For about three decades Mother has always planted petunias to bloom by christmas along her front fence, alternating red and white.
When she and late stepfather no longer wanted to maintain a year long bed of annuals along the front fence, the petunias were grown in pots and placed along the front fence.
I felt quite sad when I noticed there were no potted petunias along her front fence this year. I didn't say anything.
The immediate family will gather at Sister's house on the Bellarine Peninsula for christmas dinner. We will stay a couple of nights. It is proposed we catch the Sorrento ferry on Boxing Day to visit Sis in Law on the other side of the bay, but given we have a Boxing night dinner with friends arranged, it might just be a bit too much in one day. Rather depends on Mother, as she refuses to go on the ferry again.
Best seasons wishes to you all.