A Christmas Rose

On a bright, sunny, and cool morning I wandered around the garden with the camera.

Most of the camellia bushes are now in bloom, and even

Shropshire Lad has hung on for Christmas.

Sam, Holly, Malachi, and Orlaith phoned from Australia and Louisa, Errol, Jessica, and Imogen Facetimed from Nottingham.

Louisa sent me a mobile screenshot of me admiring the turkey she had just taken out of the oven. Fortunately Becky was on hand to transfer the e-mail to my computer. She and Ian, Mat, Tess, and Poppy, had come for exchange of presents and Jackie’s Christmas dinner.

Among other gifts Becky gave me this book. She had amended the title with the 101 sticker, and inserted

in the appropriate place her analysis of her Book of Seasons, the full version of which appears at https://derrickjknight.com/2014/02/21/beckys-book/ Her last paragraph demonstrates a perfect understanding of the work.

One of my presents to Jackie was a pig for the garden.

She found time to nip outside and photograph the sunset.

Jackie’s splendid Christmas dinner was enjoyed by us all. We drank Prosecco while we we consumed more varieties than could be contained on the table. Apart from what is displayed here there were roast potatoes in the oven.


  1. Merry Christmas to you and yours Derrick!

  2. Your post capped off my day nicely. I’m glad you managed a good family Christmas. I remember your Book of Seasons and that’s a lovely present, but Jackie and her pig made me laugh out loud.

  3. It looks like a beautiful Christmas day there, Derrick and Jackie! I love the garden pig. You could paint it up to look like a Gloucester Old Spot. πŸ™‚ <3

  4. What a bountiful table you had! And the photo of Jackie et porcus is a statement of the joy that is still possible this season. Looking forward to where the porker will live in the garden.

  5. A lovely day, indeed! I’m so glad! πŸ™‚
    OOH! I love finally seeing what “Santy” brought Jackie! What a perfect new friend for the garden!
    Love the Christmas rose, too.
    We had a wonderful day of celebrating whist Zoom-ing with family and friends!
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚
    ? ? ? ⛄️ ? ? ?

  6. It looks like you had a lovely Christmas–visits in house and virtual, roses in bloom, and a delicious dinner! That book sticker and note was a nice touch.The pig will be a great addition to the garden. Jackie seems pleased. (I thought she was hugging a real pig at first.) ?

  7. Thank you for sharing the highlights of your Christmas day with your family! My husband and I did Facetime with our daughter and son-in-law for the gift unwrapping.

  8. Sending my wishes from across the continent, Derrick: Merry Christmas to you and Jackie and the cherished ones! The blurb on the Book of Seasons is a classic already.

  9. Looks like you and your family found a way to make your Christmas Day celebration as bright and joyful as it could be πŸ™‚ All was quiet in our apartment complex. Nothing stirred.

  10. That all sounds wonderful Derrick, what a lovely celebration. I am interested in the book you received on children’s books, looks good. I came across a children’s book with great illustrations by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini it’s called ‘Where Snow Angel’s Go’ I was going to put info about it in my next blog, will do still. Enjoy this festive week.

  11. Your photo of the charming pink rose sets a holiday mood for me, Derrick. Your daughter is obviously as talented as her father, and the Culinary Queen excels not only in putting out a splendid festive menu, but also in taking stunning photos of the sunset. Once again, happy holiday season to you and yours!

      1. The younger generation has IT skills and I suspect that the youngest generation is born clutching an electronic device of some sorts. You are justifiably proud of your daughter, Derrick!

  12. What a clever gift for Jackie. I can see she loved it. Now we need to see where she places it in the garden! The Christmas rose is beautiful, Derrick, and so was your dinner. Thank you for sharing your Christmas fun with us!

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