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Thursday, December 24, 2009

the tree outside

the tree outside - its a marula tree
resplendent in summer green with the gift of grass around its base
marula fruits form the base for Amarula
a creamy christmas tipple some of you may be familiar with?
elephants love marula fruits too
this tree is a grand old lady and grants us a delicious pool of shade
shade produced by trees cools the environment to the equivalent of
numerous air conditioning units
we need them
so much

view through the back door


Anonymous said...

marula green. . . .a new Xmas colour
wow what a change to the garden

Fire Byrd said...

Whata wonderful view out of the back door, warmth and shade, all I've got is horrid wet snow that's starting to melt UGH!

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Angela said...

I can hardly believe we live on the same globe! We are playing in the snow, while you look out of your back door into such a hot and beautiful summer day!
But I wish you a Merry Christmas anyway, derest Val, not a White one, alas, but your inside and your outside tree is very festive, so I`m sure you`ll enjoy your dinner and time together! I`ll write you more after Christmas! LOve from Geli

Anonymous said...

Well, while you seek to shade from the hot summer sun under a beautiful tree, we wrap up warm against the cold waiting for the celebrations to being tonight - wishes of peace, love and joy!

Bonnie Zieman, M.Ed. said...

Funny the differences there can be in living environments. We live in a woodland garden which offers so much appreciated shade - but sometimes we find ourselves moving to different seating areas just to be able to find a little spot of sun!

Merry Christmas Val.

pink dogwood said...

oh I wish I could spend an afternoon under that tree - just one afternoon - and that will recharge me sufficiently to brave rest of the winter.

Merry Christmas :)

Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn said...

Oh so different here! blog hopping, and landed here! Very interesting stuff! Merry Christmas!

e said...

Your photos of Christmas in summer remind me of the tropics in December where I grew up, though we had air conditioning, at least in most places.

Happy Christmas and New Year to you.

Val said...

thanks for all your lovely comments! sunset here now after a blistering day; amazing to think of some of you wading through snow and storms right now.
whatever the weather i hope christmas was good to you, and you have enjoyed some festive time with your families and friends.

Janet - yes Marula Green - lovely!
pink dogwood - you are most welcome

happy wishes to you all xxxV

Reya Mellicker said...

How lush and luxurious! Tree shade is definitely cooler than the shade cast by buildings - definitely. You can feel the change in temperature here when you walk into one of those pools.

Stay cool!!

Unknown said...

Having just tripped through the blogosphere, it's great to see some green after all the white! ;-) Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Val! xxx

Val said...

Reya - that is so true - we need big shade trees . Just try a hot day without one!!

Ab Van - no snow or ice here (except in the fridge) :-)

Lori ann said...

Oh Val, i do hope you had a merry (if hot) christmas, it looks completly lovely there (not jealous at all)and how hard is it to make Amarula? i would be all over that tree if i could. My son got me a bottle for Christmas, i do love it so much.

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