late December

In contrast to the beautiful Summer Colour photographs that Jane posted at The Shady Baker, here are my equivalent December pictures.

broad beans

Broad beans pushing up through the earth. Now that the shortest day and longest night of the year have passed,  a glimmer of hope that the dark mornings and evenings will soon be brightening and plants will eventually spring to life.

Great Forest December

The track behind our house. Still wet and muddy.

tomatoes from greenhouse Dec

Tomatoes. Sometimes there is value in being a lazy gardener who doesn’t cut down the dying plants. These tomatoes were still hanging on. If they ripen, maybe we’ll be able to eat home grown tomatoes over Christmas.

mince pies with crumble topping

Mince pies made with Green Tomato Mincemeat, topped with coconut and almond crumble.


No decorations yet, but there’s plenty of ivy ready to be cut down to bring into the house on Christmas Eve.

Not long to go now …

13 thoughts on “late December

  1. With our ground covered in snow, it is nice to see green sprouts popping from the earth. Homegrown tomatoes on Christmas…how wonderful. Have a lovely holiday.

  2. Just took a walk along the Mole River near Reigate. It’s broken the banks in many places. Very wet few days. Happy Christmas!

  3. I am so pleased you joined in on this idea Anne! Your mince pies look so delicious and your tomatoes look great too. Ivy will be lovely in your house. Merry Christmas, I have loved reading your blog this year. x

  4. Green tomato mincemeat?! if you make it, Anne, it will be good but without that passport I might be ambivalent! so nice that the corner of the year has turned and infinitesimally the days are getting longer again. I’ve found the shortening light unexpectedly difficult this autumn / winter – probably anno domini catching up with me! Happy Christmas and every blessing for you in 2014 – your barn project looks set to take off fantastically – wonderful! E x

  5. Isn’t it great to be past the shortest day? Your broad beans look well – most of mine were eaten by the greenhouse mouse before they had a chance to germinate… good thing there’s another chance to sow them in the spring. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas Anne, with beautifully ripe homegrown tomatoes for dinner!

  6. Thanks for the encouraging words although I think we’ve got a lot longer to go than you do. January & February are some of our most brutal months – really cold & lots of blizzards. Last year I had the heat on into May. But once we get to the point where it seems to be a little more light for longer I do get encouraged.

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