Our First Festive Meal Of The Season


All our camellia bushes are laden with buds,

and the first bloom has appeared.

Soon after noon, Jackie drove us to Helen and Bill’s new house at Fordingbridge where, for us and for Shelly and Ron, Helen produced

a succulent and intriguing roast duck meal complete with crisp roast potatoes and parsnips; sweet carrots; and purple Brussels sprouts.

Having been preceded by pigs in blankets (small sausages wrapped in bacon), this was followed by Shelly’s splendid home grown raspberry trifle, cream, and Helen’s mince pies whose secret ingredient was cream cheese. Red and white wines were consumed.
Naturally Jackie and I needed no further sustenance this evening.


  1. “What a climate!” I exclaimed to my husband. “Camellias in December!” Such a lovely day to have enjoyed both camellias AND parsnips AND roast duck. I can’t imagine anything better.

  2. The camellias are beautiful. Is that usual for this time of year? How lovely to get together for a holiday meal–good food, good company, and good spirits!

  3. The meals look and sound delicious! YUM! ๐Ÿ™‚ Pace yourself! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lots more Festive Meals to be eaten! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Your greenery and pink camellias are beautiful and festive! ๐Ÿ™‚
    HUGS!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Oooooh camellias! I love them so much and they grow well here. I put two in the very first year in my new place. The deer ate them back to the stem two winters in a row. This year I got smart and put up a fence. Viola! I have leaves! I’m afraid the deer have set me back several years on any hopes of flowers, but I have faith I will see them some day.

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