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.