Merry Christmas everyone, hope you were all able to enjoy the day with friends, family and food. Ours was a little melancholy with some very much loved family members no longer with us this year, but we tried to focus on all the things that make Christmas wonderful, especially as it was Baby Good’s very first! I thought I’d give you a bit of a look at Christmas in the Good house – well actually not in our house, but where we spent Christmas. We did have the morning at home, just the four of us for Santa presents and a few little things from Mum and Dad, which was a lovely, quite start to the day, but I didn’t take any photos of that.
There were lots of other presents including a gorgeous Jack in the Box for Baby Good, and a wooden kitchen, gardening tools/watering can and farm set for Miss Two. For me there was a theme to the gifts, two trees (one dwarf lemon/lime and one forest pansy for the front yard, both living at the in laws until we come back from holidays in February), a garden fork and small garden hand tools, and two vegie gardening books. I also got several new cake and flan tins for my cooking addition, and a collection of op-shop find coloured glass vases – the start of a collection I think.
We arrived home at about 6pm to find this:
all thanks to the rather ferocious storm that hit Melbourne in the afternoon on Christmas Day. We spent the day with family in Heidelberg, not too far from our place, but they received nothing like the hail that swept through our suburb. I walked around in the garden in shock and devastation when we got home. I really couldn’t believe the damage done in such a short time. I said to Mr Good later that perhaps I shouldn’t invest so much of myself in the garden, because I really don’t cope well when things like this happen.
Thankfully the next afternoon the sun came out and I pulled myself together and did a proper assessment of the damage. I think most things will survive, a few individual corn cobs look too damaged to survive and the cucumber and pumpkin seem to be the worst affected so if they survive I will be quite surprised. The tomatoes required quite a bit of pruning to remove the damaged stalks and needed to be restaked. I’ve picked up all the debris, but so far I’ve left the damaged foliage on the eggplants, cucumbers and zucchinis, but perhaps I should be cutting these off too, what do you think?
Having watched the news and read Phoebe’s latest post I realise there were places with far more damage than us, so I really feel for them. It sure made for a strange end to Christmas Day, but one that will stay in our memory for a long time.