Christmas has felt most peculiar this year. Perhaps it is because we had our big lunch with Granny and Granddad yesterday and in the same day I booked a cookery class for my birthday next year!

In any case, my dad gave me a euphorbia for the front garden. He actually had two different colours: golden or silvery. As you can see, I chose the silvery one, as I felt it would go better with the front garden, but there are plenty of the other, should I decide differently in the future.

Back home now, I am relieved to see that there are no signs of the rats in the garden. Before we went away, I covered all the entrances to their tunnels, expecting to see new ones today. However, there are none, so I hope I can now relax.

That’s not to say we didn’t have a good time whilst away. After our Christmas lunch we took a walk round the grounds of Belton House near Grantham and I was charmed by some deer. Last year, we saw the real animal but this time round they were of an altogether different kind.

Merry Christmas, everyone. Wherever you are in the world, I hope you’re having a good day.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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21 Responses to Euphorbia

  1. Karen says:

    Merry Christmas to you too, Helen.

  2. We have lots of different euphorbias. I knew Belton House grounds well during my years in Newark

  3. We’ve renewed our NT membership, despite only going to Clumber Park this year – I spent too much time not getting out. In 2018 we are going to give it a good go and probably join English Heritage after that. I like old ruins. (And will not say more on that subject!)

    • Helen says:

      We had English Heritage in the past and enjoyed that. Some of the ruins really are ruins but other sites do actually have castles, for example, which you can still walk round and up. Then of course there are places like Stonehenge, which I wouldn’t personally pay money to visit. You get a better experience by the roadside (would be different if you could actually get in amongst the stones).

      Anyway, I do like Clumber Park but the entrance fee for non-members is so reasonable, I’d rather pay that occasionally than the price of membership. It will be a shame not to visit Belton House whilst we are at my parents’ but then there are other things which we don’t do in the area because we want to take advantage of we have already paid money for (i.e. NT membership).

      You certainly seem to have taken advantage of the world beyond NT properties this year! At the same time, I am sure you will get a lot from ‘giving it a good go’ in 2018 😊.

  4. gaiainaction says:

    Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas Helen. We here had been invited by local friends and so we enjoyed a Gozitan Christmas which was interesting and beautiful. Foods were different but I like to try out anything new when I am travelling.

  5. Clare Pooley says:

    Happy Christmas, Helen and best wishes for 2018!

  6. I hope you had a very special Christmas! All the best for 2018 πŸ˜ƒ

  7. mortaltree says:

    Such a cute Euphorbia! Merry Christmas too -a bit late, but still, within the twelve days?

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