It’s not just the roses that are blooming.
The abelias are fully out; not that a tangle of winter oak branches is the best backdrop to see them against.
It must be the most lastingly splendid rose that the bush has produced all year.
Normally, one of its attractive yellow blooms has only to unfold a little to become an instant target for rose beetles.
As far as I know, the rose beetles are grubs in the soil right now.
I would have put a candle in the window, but instead decided to put it under a photograph of some grapes.
It isn’t one of those special ‘drip’ candles, but the wax proceeded to run all down the bottle and puddle at the bottom.
Our neighbours gave us this beautiful poinsettia for Christmas.
The Italian name for it is ‘Stella di Natale’ or ‘Christmas Star’.
It nails the shape but I’m not so sure about the colour.
This is the filigree bell that goes with the filigree bauble.
Naturally it doesn’t have a clapper, and even if it did, the sound would escape out of all those little holes.
This is my favourite Christmas tree decoration ever (so far).
I bought it, among others, when we finally completed the very difficult purchase of our first house in Italy on Christmas Eve 2003.
We had an unexpected electricity cut all morning today.
We both of us immediately thought of one constructive thing we could do.
Put up the Christmas tree!
So we did that, and decorated it.
But we couldn’t finish because we’ve bought some more baubles that haven’t arrived yet so we’ll have to add them on afterwards.