There's a sharp intake of breath each morning as I draw back the curtains - the rowan tree is so beautiful!
I've been having my morning cuppa at this window lately to make the most of it.
There is a tradition in Highland Scotland that the rowan tree brings luck (luckan rowan) and keeps evil at bay (particulary witches!) - this is my neighbour's tree, but I think it probably protects us too. It is sorbus sargentiana, a very handsome specimen.
(Shhh...today I looked at the box of wrapping paper and Christmas cards - just a quick look, and just so that I know what I have got, then back to the out-of-the-way cupboard....)