In August, I posted about our HOVE (Hawai`ian Ocean View Estates) Garden Club visit to the home of Carole and Heather Baker. Since the regular meeting of our garden club was scheduled for the Saturday after Christmas, we decided to meet in the Baker home again. This time we each brought pupus (Hawai`ian word for “snacks”) to share.
We also brought gift plants to exchange. I brought this miniature rose, which Heather and Carole won in the drawing. Their other rose had died so they were happy to get a new one.
The plant I drew was a lovely pikake. It’s hard to see, but it’s the one on the left.
The inside of the Baker home is as full of their personality as the outside garden area. One of Carole’s collections (she calls it an obsession) is houses for her Christmas villages. They have it arranged so that some are their “rural” areas and some are the “city” areas. The opening photo for this post shows one of the country scenes.
In a separate room is the “city.”
Everywhere you look in their home you’ll find another little cluster of Christmas houses and a created winter scene.
There is even a Mr. Snowman to greet us.
I enjoy visiting other people’s Christmas trees, since I prefer not to set up one myself.
It’s hard to say which pet is my favorite, but I’d probably have to say it is Cookie.
They have two other cats, Linus and T.C., who barely tolerate each other. Here they have just finished facing off and now want to come in. Linus is the ginger colored one on the left.
Then there is Buffalo, who is almost as big as one. Don’t let him step on your foot or you’ll end up with a broken toe!
Many of our members were either away for the holidays or were sick. All I can say is they missed out on some good food and fellowship. Here is a group picture, courtesy of Charles Tobias, who set the camera timer, then dashed to stand behind everyone. If you look closely, you’ll see him peeking out under the blue ornament hanging from the ceiling.
This is Lava Lily wishing everyone a Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas), even though it’s a few weeks late.