In the period leading to Christmas some people buy an Advent Calendar to check off each day before December 25. Usually intended for children, it appears that in recent years there has been a rise in the popularity of luxury ones aimed at indulgent adults who feel the necessity to treat themselves on the run-up to the big day itself – from expensive candles and perfume to miniature bottles of Prosecco or Whisky and even chunks of cheese.
So I thought to balance all this extravaganza I would offer you an alternative in the form of a flower a day from Sunday 3rd December until Sunday 24th December so now on Christmas Eve this is the final offering. I think it is rather a pretty alternative to a Christmas tree.
All images taken on a mid-November day along the George V Memorial Walk alongside Copperhouse Pool in Hayle using my Olympus OM-D E-M10 and 40-150mm lens
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Lovely alternative to the Christmas tree, Jude – very festive!
Next year I am determined to find room for one of these little beauties 🙂
They are beautiful.
I’ve been looking for this one, but no luck yet. It is a little beauty
It certainly is 🙂
Dainty little grevillea flowers.
A pretty one this one. I have to try and squeeze one in somewhere.
The colour is gorgeous. Happy Christmas!
And you! Yours will soon be in full flow!
Perfectly delightful, and a fitting conclusion to the series, which I’ve enjoyed very much.
Glad you have enjoyed the series, and yes, this is a little delight 🙂 Enjoy the festivities and I wish you a wonderful 2018.
Did you get my sunshine this morning? It’s grey and damp here. 😦 All done and I was going to have a little walk out, but p’raps not 🙂 🙂
It missed Hampshire when you sent it down 😕
It popped out for a few minutes but has gone into hiding again.
Nope not here – drizzling away. Hope it turns up tomorrow under the tree!
I was going to go to the supermarket, but decided against it. I have a craving for Christmas cake since you mentioned it…
I’d like some nice cheese if you change your mind. Sue went out for hers at 7.30 this morning! Must’ve still had jamas on 🙂 I’ve got Red Leicester but I’d like a soft cheese… Please.
Nah, too late, they close at 4 pm and I’ve got a pizza in the oven. Can lend you a Cornish brie. Or are you thinking of something softer? Marscapone? A creamy blue?
That brie sounds good. Didn’t you offer me some the other day? I don’t keep much cheese in because Mick can’t eat it. All the more for me 🙂 🙂 But I feel mean because he likes it (not brie though 🙂 )
Has he tried vegan cheese? Ellie’s cheeses are amazing.
Actually he hasn’t. It never even occurred to me, Becky, but it is a thought. 🙂 🙂
From what I’ve been told you need to choose carefully as most processed ones taste plasticky – which is why Ellie’s are doing so well. Her’s taste like cheese. Do get him to experiment as be great for you to have back in the house – she’ll be doing mailorder soon!
Okay. We were just discussing it. What’s New Year without cheese? Incidentally, we are going to Norfolk. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Yay about Norfolk 🙂
Reluctantly 🙂 🙂
Find him some good vegan cheese and I am sure he will be less reluctant!!!!
Have fun in Norfolk, with or without cheese… (Is Mick lactose intolerant then?)
Not sure, Jude. Sorry to monopolise your page with this. He’s just extremely uncomfortable after eating it.
But he’s OK with milk and yoghurt? Could be rennet then, though a lot of cheeses today use vegetarian rennet. Tell him to stick to chocolate 😀
Never eats yogurt and uses very little milk… except in chocolate, and he prefers dark. 🙂
I don’t drink single malt but it doesn’t stop the OH having several bottles in the cupboard 😀
Hmm… I think I’m going to open a bottle soon. Mick is distinctly unhappy for reasons i can’t go into here. I’m working on my New Years Day walk to keep out of trouble. Cheers, darlin. 🙂 🙂
Have a good day tomorrow! Will Laura’s (??) parents be there too? I think it is definitely time to open a bottle 🙂
No, just us. Separated parents. Mam and sister are there today. I think I might open 2! 🙂 🙂
That bad eh?… just messaged you.
It looks like an evergreen tree with flowers! LOVE!
The New Zealand pohutukawa tree is even more amazing, but sadly I haven’t come across one of those here 😦
Here I am sticking my nose in again, Jude. We have a pohutakawa in our garden. For some reason it is known in this country as metrosideros, or New Zealand Christmas bush. Ours flowers from August to December. I, too, have loved your series. Best wishes, Ken
Ah, you are so lucky Ken, you have a delightful garden.
There are essentially no deciduous Australian natives, Joanne. The eucalypts, grevilleas, banksias and Callistemon families all provide abundant flowers. I get a thrill out of seeing them in England, and even Italy where they do well
These have been a joy, Jude.
I had fun doing the series Anabel. I was just so happy to find so much in flower on my walk. And they have been a joy to me too as I fail to remember which plant I selected for each day. I did remember this one though because it is my absolute favourite.
Oh how very clever – brilliant one. A miniature Christmas tree.
It’s a darling isn’t it? Take a look at the NZ tree though (link in the comments) now that is a ‘proper’ Christmas tree.
Just been to look – now that’s definitely the tree I want! Beautiful, and its setting perfect.
Ah, well, yes. Next to a beach is pretty perfect.