There is one thing I love gazing at more than flowers. 


All year they’ve been snuggled up in their beds of tinsel, in a box at the back of my wardrobe.

Then the day they’ve been waiting for, when the box gets a nudge.  They are lovingly brought out of hibernation.

I lift each one out, like a precious egg, and cradle it in my palm.

 ‘I have missed you!’ I whisper.

‘You, with your beads and your sequins,’

‘You!  With your peacock eyes!’

‘Oh, and you!  I knew you must be there somewhere, with your frosted sparkles.’

‘Thank goodness, your sequins are still stuck down.’

It is a day or two until we get the tree, but I like to commune with the baubles.

Arrange them on the rug.  Enjoy their sparkles.

I’ll group colours together, maybe.  Enjoy their different shapes.  The way the light plays off them.  The way they reflect one another’s colours.

And now, with my camera, I can enjoy their blur.

I play awhile.  I enjoy all of my favourite colours.  Turquoise and green, ultramarine.  Tangerine, burnt orange.  Watermelon, cherry red.  I love the edges where they merge and blur.

Beautiful blobs of light.

Time stands still when you’re playing.

Can you find your favourite colour?  Do you like these disco-light colours?  Do you play with baubles?!   I can recommend it!  

The Mindful Gardener will get back to gardening in the New Year.  But for now, she is gazing at baubles spinning on the Christmas tree.


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37 Comments Add yours

  1. I lkve the moment when we get those decorations out each year. They are like good friends that you havent seen for a while. Such beautiful colours and definitely a reaseon for a phito session. Happy christmas x

    1. They are like old friends, and it is the ritual of getting them out and admiring them that I love. My daughter likes the smell of the Christmas decorations box, which I hadn’t noticed before, so I guess it is a multisensory experience!

  2. Time to don the glasses i think 😊

  3. I love a bit of bling! I love Christmas trees and sparkle and I’m secretly sitting in the sitting room downstairs, the curtains are still closed but I’ve turned on the tree lights. It’s absolutely magical. Yes, I love baubles

    1. That sounds so lovely! There’s something so delightful about doing it in secret!

  4. photosociology says:

    Beautiful decorations and very good photography. I can see how natural it has become for you to use different apoertures so that you can manipulate the depth of field. Wonderful.

    1. Thank you Richard, that is lovely to hear from you, who inspired my photography explorations. I have a lot to learn in 2019, but am really enjoying playing.

      1. photosociology says:

        I’m glad I could help, but mostly I’m glad to see your creativity with photography developing so strongly.

  5. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Goodness, you have a very impressive collection Ali. It would be very difficult to choose a favourite.

    1. It’s like flowers, isn’t it? Impossible to say whether a peony is more beautiful than a rose or a dahlia.

  6. Now those are some serious baubles!!! I’ve never seen anything so beautifully exquisite and explosive in color for sale here in the USA at Christmas time. Is this a collection from long ago or acquired over time?
    Beautiful colors and bling. If I wasn’t awake and invigorated when I sat down here at the computer, I am now.

    1. I started collecting them in Australia when my daughters were very small, and they made it back with us. We have added one or two each year, with my stepchildren joining in. We each have a few favourites, so that I know which ones were chosen by who, and that makes them all the more special.

  7. Jodi says:

    I am smiling! So happy and joyful and beautiful!!

    1. Aw, that is lovely to hear, Jodi. Thank you. Your comments are always a joy.

  8. bcparkison says:

    All the colors of Christmas. Beautiful and the thought of mince pie and tea…well yes …thank you I would love some.

  9. Maggie Frost says:

    Love this entry. I am all about the color, the sparkle, the bling! You inspire me to be more of myself, and less of how others think I should be.

    1. That is a real gift of a comment. Thank you Maggie, I am delighted to hear that.

  10. I love how you capture beauty in everything. Looking at these pictures made me so happy. These ornaments are your inside garden. Thank you for continually sharing your wonder of the world with us.

    1. Thank you friend. They absolutely are my indoor garden! Christmas comes around at exactly the time I have to shift my focus indoors; it is a gift.

  11. What a great collection! I love the colors and especially how you captured the sparkly shiny shapes! πŸŽ„

    1. I am really glad you enjoyed them too. Thank you!

  12. How festive! What beautiful photos of these colorful baubles. I love them! Very playful indeed. πŸ™‚

    1. Lovely to have you come and play! Thank you!

  13. Eliza Waters says:

    Another love we share, Ali! I love the jewel-like tones of glass ornaments, all glimmering on (or off) a sweet-smelling fir tree. Pure magic!

    1. I guess there is a natural link between admiring the colours and textures of flowers and admiring the colours and textures of baubles. Lovely to share with likeminded people. Thank you for your wise presence, Eliza!

  14. These are beautiful!! It is magic 😊

    1. Thank you Lisa. There is an element of magic, isn’t there?

  15. Emma Cownie says:

    Ah, the cheery colours!!! What a tonic.

    1. I don’t hold back at Christmas!

  16. Love the colors of your baubles, Ali! I especially like vibrant colors – Fuschia & Dark Teal are two of my favorites, although I feel the deep violets and eggplants calling to me as well. I agree with the importance of play for adults – it comes in many shapes and forms. I think my play is my jewelry making. I like sorting the beads, feeling their textures or lack there of, and then pulling them all together for a piece. Play. I enjoyed this post! Thanks.

    1. Ooh, love your choice of colours. Beads and buttons have the same effect on me. I love sorting and arranging.

      1. The photos were gorgeous and reminded me of my beads. I have a box of my grandma’s old buttons that I like to “play” with too! πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  17. Gorgeous! Best wishes to you.

    1. Thank you Cynthia, and to you!

  18. Cathy says:

    So pretty, and made me realise I have no baubles at all – but plenty of others, in red, green and silver

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