By Chris R.
The weeks leading up to Christmas were a hive of activity in the Valley. Aside from organising our biggest summer fundraiser, Carols in the Valley, we were busy running the last of our tours for the year, keeping animals cool with the early onset of the summer heat and getting ready for fire season. But between all the necessary tasks, we did get time for some festive fun with the animals and with friends and family.
This year our tiny outdoor Christmas tree was a small Albany woolly bush (Adenanthos cyngorum). These gorgeous Australian natives are highly bird attracting and the soft foliage is enjoyed by kangaroos and possums – a must for wildlife friendly gardens! We found this little one at our local Bunnings store, complete with decorations, for a very reasonable price.
Decorating the house was easy with festive flowers and foliage from the garden, our favourites included the buds of the fuschia gum (Eucalyptus forrestiana) and flowers of the robin red breast (Melaleuca lateritia) which brightened up the kitchen with its glorious reds and greens.
It was a first Christmas for many Valley residents, including Eugene ram and Peter, April and Judy lambs. They were fascinated by the red santa hat doing the rounds and definitely enjoyed the boxes of Weetbix gifted to the Sanctuary by our wonderful supporters.
We hope everyone had a safe and happy Christmas and a very happy new year and we are looking forward to sharing our Sanctuary adventures with you all in 2020!