Sunday, December 20, 2015

CHRISTMAS AT THE CARDINAL NEST


Merry Christmas to you,
as we slip sweetly into Christmas week.
 I must share this beautiful picture of cardinals, sent to me by the lovely Debra Turner, of The Savvy Shopper.
Debbie was one of my very first followers, and lives in New York.  Lucky girl.
How she ever found this little Australian blog is quite the mystery to me, but illustrates the joy and fun of blogging:  you meet lovely, like-minded friends, all over the world.  
Check out The Savvy Shopper - she is full of good information and ideas.


I made a new front door wreath, with bits from the Christmas cave-under-the-stairs...an old plain green base, some red fake berries which have appeared in many of my Christmas creations, and a few small pine cones from the collection.  For once, I decided not to use the glue gun, because there is no going back with that thing.  I tied and twisted everything in place, and sprayed with my fake snow. Done.


We have been back at the Wild Canary garden/cafe again, celebrating Christmas with friends.  They grow all the salad, herbs and edible flowers right there beside the restaurant.  Who knew all those flowers could be eaten?
The vinaigrette is made from nasturtiums and the fish is North Queensland barramundi, the best and sweetest fish in the universe...


I shared this tiramisu with Mr C - which seemed only fair..





That garden centre is full of temptation...


Meanwhile, back at the Cardinal nest, the yellow hibiscus is having a spectacular summer...



while the last stand of agapanthus have burst forth.






I've been to choir practice at the church.  All set for Christmas Eve Mass.


Have a splendid Christmas week.

XXXX

31 comments:

  1. Looks very festive at your home...indeed and the lovely red cardinals perched in the tree are so pretty.
    We have Stellar Jays here at this time and they are bright blue!
    I will try and take a photo but so far they have eluded my camera.
    Happy Holidays!

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    1. Oh, I love a blue jay, and even managed to photograph one when visiting my daughter a couple of years ago. They are really pretty. When I saw your comment, I remembered that I bought my little set of choristers in Vancouver a few years back - not far from you. Merry Christmas to you!

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  2. Your home is looking so festive, Patricia. I hope you have a wonderful holiday week. Thank you so much for your kind, supportive comments on my blog, I appreciate them very much.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer, and you have a lovely week too. Your blog is very appealing, and I enjoy it so much. Best wishes to you and the family.

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  3. Merry Christmas to your household Patricia. I hope it is a blessed and happy time for you.

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    1. Merry Christmas Barb, and thank you for visiting. Enjoy the season, even in the heat!!

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  4. Lovely door wreath and your home looks lovely and festive :)

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    1. Thank you Spellweaver, and welcome to my blog. Merry Christmas :)

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  5. Everything looks lovely over there (down there?) Patricia! What a beautiful photo of the cardinals. I've never seen so many together. Merry Christmas!
    Wendy

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    1. Yes, we are the Land Downunder, Wendy. Loved that picture of a flock of cardinals in the snow. What a sight to see! Merry Christmas x

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  6. Those cardinals look so amazing sitting in that tree. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    1. Aren't the cardinals gorgeous - I hope that is a real image, not photoshopped! Merry Christmas to you as well. Hope it is a great one.

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  7. Lovely red cardinals and gorgeous decorations, Patricia! Have a wonderful Christmas week from us here in the flatlands! Xxx

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    1. Flatlands! I had forgotten - learnt at school about the low level land of the Netherlands :) We all knew the story about the boy and the dyke...
      Happy Christmas Val, hope you have a great one!! xxx

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  8. So wonderful all these cardinals together in a tree, it looks like a real Christmas tree, decorated with red birds.
    It seems always strange to me celebrating Christmas with such hot weather.
    Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!

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    1. Yes, a cardinal Christmas tree - what a lovely idea!
      I am looking forward to the forecast only 26 C for Christmas Day - nice and cool! Wishing you a Merry Christmas, and thank you for popping in on my blog.

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  9. You didn't say but I know the pink/purple flower is a fuchsia. I only know it from England but I love it when I am there. And you know I love our American cardinals! We feed them and they love us too, I think!

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    1. Yes, that is our one and only fuchsia. It is a bit temperamental, but we keep it going. Love those red cardinals, so vivid against the snow. Merry Christmas!

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  10. Patricia, that is one of the prettiest pictures I've seen of the red cardinals. Your door wreath is pretty with the red berries and pine cones and snow. The tiramisu looks scrumptious. I have only had tiramisu one time and I looooooved it! I love your little carolers. I've been wanting to get some carolers for a long time but haven't found just the right ones. All your flowers are so pretty during this Christmas season.

    Wishing you the Merriest Christmas, Patricia. May your heart be filled with love and joy in the new year. I appreciate your friendship through the years.

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. Thank you Sheri, I am pleased you enjoyed my Christmas pretties. I get much pleasure from creating the special Christmas feel in our place. Only a couple of hours, and family will arrive - and the excitement begins!
      Wishing you also a very Merry Christmas, filled with love and blessings, and a wonderful New Year. Thank you for being part of my precious blog community :)
      xx

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  11. How wonderful, singing in a choir for Xmas carols. I have a feeling Brisbane is a nice sort of place, from my recent very short stay during my flight adventure. Your garden is lovely - it must attract lots of birds - are some of them cardinals? I will take this opportunity to wish you a Happy and Holy Christmas (or Christmass as my husband always writes), and a Happy, Blessed and Healthy 2016.

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    1. Ha, how I wish a red cardinal would appear in our garden :) I guess a crimson rosella would be the closest thing in Australia, but I have never seen one here. I saw one once near Canungra, in the area we drive with my Dad. Wishing you also a very special and wonderful Christmas Sarah Liz, and thank you for your friendship throughout the year. Might pass through your area in early January!

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    2. You will find Newcastle very basic indeed! You must be on your way to Sydney...

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  12. Wonderful tree - in fact, lovely images in abundance. Thanks for all your posts and for popping over to my blog as you do. All the very best for Christmas to you and your family and a peaceful, happy, year ahead. We wewnt to our village carol service on Sunday - it was great - but very wet in our part of the UK at the moment (not like the pretty, Christmassy, pictures!).

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    1. Wishing you also a lovely Christmas and a happy new year for 2016 Mike. A village carol service sounds like Perfection to me - love the English villages. We will of course be dressed in cool and cheerful garb for carol singing on Christmas Eve! Thank you for visiting my blog, and for the enjoyment of reading yours :)

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  13. Wonderful tree - in fact, lovely images in abundance. Thanks for all your posts and for popping over to my blog as you do. All the very best for Christmas to you and your family and a peaceful, happy, year ahead. We wewnt to our village carol service on Sunday - it was great - but very wet in our part of the UK at the moment (not like the pretty, Christmassy, pictures!).

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  14. Merry Christmas to you, Patricia! Have a wonderful time with your family! It was a delight to meet you in person this past year, and I'll be looking forward to the next time you touch down in Vancouver. :-)

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    1. Merry Christmas Kristie, and you have a wonderful time too. I know you will! Hope you have a dusting of snow on the mountains to add to the festive cheer. I wonder when we will be next in Vancouver?

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  15. What nice Christmassy pictures, despite the opposite seasons! I have never had barramundi. I will see if I can find any, although I don't suppose it is a patch on what you get in Australia once it has been flown all round the globe.
    Happy Christmas!

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    1. Hi Jenny, I think the barramundi might be a fish for a hot climate, as they are plentiful around north Queensland. Have a great Christmas!

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  16. Hi Tricia,

    Thank you so much for your kind words and shout out! That red cardinal photo looks gorgeous posted here during Christmas week! And, although I sound like a broken record ... I love your other images also. What a sweet wreath on your door, as well as, the church statuette.

    Lovely knowing that you're having festive times with family and friends. The food sounds delicious at one of your favorite restaurants.

    Mother Nature makes beautiful flowers ... the colors are so vivid.

    Cheers from New York City. :)



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