Thursday, 28 November 2013


November days here have been rather dreary.   Two spells in hospital, one involving an operation have meant I am unable to get out much.    I can't even take the dog for a walk, so everything that is going on in the Park has to be relayed to me by a rather tired husband!

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!   


Jee said...

Sorry to hear you've been unwell. Hope you're well on the road to recovery now.

Patricia said...

So sorry you've been in hospital and wish you a speedy recovery back to good health. Take your time and don't rush into doing too much for a while. Love your tree pictures and the berries are so pretty. Ah tulips - beautiful and my favourite Spring bulbs.
Patricia x

Diane said...

Sorry to hear that you have been in hospital Gilly. I do hope that you are now on the mend. I hope you have a good view from your window! I always love to get a comment from you on my blog and when I am out and about I often think "Gilly will like this" xxxxx

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Hope you have a speedy recovery. Your tree is so pretty and the tulips are stunning! Take care and have a wonderful Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Do hope the recovery is going well?

Our rowan up here in north Manc is orange....Stunning against the mid brown fence and against the afternoon sun bouncing off the flats behind us.

Colour and

( think I've finally settled on this blog site for now!!)

kenju said...

Gilly, I am so sorry that I missed this post, and sorry to know that you have been ill and had surgery. I hope that you are on the mend now!

Yes, it is 3 trees - but only one of them is large; the medium sized one is 4 feet tall and skinny and the ones on the dining table with the creche is a base with 3 trees attached - the tallest is about 2 feet. Next year I will not have a big tree at all, so this is my last hurrah. Mr. kenju LOVES Christmas and with him, the more I do, the better he likes it. I decided that I should do it up right for the first Christmas in this house!

Get well soon!