Friday, 25 December 2009

Merry Christmas to all. These are the only snowflakes in sight this year. This tree is a favourite of mine.
This guy is a tree with snowballs for decoration and wishing Winter Greetings.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Happy Christmas Eve...what a difference a year can make. This evening I took this picture of a glorious sunset from my balcony. As you can see the sky is clear, not a flake of snow to be seen. The air is crisp and clear. Last year the days started a little bit different from almost the same spot on my balcony...the snow was coming.
The same view at almost the same time one year later, what a difference! But wait, what will tomorrow bring? Merry Christmas everyone, may you spend it with friends and family and receive some lovely gifts.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Saturday I noticed that ice was forming on our pond. It's so dark when I arrive home I hadn't noticed it forming. This little stream also feeds into the lower pond and you can see the ice forming around the rocks.
I made this arched attic windows quilt several years ago. The designer is Jacque J. Holmes. It is made with black and white fabrics only. I call it "A Winter's View", it was challenging to make but I like the effect a lot.
Here is my current winter view. The snow started falling this afternoon and is gradually accumulating in our courtyard. Our walks have all been salted.
The beauty berry looks delicate in the snow.
The new shoots are already forming for next year.
Definitely a glimpse of more to come. It is quite cold and blustery along the river's edge.
The roses are trying so hard to hang in for a few more days.
This little palm is already covered in the snow.
The side stream rocks are covered with snow and more ice has formed on the lower pond.
My door welcomes you to the wintry season almost upon us.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Frosty Saturday morning brings a chilly walk along the quay looking at berries and frost covered flowers. The calendar changed from rainy November to cold crisp December. We're 6 for 6 for sunny days this month! Beauty berries are actually quite a small delicate berry. I managed to catch these ones with some sun shining on them for a change.
These winter pansies are living up to their name, covered in frost but putting on a pretty show.
The sun was just starting to creep into this raised bed of plants
This pansy has found the warmth of the sun and the frost is slowly melting.I'm not sure what type of berries these are, but they are a very deep black colour.
This bunch of rose hips stand out amongst the dying leaves.
This pincushion daisy is bearing up well against the frosty morning.
A bird's nest abandoned for the year, but brings hope for spring.
This hydrangea has dried on the bush and is still full of colour.