Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Years Eve

New Years Eve.

An early morning walk.

Some shopping today amongst the crowds.

A visit to the library.

A quiet afternoon reading,

with perhaps a bit of snoozing.

And an outing this evening to see


which we loved.

Then home to see the 9.00pm Sydney fireworks.

Looking back, it's been a bit of a tough year.

Bring on 2014, I say.

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Lazy Days

Not much happening here.

The most energetic thing I've done

was to make up some laundry liquid,

and that was only out of necessity.

Mostly I've been reading

my new books,

lovely Christmas presents.

Thinking a lot about wholefoods.

But eating good leftovers for now. 

Taking it easy,

and loving it.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas recap

A lovely Christmas.

Santa bags and presents early in the morning.


Morning tea with Steve's parents.

Dinner and presents with most of my family.

Home for a quiet evening.

And now, let the relaxation begin!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

25th December

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you much joy as you celebrate 

the birth of Christ!



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve goodness

Last night the temperature dropped.

We all baked Christmas cookies.

Even Steve.

This morning I found two black prince cicadas 

on the front fence.

After dropping Emily at work,

I baked potatoes for our big Christmas dinner

at my parents' tomorrow.

which smells amazing;

custard and a capoko cake

(carrot, pear & choko);

and was thankful for the cool weather

as I was busy in the warm kitchen.

Santa has just driven by, 

courtesy of our local Rural Fire Service

... so now it really feels like Christmas Eve!

The turkey is in the oven for our own 

(not so) little Christmas Eve Dinner tonight.

Time to set the table, 

bake some veges,

light the candles,

sing carols,

and enjoy being together,

all the year's work done.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Oh the weather outside is frightful ...

... but before you imagine pretty snow scenes, 

let me tell you how it really is.

overcast, muggy, and 36 degrees C (96degF).

We are hunkered down here,

blinds shut

against the heat and the cicadas 

- air-conditioning 

and Christmas carols blasting -

and I'm getting started on last-minute

baking and cooking.

Apricot & Nut Balls

and  Chocolate truffles

for gifts;

baked potatoes,

GF/DF Christmas pudding substitute

 and DF custard

to take on Christmas Day.

I bought the last supplies this morning,

it took almost as long to find a spot for the car

as it took to shop in the crowds.

Emily is working in the toy shop

for 6 hours today and tomorrow,

poor her, it is a very hot shop.

Yesterday we girls enjoyed a swim at our

church Christmas party,

and Laura has had more swimming 

at a friend's house overnight.

 The weather is supposed to change tonight,

so Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be cooler,

and probably wet.

If so, we will enjoy some cooler nights

and my plants might survive the summer.

But ... it is Christmas in Australia, after all.

(Photos are of a few of the cards I made this year,
mostly using Stampin' Up! products
- funny how snow and snowflakes are a constant theme)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Peace on Earth - Wonderful Blessing

One of my favourite Stampin' Up! stamps this year

is the Wonderful Blessing stamp

Here I used it to fill a cute frame.

I love that the name of the stamp

reminds me of the wonderful blessing

that it was for God to send His Son 

to a dark and needy world.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas in the City

Last night we headed to the city to see the Christmas sights.

I hadn't seen the David Jones windows for years.

David Jones is celebrating 175 years this year and the displays
were about the store over the years.

Every character was a moving mechanical marionette.
(so much fishing line!!)

The toy department, with a row of marching soldiers

 The food hall with busy chefs

The staff Christmas choir 

A royal visit, Santa and mail order

didn't get to see this one close-up,
not sure what the elephant is about!

People moving up the escalators!

and a ball, complete with jazz band.

All very impressive and most amusing;
and bringing back memories
of the year I worked in the Elizabeth St building
as a Christmas casual, way back in 1990 (?)

Then we headed across the road to Hyde Park.

There was a guy playing fun Christmas music 
on beer bottles and drum.

It was a hot night,

good weather for an outdoor picnic
by the Christmas tree ...

until it started to thunder and rain!

Emily tried to capture a flash of lightning with her camera

and we sheltered under the trees
to eat the rest of our cold fried rice.

Then down Pitt St

Through the Strand Arcade

to Martin Place

to see the tree there, complete with people's texted messages
displayed in lights

Then onto the tree in the Queen Victoria Building
which is loaded with Swarovski crystals and lights.

Our final stop was the Town Hall,
lighted up with changing projected images,

before grabbing some cold treats 
and jumping onto a train home
to a very hot house.