In a Vase on Monday: Tis the Season…

It may not be a vase this week, but our host Cathy of “Rambling in the Garden” has often reminded us that we can use any material from our gardens to bring indoors, regardless of how it is displayed!

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So here is my Advent wreath – homemade for the first time using a straw ring from the local DIY store. My Man of Many Talents braved the rain and wind yesterday to cut some high branches for me from our Douglas Firs and the beautiful Silver Fir (Weißtanne). The Silver Fir has large rounded needles and lasts very well indoors, even in a heated room. The Douglas Fir doesn’t last as well, but it does smell wonderful – orange and spice is what comes to mind, perfect for Advent. The tiny fir cones are from our Larch trees.

Right on time for the first Sunday in Advent one of my Amaryllis/Hippeastrum started flowering:

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Amaryllis “Tres Chic” was only planted on November 4th, so has broken all records. I have planted several others, none of which are showing any signs of life yet.

Talking of Advent, I visited a local Christmas market on Saturday as they always open the weekend of the first Sunday in Advent. Sadly there are no photos, as the snow rapidly turned to rain and we were too busy dashing from one stall to the next for cover! But I will describe the lunch I had there, as I don’t know if this typical Southern German dish is well-known elsewhere in the world: “Schupfnudeln mit Sauerkraut“- potato noodles (like elongated gnocchi!) fried up in a big pan with spiced white cabbage, or “sauerkraut”. So warming, and just one of the delicious smells coming from the stands all around us. Mulled wine, roasted almonds, roasted chestnuts and potato pancakes were just some of the other aromatic and traditional specialities on offer. And sausages of course, in all variations, but no vegetarian ones yet… I’m sure that will come too one day!

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Schupfnudeln mit Sauerkraut: Wikimedia

I wonder what smells make you think of Christmas? I shall be starting my Christmas cookie baking this week, and promise to post a recipe soon. 🙂

Have a great week!