When I came back from hospital the first time I was astounded by our Chinese Rowan Tree! In the week I had been away all the leaves had turned bright orangey red and the berries were scarlet. It stood out like a beacon and was absolutely amazing. The photograph doesn't really do it justice, but its hard to show the depth of colour.
After a bit the leaves fell off, but the berries are still there - its looking rather Christmassy now! The birds are gradually getting interested, I think it will have to get a good deal colder before the blackbirds descend and strip the tree. Meanwhile, I enjoy looking at the berries!
And just to remind us that Spring will come again, this is a picture of some of the tulips I planted in pots last year. They were very bright and cheerful, and I saved the bulbs and have planted them again this year. They probably won't be as good, but a bit of brightness is what we need at all times!
Everything now is geared towards Christmas - all the ads on TV, in papers and magazines and in the shops encourage us to gorge ourselves on chocolates and loads of sweet things. Recipes for ways of cooking turkey and ideas for other things fill the magazines. At first I felt quite hungry but now I don't want to see another picture of a huge turkey, brown and steaming, leering at me from the page. Mr.G and I will be by ourselves this Christmas, so we can enjoy it as we wish!
To my followers - I don't deserve you, but thank you for hanging in there!