Christmas at Beaulieu (HDYGG 134)

Christmas at Beaulieu

Christmas at Beaulieu

Here we are friends, the festive edition of How Does Your Garden Grow? <insert Ho Ho Ho's here> As is the tradition this week we are sharing Christmas tree & festive posts (or the usual garden ones if you prefer) before having a break next week. 

Chez moi we will have two trees, one large artificial one in the kitchen (which I loathe) and one real one in the living room (which Al loathes). Marriage is all about compromise you know... Tradition is that the real tree is bought on the last day of school term so the children can come home and 'start Christmas'  by decorating the tree with us. A symbolic 'no more school' and 'no more blogging' moment that signals a good 10 days of quality time all together. 

Christmas decorations in window
Christmas decorations in window
Christmas decorations in window

So being without a tree to show you I headed to local Beaulieu to immerse myself in their understated festive decorations. I really enjoyed this walk round for a few reasons; it's even more beautiful than normal at this time of year, it was the only hour that day it wasn't raining and I used the 'big lens' on my new Nikon for the first time ever (and between you and me it's flipping AMAZING to use).

Christmas at Beaulieu

Christmas at Beaulieu

Christmas at Beaulieu 

Christmas at Beaulieu 

Christmas tree
Christmas tree bokeh
Christmas tree
Christmas at Beaulieu 
Christmas at Beaulieu 

I popped into Patrick's Patch, the learning garden, in the village too, it's looking rather festive.

Christmas at Beaulieu 
Christmas at Beaulieu 

Christmas at Beaulieu 

rosehips
wooden rudolph

Gifts for reindeer who might be hungry mid-round-the-world-flight were sitting around the garden in pots.

gifts for reindeers
reindeer food
bird silhouette
bird silhouette
hyacinths
Christmas at Beaulieu 

Thanks to everyone who joined in last week, some faves include: Exciting allotment expansion news, some shared fails, the Beetle waterfall,  snowdrops and wonky-but-lovely parsnips.

HDYGG will be back on the 31st December, I for one will be sharing a  bit of a 'look back over 2015's HDYGG posts' a sort of easy-to-manage 'best bits'. There'll be plenty of colour in there which will be exactly what I'll be needing, nothing like the promise of Spring and photos of blossom to make me want to shake from the over-indulging festive-fug!

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