A very Happy Christmas to all my blogging friends! Thank you to everyone who has left a comment on the blog since I started in March, your encouragement and enthusiasm has meant so much to me.
Last weekend I cooked an English style Christmas dinner for my Italian gardening friends, including trifle, which was a new experience for everyone.
We have been lucky and managed to reach family in Suffolk; partly this was due to some guardian angel that meant that I booked our flights to Gatwick and not as I thought I was doing to Heathrow (all flights from Rome to Heathrow were cancelled but those to Gatwick went ahead, albeit a couple of hours late. Then the car was booked from Heathrow but with all the cancelled flights we were able to pick up the car there anyway. I feel very fortunate as I know so many people have had their plans to be with family ruined. The roads were clear but the countryside around glowed with white, making our journey quite magical. The snow has now cleared here.
After the December Bloomday on the 15th December we had a very cold few days with temperatures dropping to at least minus 6° C (and that was at 6.30 in the morning. Note to self – buy a max/min thermometer and start using a rain gage to understand what is happening weather-wise.
The remaining pepper plants are now dead, even the black Tuscany cabbage didn’t look to happy though I think it will recover if the cabbage white caterpillars don’t eat them. I would have thought that the minus temperatures would have killed the caterpillars but no, they are very hardy and there are no wasps to eat the eggs now!
I’m looking forward to reading all the end of year reviews and maybe your plans for 2011 next week.
With my very best wishes for a peaceful Christmas and 2011. Christina