Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Christmas thoughts in July

It's that time again ....a deadly suffocating heatwave.
Lovely for sunworshippers but not my sort of weather at all.
And, as usual, every July our lovely neighbour Juan decides he really has to plough up the field outside the back door and envelop us with dust.
To say nothing of stirring up the flies.
And giving me the grumps.

So, also as usual, at this sweltering juncture my thoughts turn to winter - and Christmas cards.
I wasn't terribly sure that my Bronte themed Winter Foxes which I did earlier this year was finished. It seemed a bit empty. But a couple more foxes, more snowflakes and frozen vegetation has done the trick, I think.
More lively and appropriate for a Christmas card as well.
The colours aren't quite right on this photograph but it was the best I could do.  
Now it's off to the printer this week for scanning and samples.
I'll put up the professionally done image at some point.

One good thing about this time of year though ... my beautiful jacaranda tree is in full bloom.
Such glorious colour.
Such a lovely name.
Such a sense of insufferable pride on my part too - this tree (which would be way taller than the house had it not been drastically pruned back) started out as a seed in a packet I bought at a local newstand as an afterthought. One of those garish packets aimed at tourists I half thought of as scams.
So here is the living proof they aren't.
That'll teach my cynical self to think better of things labelled "A Souvenir From Tenerife" .


  1. Love those foxes! There is a Jacaranda Festival in Grafton (an Australian country town). The streets are lined with trees - beautiful! You are clever to grow one from seed.

  2. Nobody is more amazed than me when something grows from seed. It's like magic. Especially a tree.
    That festival must be wonderful.

  3. The colors in your frozen vegetation are perfect. All the colors balance in your card. So festive I was thinking 'Christmas card' even before I read your words.
    (Fabulous bloom as well.)