In this rotating world we shall start Christmas well before you in the USA but well behind Australia or another way of looking at it is you have six to nine more hours of shopping than I but we are nearer the january sales! I wish you all the best for the season and 2010. Sites like this help to preserve sanity plus the soothing effect of browsing through seed catalogues in a cosy room and planning next year in the northern hemisphere and wondering about crops in the southern hemisphere. So the cycle continues - may your god go with you.
We are preparing for many events, our garden group's christmas lunch at an old pub, the Museum and Art Gallery Friends Christmas Party (its in its seventh year and it is great) Christmas cards all round. I have been wrapping presents today and all the plants purchased as Christmas gifts are being well looked after. Yesterday was a Christmas fun concert.
My intake of mince pies (no it is not minced meat but mince meat and it is not meat at all - remember!) is on the increase.
Because of the weather I have had to cut the lawn as it is still growing. I have put up some christmas lights and more to come. In the front garden we have a blue fir and it is decorated with 300 blue leds, every one seems to like it. Stalks of brussel sprouts are now on sale, they are best after a touch of frost - you either like them or hate them but they are a traditional christmas tide veg.
we have prepared shoe boxes of provisions and toys to be distributed by the Salvation Army. The Cathedral services are quite something with the vast building lit inside by candles. It is a sobering thought that on that site there has been a church for 200 years, The present one dates from 1100 AD. Recent excavations in the market place revealed the paving from 1400 AD.
On a clear day from the top of the cathedral you can see Boston Church tower - the Boston where the Pilgrim Fathers started their journey to Plymouth and thence to America. They took with then plants such as dandelions that we all love!