Just as last week was the first time since the inception of IAVOM that Christmas Day has fallen on a Monday, today is of course the first time that New Year’s Day has been on a Monday. So let’s raise a glass and drink a toast to 2018 and to IAVOM!
Out of the bottle today came not rich red and plummy Merlot (although I did consider dying the water red) but sprigs of witch hazel Hamamelis ‘Jelena’, Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’ and beaded bubbles of pyracantha, the latter filched on a morning walk from a Council planting on the roadside. The glass is Edinburgh Crystal, a wedding present from 21 years ago, and the stems are held in place by clear glass pebbles. The backdrop is the table runner I made many years ago for festive seasonal meals, the same one that last week’s table decoration sat upon.
It was a joy to see just how many people still posted a Vase on Monday on Christmas Day last week or popped in to leave a comment – but quite unexpected too as I thought most people might have a break and focus on their festivities; perhaps it’s a reflection of how engrained in our routines it has become. Writing this post on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve I can tell you that we shall not be staying up tonight and will be tucked in bed and asleep way before midnight, so will be bright eyed and bushy tailed when your IAVOM posts start rolling in – unless you are having a day off and nursing a hangover instead!
Whether you celebrated seeing the New Year in or not I would like to wish you all the happiest and healthiest 2018 possible from the Golfer and myself, and many hours of joy in your gardens. To 2018!