When I woke up this morning I was a tad despondent. We still aren't living back in our house (that's tomorrow) so I've no Christmas tree to share with you. I've not been out in any gardens - apart from the ever-so-frosty morning at the weekend when I ran out VERY excitedly only to find that I'd left my camera battery on charge at out house,27 miles away. Where would I find some Winter garden action? I made for Beaulieu, my first morning of driving post-op, fuelled by high hopes of festive sights to capture.
And there were many, and it felt so very good to be out in the fresh air after so much resting up (which you would think would be great but actually is only great for a day or two before it fast becomes boring). But I'm not going to show you those photos, oh no, for as I headed up to Fairweather Garden Centre in the heart of Beaulieu village I spotted this and an imaginary angel actually sang and a golden light fell upon the scene...
Patrick's Patch, Beaulieu - how had I not noticed this before?!
Patrick's Patch is a garden designed to inspire and teach people of all ages how to grow their own fruit and vegetables. Built on a green field in 2008, Patrick's Patch is run by a part-time gardener, volunteers and local primary school children.
Info on Patrick's Patch including details of the free courses they are running for anyone to turn up to in 2015 please visit: http://fairweathers.co.uk/patricks-patch. I plan on going to a few of them myself!
After, I wandered across to Fairweathers Nursery where I indulged in some impulse buying of a Christmas Tree. The hot topic of this Christmas has been the tree. Last year, as every year, Al pointed out that we have a perfectly good fake tree in the loft and so I headed out to a local Forestry Commission site to buy a real tree which we all loved. This year my inability to lift anything has hindered my mission for a real tree, however as luck would have it Fairweathers sell and deliver Christmas trees locally for free so I bought a small potted 150cm tall one.
Just right to sit on top of our chunky coffee table in the lounge. And if Papasaurus thinks he's getting out of bringing the fake one down from the left he's wrong - that can go in the new open plan kitchen / snug / office space! I am literally brimming with festive win today!
Tomorrow afternoon the children finish school at half past one and I'll bring them back to our house, to move back in and we'll spend the afternoon decorating the tree and watching Christmas films on Netflix. Heaven.
Here's a couple of festive shots to whet your appetite - do come back tomorrow to see some of Christmas in Beaulieu and over the weekend for the obligatory Christmas Tree photos!
Some faves joining in last week include: from Oxford Botanic Garden this post of beauty and romance from Katie, from Oxford Botanic Garden to Miami Botanical Garden with Claudia, getting in the festive spirit Stephanie made a wreath, frosty offerings from Gemma and Amanda and kudos as ever to Rosie's energy levels, spring cleaning her polytunnel in December!
I have so much love and thanks to give to everyone who has joined in with this How Does Your Garden Grow? series this year, I still love it as much as I ever did. It will take a break next week for Christmas and return on Thursday 1st January, 2015.