Gratitude is a bit of a buzz word at the moment but don’t knock it! This dawn I am grateful to be away with good friends.I am grateful that we have been friends for more than twenty years. I am more than happy that the group contains natural organisers so I let them! There are natural wash uppers, so I let them!
I am grateful to share gifts, laughs and maybe tears with these “girls” I am grateful to grow old together.
I am grateful to wake in this lovely place and enjoy the quiet.
So grateful is perhaps an overused word but don’t knock it! Just be grateful and enjoy it!
Dawn in the woods.
Ok don’t type “yes” I know that you agree.
It’s been a tradition for many years that I go away with a group of girl friends and enjoy an early Christmas. This year we chose a log cabin in the Forest of Dean. A beautiful location, reasonable weather and brilliant company.
Our pop up Christmas tree was safely transported and Father Christmas payed a “surprise” visit.
There was a resident Robin but I didn’t get a picture so I took one of the resident “duck”.
Yesterday was our annual village Christmas Fayre. A fun, festive event putting everyone in the Christmas spirit.
I had a stall selling my perfumed candles in China cups, printed bags and knitting. My little Sister helped and it was good to catch up with friends. As usual I probably spent more money than I made but it is great to meet fellow artisans and network. Christmas is heading this way fast so brace yourselves!
I’ve had a “Christmas cactus” for about forty five years! Yes! The same plant! I have written about it before but it is worthy of another mention. This plant is psychologically confused! It blooms pre Christmas prolifically. But the flowers have always gone by Christmas time.
It then goes on to pretend it’s an “Easter Cactus” and flowers again. But not only that it displays blooms during the Summer! It works so very hard for little or no attention. In fact this year it had a really hard time when I put it outside for a fresh air holiday. The poor plant got damaged (I do have a tiny garden/ok patio) and two or three branches were snapped off. Un deterred I stuck the broken branches into fresh compost and they started to flower!
These offspring have now been passed onto friends. The lady who gave me the original plant said not to buy plants for the house accept gifts of plants from others. You then fill your home with friends not plants! So true!
Thank you Wikipedia for these images:)
Schlumbergera is a small genus of cacti with six species found in the coastal mountains of south-eastern Brazil. Wikipedia
Did you know:
The optimal temperature for Christmas cacti is 68 degrees Fahrenheit. networx.com
Busy, busy, busy! A busy life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I never get to the end of my”to do” list ’cause as I tick something off I add more to the end! I am working towards a village craft fair on Saturday. It’s usually good fun, well attended and marks the start so the Christmas season for me.
I’ve also been on a mission to complete one or two of my Works in Progress which I will report on at a later date.