It's now that our trees really are appreciated and we tend to gravitate to the front garden quite a bit, either to sit beneath their shade, take a dip in the pool or enjoy a light meal under one of the umbrellas. Today was such a day! I had my camera with me and took a couple of pictures to share, especially with those of you who are in the midst of your winter season.
|View from the top terrace area looking down towards the pond at the far end.
|Mid-section of the front garden, overlooking the pool.
|Scene from the path looking back towards the top terrace seating area.
|Same spot, a few steps further on, looking towards the house.
|At this point, we've moved a few steps further along the path and we've now taken a couple of steps into the flowerbed to get a slightly better angled shot.
|A grouping of pure white Agapanthus coming into flower in time for Christmas.
|Fragrant Lemon verbena in bloom now, too - loved by the bees and butterflies!
|My favourite colours for around the pool at this time of the year are shades of white, blue and pink.
This is the time of year when I relish the delicious sense of idleness that creeps up on me. I'm happy to succumb to it and let the rest of the world chase after Christmas Madness. I am sublimely content avoiding the crowded shopping malls, flurried, harried crowds, wild spending sprees and traffic jams! My garden is my special sanctuary, the place where I relax completely and, should I feel guilty, I quickly remind myself of these words by John Lubbock...
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes
on the grass on a summer day
listening to the murmur of water,
or watching the clouds float across the sky,
is hardly a waste of time...
...as I settle myself back in my seat from where I contentedly continue to survey my garden...my own little slice of heaven on earth!