Thursday, December 17, 2009

Friday My Town Shoot Out - Decorated for Christmas

I guess I'm a bit hopeless really. I'm just not into Christmas decorations. My youngest daughter is exactly the opposite. She loves to decorate her tree and take her Christmas photo in front of her tree.
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But everywhere I look, I see the countryside decked out in its Christmas finery. The pohutukawa tree flowers at this time of year and is known as the New Zealand Christmas tree. And what could be more beautiful?


Outside my office at work young hibiscus trees are flowering for the first time - and look very festive:




At the beach this tree will soon be in full bloom and what better gift could be sitting under it?


Closer to home some paddocks are thick with carrot weed - yes, it's a weed but it sure is pretty. I think that looks kinda Christmasy.



Despite Christmas decorations not being my thing I'm looking forward to seeing other FSO posts. You can check them out by going here. And, if you see something you like, it's not too late to do it for yourself. Maybe I will be inspired to want something other than a nicely decorated cup of coffee:

20 comments:

  1. Love the Hibiscus a great reminder of warmer months over here.

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  2. I'm with you on this one Pauline. At least you have a Christmas tree for the girls. I haven't even put up my Christmas lights yet. In fact I'd forgotten all about them.

    Give me the beauty of nature every time.

    I'll join you for the coffee though, if I may.

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  3. Oh that decorated coffee is my favorite and I am not even a coffee drinker!

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  4. I'm not much of a Christmas person either, so here's company for you! I love those pictures of the paddock, and the waiting boat.

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  5. I love the pohutukawa tree. How beautiful! Wonder if I could get one to grow in Arizona. Might have to check into that. Oh, and the coffee looks yummy!

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  6. Hello Pauline,Lovely photo's. Your daughter is the spitting image of you. Love those coffee's.Merry Christmas to you and your family. Happy days.

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  7. I love the photos, they are great! I love the one of the fields the best.

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  8. Hi Pauline,

    I sent a comment, then I had computer problem. This may be a duplicate,

    Nice hibiscus, I don't see many yellow ones.

    Cheers,

    Ann

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  9. Your photos warm my bones. We are expecting some snow this weekend. That coffee would come in handy.

    Beautiful photos.

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  10. The coffee shot is really awesome! Those flowers are amazing!

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  11. I'd love to wake up to one of those cups of coffee on Christmas morning, yum!

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  12. Oh how wonderful to see all the beautiful colors blazing instead of all that energy for lights and thingies. I don't see any recession evidence in my town.
    QMM

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  13. I've never heard of a pohutukawa tree before. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I love that beautiful cup of coffee too!

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  15. I wouldn't mind puttering around in that little boat; it looks so inviting. You have so many things in bloom this time of year and it's fun to see them on display: as lovely a decoration as any Christmas lights.

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  16. Look at you, number one on the list! I'll have some of that hot chocolate. I thought about posting flowwer, too. They are in full bloom right now. Great post!

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  17. I agree with Rebecca. I also like what Kerry said. Also, I think your daughter has your smile. She looks very happy, just like you.

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  18. Ha I am surprised that the industry has not come up with a colored cream addition to be festive...

    Love the flowers, as it is cold here and I hate to say, but I am ready for spring!

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  19. Oh Pauline..your kids are lovely..what a sweet smile your daughter has! The flowers are huge!!! Wonderful shootout!!
    I lived in the Desert here in the US for about 14 years and it was like summer there at Christmas..it has it's own charm too!! Love the carrot weed!! Have a wonderful holiday hon, Sarah

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  20. The picture of your daughter in front of the Christmas Tree was so wonderful, Pauline. It is really weird to think of flowers blooming when everything here is frosted over! These images are gorgeous though and the thought of sitting under that budding bush in a boat would be divine! The picture of the coffee is so clear the aroma is wafting through eastern Canada! YUMMERS!!!

    Happy Holidays, from Barry and Linda with love.

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