It's almost Christmas, the house smells of fresh pine and the decorations are up. This year, the poinsettias are looking a bit tired, so for the first time I don't have one on my table yet. I do miss them, but was happy to find ruby silk peonies (above) I think they are beautiful and I have a whole vase full.
This is our cat, pretending not to notice our tree .
Whenever we are near, she assumes this 'position'
...and then nibbles the branches and attacks our baubles!
We have had to 'anchor' our tree into position so it won't come down when she tries to climb it
(which she has already attempted twice)
We've had unusual weather this month...cool, hot and then cool again. Today we are expecting thunderstorms and 30 degrees c.
It's too steamy for any serious Christmas baking at the moment, I hope it cools again so that I can get a few batches of peaches and a few other goodies baked next week. I have decided not to bake if it is too warm as cakes flop, yeast doesn't rise nicely, biscuits stale and things just don't turn out. This is so frustrating as I have so many great recipes perfect for this time of year...oh well, I will wait and see.