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Flies, Floods and Festivities

I'm rather pleased with our Christmas this year! Thanks to our friends Down Under and the warm weather. I salute you all!
Of course that's an "Aussie salute" to also shoo the flies away. Melbourne is experiencing a weird summer with a fly plague. We've just had the warmest Christmas in eighteen years followed by flash flooding in Melbourne.
Here are a few of my favourite pictures from our Christmas 
at the beach on the Mornington Peninsula: We do have the nicest friends, who knowing we were overseas until just before Christmas, fill up our fridge with all sorts of wonderful goodies, make a girdle buster ice cream pudding, and arrive bringing with them the turducken; turkey, with duck and chicken, cooked to perfection on their barbecue. 
On account of it being bleedin' hot, I instigated a 
TOB - Total Oven Ban. 
So salads were mostly the order of the day. 
Which caused a few problems with the must-have roast potatoes and parsnips. 
Cooked, or should I say incinerated, on th…

I'll be home for Christmas (or not)

Well here we have it the Final Countdown Don't you find it funny the way you think in songs at this time of year?  I think it's all that surreptitious brainwashing of Christmas background music!

The one song that I keep have going round in my head is:

'I'll be home for Christmas You can plan on me'
Which is a bit of a joke in our family. In fact last week  all five of us were in different countries, on four different continents!
It's not the first time we need a spreadsheet to work out where everyone is!


'Please have snow and mistletoe 
And presents on the tree' 

Well snow is a big ask for the Australian crowd as it's going to be a hot one.  A top of 35 degrees celsius (95°F) in Melbourne, Adelaide will be the hottest city in the world!
It's similar to last year when summer rules apply If it can't be cooked on the barbecue forget it,  it's turkey and some posh salads. Here's what happened to the chocolates!


We don't really do presents, so that'…

Christmas Card Exchange

Can you imagine what a nightmare it must be when your blog is called Fairy Bluebells Craft Adventure and your drawn  with Little Wandering Wren for Amy's annual Christmas Card swap? 
Well fortunately we ended up being beautifully matched because there is nothing I like better  than a traditional English snowy Christmas card. Here is Debbie's card below. Thank you Debbie it has been lovely to meet you here.

They say past behaviour predicts future behaviour  so poor Debbie drew the short, and rather long distance expensive straw,  when she was allocated an Australian blogger with as much crafting talent as a rock.
We're not talking an Uluru, Ayers Rock sort of a rock, and yep I reckon you could count on one hand the amount of craft posts I have done...

I'm not exactly sure what I was thinking to add in Christmas card making into the mix  of packing up and leaving Australia. Except that it seemed like a lovely idea! Zen Wren here I come.
When, I couldn't believe my l…

Oh Christmas Tree!

Christmas trees I've seen a few,  but rarely has a Christmas tree stopped me in my tracks  quite like the one at the Sofitel, Bangkok Sukhumvit. Wow, it is delightful.

 It's hard to get a decent photo amidst the busy foyer entrance but I don't remember a Christmas tree that has me drawn me in, wandering round and around, like this one!

Every where you look there is something interesting. From the choice of books 'Beautiful Youth' to the rich luxurious cushions, candles and gifts just waiting to be unwrapped...

Just look at the detail, can you spot the reading glasses? They've used hundreds of books through out the hotel.

Of course on top there is something special Not a tired old fairy, or a wobbly star, but a whole black chandelier. So tall, it almost reaches the foyer ceiling lights. Oh the fun they must have had designing this tree! 

The book theme is central to the Sofitel's Christmas decorations and the staff are all happy to tell you the story of a young boy William, wh…

Dogs N Grog

Tis the season to be jolly!
We're looking forward to another ocean beach Christmas.
It's casual, relaxed affair. Just us, our friends and four dogs!


There is a wonderful 'Dogs N Grog' Christmas tradition in our Melbourne park. 
All the dog owners are invited for festive drinks in the park with their pooches. 
The beauty of a summer Christmas.

It's a casual chaotic affair by all accounts - bring a bottle and a dog or two.
It pretty much sums up how our Christmas will be.



And the really good news is that I've found the gin,  goodness knows where the brandy's gone and sherry forget it.
So proud was I of my gin find, I decided to make a feature of it. What do you think? I'm not doing much (read anything) in the way of Christmas decorations...
So I was rather proud of this effort - hic! Well, I'm just about to fly to Bangkok for a weeks house hunting,
and we're not having Christmas here in Melbourne anyway.
I know, excuses, excuses!

By the time we eventu…

No music, no dancing, no alcohol!

1. Welcome to our Aussie Summer!

Yep we're officially in Summer and it feels good.
The house is quiet. With University over, the kids are away,
and this empty nester is free as a bird!



2. Daughter Number Two has been in Cuba this week celebrating the end of Uni life. This is her latest text:"Cuba is amazing, but has become a strange place as they are mourning the death of Fidel Castro. No music, no dancing, no alcohol'
How many of you are like me, worry wart parents, when your kids are travelling? Well, doesn't this just sound perfect to you? It did to me!
3. I would love to travel to Cuba, if we can get there quickly! She writes: "You must come to Cuba, it is fascinating and I keep thinking you would all enjoy it. It is safe and everyone is friendly and until Fidel's death there was a fun Caribbean vibe. Lots of history, pretty and an interesting way of life."

Of course we wrote back "no music, no dancing, no alcohol, no way!"





4. We're not doing t…