Saturday, 12 December 2015

Feels a lot like Christmas...

I do love Christmas and now that I've put up my tree I feel I'm finally getting into the mood. Every year I tell the story of my vintage Christmas Tree - how my grandmother Mitzi brought it to Australia in 1931 when she, my grandfather Rudolf, and my mother Lina left Vienna to make a new life on the other side of the world. I'm pretty sure Nana didn't really want to leave her sister and friends behind in Vienna but Grandpa was offered an excellent job opportunity, and it was too good to pass up. I think bringing the tree and decorations was one of her links to her past, and I know she treasured it as much as I do now.
Some of the glass decorations from 1931 have survived to this day, added to in 1947 when Nana made her first trip back to Vienna, and Nana, Lina and I have continued to add over the years. These pictured below are from the original group with some of the 1947 decorations.
Back in spring I spent a few days with my dear friends Jenny and Adrian at their property Eumalga in Tibbuc, NSW. Going there is such a joy - I even enjoy the train trip. The country looked superb because they'd had some welcome rain, the orchard was full of citrus blossom and mandarins, and J&A were busy making new gardens. The perfume of the citrus was almost overpowering - fabulous.
My garden has its ups and downs. It recovered from The Storm, it recovered from The Hail, it is trying to recover from the days of scorching heat that burn leaves, fronds and flowers, and this week there has been another setback. Some large trees that were dropping limbs have been removed - sad but necessary  - and although the workmen did their best to be careful, my garden seems to have borne the brunt of the damage. Agapanthus, hydrangeas, echiums, and worst of all, my crab apple is badly smashed. However, pretty well everything will be okay by next spring and I'll perform some surgery on the crab apple and cross my fingers. Here I am apparently levitating in my garden. Followed by what was flowering in the garden before The Workmen.

Thank goodness most of the lilies and hippeastrums had just finished flowering before they got dumped on by big branches, and they'll be fine next year. I picked all the broken agapanthus and they look fabulous in the house. The white hydrangeas are badly broken but a good prune and they'll be fine too. I did have plans for huge bunches in the house for Christmas but que sera...

Today I took the children to their swimming lessons and lunch at our local club and was so pleased to see that the Magnolia Grandiflora avenues are flowering. Here's a sample. What a flower!
On the crafty front I'm still collecting metal, rust and silver plate. Definitely turning into a crazy old lady. This is my latest stash.
Next year in July 2016 Art is You will be back in Australia. Three venues, Sydney, Perth and Noosa... and this week I went with Sallianne (the amazing Art is You doyenne) and our friend Barbara from Qld, to check out the Sydney venue. This is the fabulous Crystal Palace at Luna Park, a wonderful space in a really cool location. Check this out and believe me, you'll have an incredible time. Just a couple of photos...
Less than two weeks to Christmas! No cards made but I'm thinking about it, no cards last year but I don't want a repeat of that. At least the tree is up and I've made a Christmas cake, posted a few parcels, bought a few gifts so maybe I'll get it all together in time. Everyone, have a wonderful Christmas, and I'll be back in the New Year.



15 comments:

  1. Christmas? Wash your mouth out. I am not ready. I have made thirty Christmas Cakes, bought some gifts and posted the ones for overseas.
    Cards? Cue hysterical laughter.
    Love your garden and am so glad that the depreciations of the weather extremes and the tradies will disappear by Spring.
    Have a wonderful Christmas.

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    1. Dear EC, oh, okay, mouth washing about to start.You've what! Made 30 Christmas Cakes! You never cease to amaze me... Yes, there is a bit of hysterical laughter going on here, as I tell myself I can cope and that Christmas and Boxing Days will go well. I suppose they will...
      A wonderful Christmas to you and the SP, and a happy and healthy new year to follow for you both.

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    2. I should add that some of them are small. Very small. Thirty years or so ago we started giving cakes to family and friends. Like Topsy it grew. And grew.

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  2. Nowhere near halfway semi-ready.Can I plead fashionably late?
    Love that magnolia! If I had room...
    Happy Christmas to you all,

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    1. Di, fashionably late is perfect! Go for it.
      The magnolias are an inspired planting at the club, something beautiful they've done. I'm looking forward to watching as they get bigger and more magnificent.
      Happy Christmas to you, The Man and the girls xxx

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  3. Happy Christmas, I'm sure your garden will recover.

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    1. Happy Christmas, Penny to you and your family too. Yes, I know it will be okay but I did have hopes that it would look good for Christmas - just me wanting to show off, I think. Still, the basis is okay, and I can work there now without looking up constantly to see if anything is going to fall on me.xxx

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  4. what a joyous celebration of the Silly Season, have a good one Carol!

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    1. Dear Mo, I know you love the Silly Season as much as I do. And I'm treasuring your beautiful card...
      Love to you, Rod and Ariel xxx

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  5. Hi C - great to have a cheery bright blog post for Christmas - and what a joy the decorations are. And I covet that stash of silver-plate - look forward to you turning it into new stuff next year. Enjoy the Christmas period. Peace. B

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  6. Hi B - ah, the plate stash! So far I'm just loving looking at it. If I don't start using it soon it will take over the studio. All my best wishes to you and Fiona for Christmas and the New Year. Carol

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    1. Hi C- well if begins to take one let me know - I might be able to help relive you of your burden. Go well. b

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  7. Thanks, Barry. Sadly my weekly source of "good stuff" has gone into liquidation! Arghhh... On the other hand, this may be good for me to stop collecting momentarily and actually take a breath and see what it is I already own. You'll be the first to know what I'm planning. Go well, Carol

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