In a Vase on Monday – Feeling Blue

Mondays in December can be difficult to find flowers to pick from our gardens to fill a vase.  But Cathy at Rambling in the Garden challenges us every week and so we go rambling ourselves to see what we can find. Continue reading

A cold and frosty morning 1st December 2016

Last weekend we walked by Lake Vico, a volcanic lake just south of us.  As we were driving I saw a huge tree covered in red berries – surely not a Holly, but yes that’s what it was.  I have never seen so many berries on a full size Holly in my life.  They say that large numbers of berries mean that the winter will be hard; our forecast has also been predicting that this winter would be colder than average and would begin early. Continue reading

Tuesday View(s)

It is windy today, VERY WINDY.  It is also the coldest it has been since last winter.  At 2 pm it is 4.7°C according to the forecast on my phone.  Having just been for a short walk I’m sure that’s right, especially if the wind chill is factored in.  The wind speed is between 33 and 44 km/hour; almost all the remaining leaves from the trees in the garden are now on the ground. Continue reading