After a very hot week, today has been a little cooler, though still no rain at all. As we near the end of the year, this will prove to be one of the driest years for a very long time.
The tomatoes are beginning to ripen and summer vegetables are beginning to flower... beans, eggplant, capsicum and there are plenty of zucchini already.
The garden has provided minimal parts of the Christmas menu, but it has provided the Christmas tree. I cut quite a bit of the olive trees down today. These trees do produce olives though they are not the best bred varieties... these are feral and probably more like the original trees that grew in the area of the Mediterranean thousands of years ago. Meanwhile I kept the best bits for a "Christmas tree" and installed it in the usual olive oil tin (ooking a bit the worse for wear) with gravel and water...
The decorations are minimal, but I am pleased with the tree.
It is interesting that people in this part of the world still attempt to have conifers, usually Monterey pines (Pinus radiata) despite the problems with these trees in spring and early summer... they have soft new growth that doesn't last very well, even with water supplied. The trees don't last very well inside, in summer. I have found that olive trees (or at least the prunings from them) seem to be one of the best and most long lasting Christmas trees for our summer solstice/christmas/saturnalia festival.