South West Wales

Sylvia Pope's 1,800 Christmas baubles on ceiling in Swansea

Sylvia Pope's collection includes a London red bus, a New York taxi, aeroplanes, an old fashioned telephone
Image caption Sylvia Pope's collection includes a London red bus, a New York taxi, aeroplanes, an old fashioned telephone
Sylvia Pope
Image caption Sylvia says she spends about £100 a year on new baubles
Sylvia Pope
Image caption The collection has come from all over the world with the most expensive being around £23
Sylvia Pope
Image caption Sylvia says her grandchildren and play 'I Spy' with the different bauble
Sylvia Pope
Image caption 'I felt really at home with my decorations up all year''

A Christmas-loving grandmother has had her 1,800 baubles hanging from the living room ceiling all year because a bad knee stopped her taking them down last January.

Sylvia Pope, 70, from Swansea, would usually start sticking the baubles up one-by-one in September

She started collecting them in 1999 and has ones from around the world.

"I'm just a Christmas kind of woman," she said.

"People laughed that there were Christmas baubles all over my house in June and July but I don't mind."

Ms Pope added; "I had an operation on my knee so I couldn't get up and down my step ladder so quickly."

Holes

She started pinning them to her living room ceiling because there are far too many baubles for a Christmas tree.

They leave so many holes in the ceiling that she has to redecorate once they are all taken down.

"They stayed up after last Christmas - and they've been there ever since," said the retired bingo caller.

"I love it really and at least it means I don't have to spend all those hours putting them up again.

"I felt really at home with my decorations up all year."

Her collection also includes Disney characters, a London red bus, a New York taxi, aeroplanes, an old fashioned telephone and helicopters.

Sylvia said: "I spend about £100 a year on new baubles and visit all the festive markets to find new ones.

"My grandchildren and play 'I Spy' with the different baubles. We have great fun."

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