Sunday, 26 December 2010

Boxing Day

It's been a couple of busy days.  On Christmas Eve,  I cooked and cooked so that we had plenty of food for the extra people for Christmas.  It was predicted to be quite hot,  so I decided to go with "plan B"  and the pre-cooked chicken, ham and salads... with some steak (fresh and local) on the barby.... and the golden syrup pudding...  with lemon verbena leaves on top,  as we don't have holly....
The tree didn't have a star on Christmas eve, though it looked pretty good...
....  it's a part of a feral olive tree from the yard... with an assortment of decorations.  It didn't have  a star when this photograph was taken but eventually we found one (on a Christmas cracker!)
It looks quite good!

Christmas day was spent quietly on the front verandah with about  a dozen friends and family.  It was a really good day.  Chris got to play with his new "toys"....



...and a new waterlily flower came out....

... and then there were two...
... and notice the bee on the biggest flower...



This morning when I got up to take some fresh green offerings to the goat, I noticed that the birds had decimated the waterlily leaves.  Most of the leaves are floating on the water... all over the place...
...  but from the kitchen window...  this is the view....
... earlier, I'd seen a honeyeater (white plumed) on the rocks in the foreground taking dips into the pond behind... though I can still see the lilies.

A few minutes later....

... rosellas bathing and drinking ( and smashing waterlily plants!)  (Pictures are a bit fuzzy, being taken through the fly screen.)

I've been out to collect the vegetables... plenty after more than a day....
...  and it looks like zucchini soup sometime this week!   I think I'll be bottling some for winter soups in 2011.


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