MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL......

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN COCKTAILS CHRISTMAS

HOT WEATHER = COCKTAIL HOUR

Most people know I am a big fan of my red wine but when that temperature hits 30 odd degrees.....time to get the Pimm's out and make a refreshing, icy, thirst quenching (without getting you too inebriated) drink.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN DRINKS

INGREDIENTS

PIMM'S (4 nips that's my ratio)

GINGER BEER

CUCUMBER PEEL

ORANGE SLICES

LEMON SLICES

LOTS OF ICE

BIG SPRIGS OF FRESH MINT

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I'm feeling cooler already......

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN ICE

Don't forget the ice.....

A year in my garden cocktails on the verandah

Grab a jug.....place all the ingredients in, add lots and lots of ice....stir...say cheers with a few friends....ahhhhh....then kick back.

A year in my garden photography drinks

If you don't like ginger beer go for soda water and maybe try some different fruit....I popped in some Nectarine slices in the last batch I made.

Prawn cocktail

Here's another thing we enjoy when we don't feel like cooking..... 

Prawn Cocktail to go with our cocktails...

christmas presents a year in my gardne

I popped into one of our local shops.....The Picnic Shed which is in the lovely village of Berry, on the South Coast. It's styled beautifully and there were just so many gorgeous items to choose from. 

a year in my garden photo shoot picnic shed berry

How chic are those planter labels...and you can never have enough twine...

a year in my garden commercial shoot

Now this we need....our compost/chook scrap bin gets a bit stinky sometimes and I love how this has a lid (to keep the odours in) and you can easily carry it out to the girls.

Cushions

Cushions.....galore...one can never have enough cushions

the picnic shed photography a year in my garden christmas

Something for everyone.... and when you're done shopping, pop in next door to the Berry Sour Dough Cafe for some excellent coffee, pastries, bread, and their lunch menu is just delicious. The bonus for me ......super friendly staff.

diggers club

On another note if you join Diggers Club you get free seeds four times a year...join!! 

a year in my garden christmas bush

I had to show you the extent of my Christmas decorating this year.....

Christmas bush and two pine cones....

That's because....

a year in my garden bali trip

We are off to Bali!!!

I think this is the first time where we have not had christmas at our place and it feels so strange to not be caught up in the whole christmas frenzy of preparations. No ham ordering, no turkey, no trifle, no pudding, no cutting down of chrissy tree, no decorating, no going through 50 cookbooks for ideas on salads/canapes, and what about ROCKY ROAD CHRISTMAS CONES....recipe is still up if you need it. Dad will be so upset!

AND YES IT ALSO FEELS SO LIBERATING!!! 

Don't get me wrong I totally LOVE christmas, it's a huge day/week for our family...that's why I'm feeling just a little bit guilty.

I know I'll miss the family all getting together, but I think getting away and escaping the whole hoopla will be really interesting. Has anyone else done this? Gone away with friends and left family behind for christmas. I wonder how I will be on the day...... 

My photography side can't wait!

Christmas card from A Year In mY garden

Lastly I would like to wish everyone a most beautiful Christmas.....wherever you may be.

Love from Jools, Arth, Pierre and of course Santa!

 

PS photo courtesy of Red Berry Photography for once I'm on the other side of the lens.