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My Holly & Ivy Park

by greenrabbitdesigns

“The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown
Of all the trees that are in the wood
The holly bears the crown
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir”

I thought we would take what will probably be the final blog walk in the park for this year and as you can see greenery may be a bit sparse but I did find some holly and ivy.

There really is quite a bit of ivy and as the trees are stripped bare it really stands out as it wraps itself around the tree trunks.

Not quite as much holly as ivy but I still managed to find a couple of bushes but with absolutely no berries at all. I’m not sure if there were any to start with or if the birds have eaten them all.

It really is quite mild outside today, the day started off bright and dry although it did turn to rain later this afternoon.

However when compared to the weather this time last year, it’s almost tropical!! You can see what the park looked like at just about this time in 2010, here!
Believe me I’m thankful it’s not like that this year!

It has been an enjoyable walk in the park today, it was lovely to get away from all the manic-ness that is this time of year.
Lovely to breath in the fresh air and enjoy nature.

Hope you too can find some time to step back from the madness as well and enjoy some of the simple things in life.

Thank you for walking in the park with me this year, I’m sure we’ll take we’ll take a few more strolls in 2012!

Happy Tuesday everyone. 🙂

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Jane December 20, 2011 - 7:38 pm

I so remember that photo last year Vivienne, it was like Narnia! What a difference a year makes. It’s good that it has turned mild again and lovely to see the greenery in your park. Enjoy the last few days until Christmas, keep strolling!
Jane x

Patty December 20, 2011 - 9:25 pm

Hi Vivienne,
It looks quite lush with all the greenery you’ve found and I guess we should be thankful it’s nowhere near as cold as it was this time last year. Not that I’m warm, I seem to have constantly cold feet from now until April!
I think I can see a face, side profile on your last tree stump picture.
Winter solstice tomorrow and then we can start counting the lengthening days to spring!
Have a good week, x

harmony and rosie December 20, 2011 - 9:27 pm

It is mild isn’t it .. but thank goodness, as beautiful as last year’s snow was, I was glad to see the back of it (bah humbug!). We have a holly tree in the garden so I may have to do some pruning tomorrow. We finally bought our tree today but it’s too wet so tomorrow the children will be decorating and then I think I shall feel festive. Can’t wait!
Happy Tuesday xx

Annie December 20, 2011 - 9:46 pm

You’ve reminded me I still need to head out looking for holly with berries! I know a few places where it can usually be found. Wish me luck.

Looks like a lovely walk Vivienne, thank you for taking us along with you.

lily December 20, 2011 - 9:54 pm

Lovely stroll through your park Vivienne, it wouldn’t be Christmas without some holly and ivy……..the ivy looks very grand and lush against the bare winter branches of the tree……….it is nice to step back and breathe in a little of what nature offers us for free.

lily. xx

Amanda December 20, 2011 - 10:29 pm

Love that holly!! Thanks for taking me on a nature walk today – with all the holiday hustle and bustle sometimes I forget to just take a moment to enjoy the loveliness around me 🙂

Simone December 20, 2011 - 10:40 pm

I look forward to strolling with you next year Vivienne! Thank you for all the greenery – I feel nice and refreshed now! x

Margaret December 21, 2011 - 10:37 am

Lovely pictures Vivienne.My favourite one is of the swans.
Shame the holly has no berries but it does have a lovely glossy look to it.

Helen Philipps December 21, 2011 - 2:02 pm

Lovely to have a stroll in your park again, Vivienne. I do remember last year’s very snowy picture! Getting out and enjoying some quiet peaceful time appreciating nature is so good amid all the hustle and bustle. I look forward to more park visits with you next year!
Helen x

tinajo December 21, 2011 - 3:21 pm

Such pretty leaves – and that park looks just beautiful! Hope everything is well with you. 🙂

Liz in Missouri, USA December 21, 2011 - 4:08 pm

I love it when you go to your park. It’s so beautiful there and yes – restful. That is how these pictures made me feel. Thank you for sharing again! I hope your Christmas is everything you could wish for!

Mia December 21, 2011 - 5:52 pm

Beautiful pictures, Vivienne!

And you must be so happy that there’s no half meter snow everywhere 🙂 Winter is not THAT BAD without -20 something degrees and snowstorms. I wish it’ll stay mild in yours but on Christmas Eve there will be a tiny bit of snow and it’ll last until Boxing Day – how about that?

Happiest, happiest of days!


jooles December 21, 2011 - 7:09 pm

thank you for taking us along with you on your lovely walk, i feel all refreshed now ;o)
wishing you peace, love and joy this christmas time
love jooles xxx

Jenny December 21, 2011 - 8:08 pm

What a difference a year makes, your park does look very green considering the time of year! So glad it is not freezing cold like that at the moment although it did look very Christmassy – there is something magic about snowy scenes but it is so inconvenient! Sorry if I’ve missed your last few posts, am hoping to have a massive blog catch up at the weekend 🙂 Have a wonderful Christmas, Jenny xx

thelinencat December 22, 2011 - 8:39 am

We have a huge amount of ivy in our garden (sadly growing up all the trees on our messy boundry which we have never tackled) but none has red berries. Lovely photos, we are off for a walk this afternoon, I fancy some fresh air and a break from the house 🙂 Have a wonderful Christmas! Bethx

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