Christmas candle

December 24, 2016 Leave a comment
Holding a candle to the grapes

Holding a candle to the grapes

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.

Christmas Star

December 24, 2016 Leave a comment
Our poinsettia in pride of place

Our poinsettia in pride of place

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.

Shepherd’s delight

December 22, 2016 Leave a comment
Red in the night

Red at night

We often get splendid sunsets here.

This one comes on the heels of a day of blinding sunlight and cloudless blue sky.

Maybe we’ll get another day like it tomorrow.

Music by lamplight

December 21, 2016 Leave a comment
Clive playing his keyboard

Clive playing his keyboard

Clive is silhouetted against the light from his lamp as he plays his keyboard.

He doesn’t play carols, but he has one faithful singer.

Taylor regularly accompanies him with soaring whoops like a one-dog wolf pack.

Sometimes the other two dogs join in, and then I wonder what the neighbours think 300 metres away.

Christmas bell

December 20, 2016 2 comments
Jewelled but mute

Jewelled but mute

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.

Filigree bauble

December 20, 2016 Leave a comment
Tiny jewels set in gold filigree

Tiny jewels set in gold filigree

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.

Fennel in winter

December 18, 2016 Leave a comment
New growth on a fennel plant

New growth on a fennel plant

Some fennel plants are still developing new flower heads.

Here is one just uncurling.

Fennel is absolutely indomitable.