These flower spike things on a tree over by The Shed. I don't walk past it often, but had to shut a gate the other day, and noticed the tree flowering (think its called an Umbrella tree). It doesn't often flower, and not where I can reach it or see the flower spikes well, but due to the humidity and rain we've gotten lately, it must have gotten excited!
Speaking of Christmas, our just-us-at-home-Christmas has grown a little with some casually thrown out invitations, to quite a gathering...the more the merrier, as long as we can adhere to the very relaxed no getting food ready just help yourselves rule for the day. And everyone must wear stretchy waisted pants so I don't feel bad for wearing my own (who am I kidding, 'most all of the pants I own are stretchy!)
I do think I might need to find some more chairs...and a long table!