Christmas Rose by BlueMoonRose

242 views, 6 favourites, 24 October 2012
The weather here, in the North-East of England, has been exceptionally mild for the time of year, resulting in two beautiful “Sugar Pink” roses blooming on Christmas Day. I usually just leave roses on the bushes or vines, but I did not want to push my luck, as a frost the next night could have easily killed off these delicate beauties, so I brought them in, but took a shot of this one on my piano keyboard, before putting them in a vase. Featured in CEE’S ARTSY FUN FRIENDS on 9 January 2012, in ONE SINGLE FLOWER ON DISPLAY on 15 January 2012 and in INDOOR_YOUR LIVING SPACE on 11 February 2012

My life is divided between teaching Music and Photography. The instruments I play are organ, piano, clarinet and saxophone. I taught German and Spanish before my retirement, but since I got my digital camera no longer have time for them!

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  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 3 years ago

    looks lovely, a bit somber:)

  • Thank you, Lisa. I think it might have just been the indoor lighting. The hues in natural light are lighter and more delicate, but I was very glad of it. Roses (unless shop bought) are very rare in our part of the world in December. It is called “Sugar Pink” and, as the rose opens, the pink comes to the fore and the yellow fades into the background. I am hoping that the tree might produce another bloom or two before the snows come!

    – BlueMoonRose

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajover 3 years ago

    Wow! Perfect in all aspect!

  • Thank you, Ana.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 3 years ago


  • Thank you, Cheryl.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 3 years ago


  • Thank you, Guendalyn.

    – BlueMoonRose

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Thank you, Sylvia.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Beautiful !
    Your weather must be really mild for the time of year to produce this beauty !

  • Thank you, Trish. At this moment in time a strong wind is lashing the window panes with rain, so I don’t think we’ll be getting any more roses now until the summer!

    – BlueMoonRose

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejover 3 years ago

    really so beautiful…..

  • Thank you, Linda.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • virginian
    virginianover 3 years ago

    So beautiful!

  • Thank you, Judy.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • vette
    vetteover 3 years ago

    This is an absolutely stunning image, the colors, the softness of the petals, and the piano keys all come together so nicely.

    Where abouts in the North East of England are you from? I come from Middlesbrough. Emigrated to Canada in 1975.

  • Thank you so much for your kind comment, Susan. I hail from South Shields, at the mouth of the River Tyne, and have spent most of my life in this part of the country. We lived in Yorkshire for a couple of years, when my husband was in the R.A.F., and spent four very happy months at Acomb on the outskirts of York, which I loved, but then the R.A.F., in its dubious wisdom, moved us out to Church Fenton, which was very isolated – only five trains and two buses a day – and it was a three mile hike along unlit country lanes to the railway station, so I was less than delighted. Kind regards, Kathryn

    – BlueMoonRose

  • vette
    vetteover 3 years ago

    So are you still out in Church Fenton, or have you moved on from there. I know what you mean about isolation, not something you want to deal with. My husband when he worked for the Bank of Montreal was forever being offered positions in outlying areas within Canada, and I looked at the situation and said this is not for us. Kids having to move schools, myself having to move to an isolated area, and not wanting to do so, higher house prices etc. so we said no, maybe to his detriment, but you have to look at your own life and how moving will affect you and your family’s future. Hope all goes well for you and that the future holds new friendships along the way. susan

  • No, we have been back in South Shields for a long time now and are settled here. You were wise to resist moving. I greatly regretted our move to London, where we lived for five years. It was fine for us, but the capital is no place to bring up a family, unless you can afford to live on the outskirts, where the price of property was prohibitive even then, so we had to live in the inner city with all the crime and polution. An awful culture shock, as we had been living in a seaside village with a house a stone’s throw from the cliff edge! Stay in touch! Kind regards, Kathryn

    – BlueMoonRose

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