Weird, weird, weird ……… after the flurry of snow a few weeks ago we have seen no more other than the odd flake and it seems that we shall be having a green Christmas, though not a grey one as the forecast is for sun (after lots of rain tomorrow).

When we lived in England a regular feature of the holiday was counting the number of flowers in the garden on Christmas Day – it seems that this year we shall be able to continue the tradition here after a hiatus of 9 years. At the moment it looks like we could have a Hellebore, in bud at least if not in bloom.