December 23, 2014 – Is it Really Only Two Days to Christmas?

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In the absence of current travel options, this is a rework of our 2014 trip Down Under, previously posted on a private blog site.

Today, it was starting to hit home. The newspaper headlines are shouting it. It is the Christmas Season.

Wait, what? Perhaps, if we walk out in the yard, we will see more obvious signs of Christmas all around us. Yeah, that looks right.

We were supposed to be headed to Kapiti Island today, but the winds were too strong for the boats to cross to the island. So, we set off to explore Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. Our first stop is at the Wellington Botanical Gardens and we are confused at all the roses and begonias in bloom. Is it really Christmas time?

No visit is ever complete without a look inside the show house, where more delicate plants thrive.

Back outside for a wander through the gardens. In the one shot, P points to the building he works in. Imagine this view from the office window.

Our garden tour complete, we are off on a short drive to look at the Christmas trees that M and P have placed in businesses around the area and then a wander around downtown to absorb a bit more festive spirit.

And then we see the beautiful Pahutakawa blooms (NZ Christmas tree) and then the ocean and unique art in the area and we are still so confused. We again wonder, is it really almost Christmas?

On our way back home, we stop at Twin Lakes Lookout for a scenic view of the local water reservoir. There is no snow to be seen, the sun is shining warmly , the grass is green and we ask ourselves, How can this be December?

But, we are getting used to the thought that a warm Christmas, while different from a White Christmas is still a Christmas and then P comes in from the yard with a bowl of fresh picked strawberries.

We are so confused……

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

15 thoughts on “December 23, 2014 – Is it Really Only Two Days to Christmas?

  1. Strange Christmas for sure my friend. I love all the photos of the flowers, water lilies and trees. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Those strawberries looked yummy. Hugs to you and your family. ❤️Joni

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    1. It did not feel like Christmas, when you saw the scenes outside, but we did get used to being able to go outside in December without bundling up. We have always loved the Wellington Botanical Garden. The fresh strawberries in December just seemed unnatural, but they were so delicious. Thanks for reading Joni. Hugs to you. Allan

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      1. I really enjoyed all the pictures. Yes we have had some Christmas times here in NC where you could wear shorts. Very strange. Thanks for sharing. Love to you and your family. ❤️🤗Joni

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  2. Although a classic Christmas involves cold weather and lots of snow, plenty of people celebrate in milder conditions with their own traditions. My best friend is from Australia, and I still find it strange when she sends me photos of Christmas BBQ on the beach where people wear nothing but swimming shorts and summer sandals. But then again, celebrating the holidays in warm temperatures can be as enjoyable as one spent in the snow. Wonderful photos and so many incredible memories from your trip, Allan. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. Six more days until inter-county travel returns in Ireland 🙂 Aiva

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    1. I think it is a matter of what you are used to. I mean, how did celebrating the birth of Jesus take on such a Northern winter climate motif, when he was born in an arid desert climate. We have celebrated in both hemispheres and can see the appeal to both. Glad you are closer to freedom. Here, we have so many anti restriction activists and such a mamby pamby leader, we are at the highest case rate in North America and headed into even more restrictions, which the anti restriction people will still not follow. Still hoping we can get to our mountains, soon. Out of province is a ways away and out of country will be next year? Stay well. Allan

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    1. They are a coastal evergreen and part of the myrtle family. Most commonly, they are referred to as the New Zealand Christmas tree. It was so nice to be there at their peak and see them blooming. It fills the same role as the poinsettia, but is not in the same category as the poinsettia which is part of t5he spurge family and native to Mexico and Central America. Thanks for reading Marion. Allan

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    1. Agreed. It was unusual but had its benefits. We have never repeated the experience since. Love my seasons. I just don’t love winter as long as I love spring, summer and fall. Thanks for reading John. Allan

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  3. It’s always neat to spend the holidays abroad and see how Christmas is celebrated in other parts of the world. The tour through the Wellington Botanical Gardens looks delightful. Wonderful captures of all the various types and colours of flowers. I’ve never seen anything quite like a Pahutakawa bloom before, they look gorgeous.

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    1. Agreed. This was a real treat. We have been to the Wellington Gardens numerous times, but this was the first time it was in full bloom. The Pohutukawa trees were fabulous. We were in NZ long enough to see them start and then see the end result and the timing was different depending on where you were in the country. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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