compared to seeing them up. They are such a talking point and visitors just can't believe it when they see them."