Happy New year to you from tropical Brisbane, where the poinciana trees are casting their bright red canopy across the city...
Dear daughter in Canada once again sent me a Canadian wall calendar -
Miss January is a sweet bluebird, flitting about in the snow..
It is the twelfth day of Christmas, and I have finally finished putting all the festive decor back in the cupboard under the stairs..
Christmas tree corner now has a mission to save an ailing maidenhair fern. The fern has been outside in a shady spot but dying off in the heat faster than it can create new fronds.
This corner gets good light, and is also located beneath an air-conditioner.
We will see how that works out. Keeping delicate ferns alive in the mid-30c. heat can be a challenge.
Christmas was lovely at the Red Cardinal nest.
Our two sons and their wives were here, as well as Little Aussie..
Overnight on Christmas Eve, our mock orange tree bust into fragrant blossom,
perfect for the day.
Our grand-puppy Harley loved her new pink squeaky pig..
I found this bright red festive table cloth for $6 at our local Cheap Shoppe -
seemed wrong not to give it a home..
I made sugar stars for the pavlova -
by breaking open seven small bags of pretzels and picking out the star shapes.
Brush with egg white, dip in sugar, and bake for a little while.
Cute scarf also came from Canada..
I was spoilt by all..
We bought a new birdbath for the garden -
or a Christmas gift for the birds, if you consider it that way...
In that post-Christmas lull, where you don't remember what day it is or what you should be doing, we have been catching up on a few movies (Colette, Vice) doing some de-cluttering, and giving the garden much-needed attention.
I am having a few medical checks (ugh!), fingers crossed...
What are you doing these days?
I am enjoying Michelle Obama's book, another Christmas present..
We look forward to another overseas trip, later in the year.
Wishing you Good Health, Happiness, and Exciting Times in 2019.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!