Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas in Denver

A great time with Greg and Tom, for an early Christmas. 

We celebrated Greg's birthday together on the 17th too.  It is such a special time together, and it will change with girlfriends / wives / grandkids.

For now, it was just the three of us, and it was wonderful.

Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


I signed up for this all day symposium on February 4 sponsored by the CT Horticultural Society:  Spring Into the Garden. 

Sounds interesting: Tony Avent on Landscaping in Drifts of One (designs for plant collecting), and Nan Sinton on Romancing the Site (finding the hidden garden in your own backyard).

There's also a shade gardening talk, and that doesn't really interest me, but the other two topics do.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Boy Did it Rain. And Blow.

Over the past two days we have gotten 3 inches of rain.  Last night the wind blew so strong and the rain pelted so hard that I thought the windows would buckle in.

There is quite a bit of flooding all around town and along the river.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Tree

We put the tree up yesterday.
The top has to be repaired each year, the little dowel just doesn't hold it on.  It tilts.

A wheel broke off the base last year, so we have it shimmed underneath.  It lists.

But it looks lovely, wobbles and all.

Although the cats are never impressed.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Wine Party by the Fire

Cold, in the 50s and sunny.

Jim surprised me and pulled the old aluminum firepit up from the cellar, put it in the gravel garden, got some firewood, cut it up, and built a fire for us to sit around.  For the past two evenings we have had wine and cheese and crackers, sitting around a fire!  Very romantic.

The overhead floodlights from the upper window illuminate the area, and the flames in the firebowl dance.  It doesn't give off much heat, but it's pretty.  And smoky.  The smell of wood smoke is wonderful, especially on a cold night.  But it gets strong and a little stale on our clothes and hair later on!

The one thing we are lacking is a good table by the chairs.  We need a place to put the cheese tray.  My found stump works great for a glass of wine, but with the lichen on it, we can't put a level tray there.

I do love the look of it, but it isn't all that useful.  What to get for a bigger outdoor table?  Something as rustic as the stump . . .  hmmm.