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I woke to fog… and no rain, on my birthday. And while it did not get sunny, at least the showers kept to a minimum and we enjoyed afternoon tea on the deck outside. Even the neighbours interrupted their mopping up actions for an hour or so to join us for a piece of cake and a cup of tea.

It wasn’t the most joyous day ever as we were all aware of the people still suffering south and west of us, where the water was still on its determined way down to wreak havoc with their lives. Yet the day held hope that it would now get better, dry out, that even the sun would show its face again soon.

Some welcome sunshine today, allowing to get some washing done and dry and some pizza dough to rise. Yeast dough is so much better when it has had some sun to warm up in.

The occasion to cook was a lovely dinner meeting at a friend’s house: Everyone brings a dish and we end up with a meal from different corners of the world. My Provençal and Tuscan Kale and Feta Pizzas were the appetisers alongside a good dry Champagne, an Indian lentil soup entrée followed, then an Asian ginger spiced baked salmon main and a vegan banana cake for dessert. The conversation was entertaining, the laughter was refreshing and the evening very enjoyable for all.

Have to do this again sometime soon… I so enjoy a small jovial group of interesting people around a dinner table…

 

Sunshine!

Not confident yet, but it’s there. A perfect day to do the washing, get it dry and help out a bit with weeding at the school permaculture garden, mow the lawns and go for a well-deserved swim in a friend’s pool.

Since they are away on holiday, we had to fight our way through the tall grass and squelchy ground to the pool. But the water was wonderful, the view great and the kids and their friends had a great time playing outside for a change.

What a mood lifter!

Today we drove a friend to the Emergency Dental Clinic in Caloundra.

It was our first time out further than 20km from home since Christmas. We did a bit of shopping and then stopped for coffee and milkshakes on the way home in Maleny.

The rain held off mostly – we only encountered drizzle, but it was noticeable how much the roads had taken a beating over the last few weeks – the road near Maleny is hard to find among all the potholes.

I’m confident the weather is easing now a bit – even if we can expect more rain, the worst might be over. At least that seems to be the message my seedlings send – they’re waiting to re-populate a devastated and almost empty vegetable garden.

Traditionally we, as a family, spend the morning of Christmas Day at the beach while all those of the English persuasion do their eating and gift-giving, but not this year.

We watched the rain fall, we thought of those who had to leave their homes at this time due to flooding, and followed old-fashioned indoor pursuits like playing games and doing puzzles.

We ate more shortbreads than were good for us, but luckily me and the kids got to ride our bikes in a rare break from showers – just around the extended block to visit and greet a few friends and neighbours. The uphill way to get to everyone was enough exertion in the high humidity to make us sweat and be glad to arrive back home via the downhill part of the circuit in the end.

Summer Solstice in the rain…

We had a traditional friends lunch today on my verandah – while it rained outside.

Those who come from Northern climates (eg: Darwin) sat at the table wrapped in scarves and thick jumpers, warming their hands over candle flames. The rest of us ate and drank (mostly tea) to keep warm.

What a contrast to our previous years’ get-togethers when we would huddle in shady areas, lightly dressed, sipping cold drinks to keep cool. This summer is promising to be a wet one, I just emptied another 176mm of water out of the rain gauge.

Maybe two days ago was summer? I’m glad we went out for a walk then or we would have missed it!

Today was a glorious day. The sky was
clear, the air was dry, the sun warm and
we enjoyed an evening walk to wish neighbours and friends a happy Christmas.

The children came away with the best
treasure: A gorgeous home-made ginger-
bread house. I took a picture as I suspect
it won’t stay this whole for long.

On the way home we marvelled at
the gorgeous full moon rising into
a cloudless sky.

An absolutely beautiful day.

Covered in sugary snow… and smarties.

A day of getting things done. Appointments and shopping in town, a little time in between for coffee and getting home in time for the end of school and to have a pot of herb tea with a friend.

I had to remember to water the vegetable garden at the end of the day – I felt like putting my feet up and relaxing… Maybe the fact that daylight starts early now and I tend to be up by 5am makes me feel tired in the evening.

There is one day a year here when everyone talks about horses, racing and fashion.

It’s Melbourne Cup Day today, and wherever you turn, horses pop up – in conversation, in the media. I find it quite strange…

Well, not really everyone, because I do know some sane people and some of them came over tonight to eat, chat and watch the slide show from my Uluru trip.

It was a great opportunity to re-visit the trip and the memories. Because I took so many pictures, even though I ‘only’ showed about 800 of them, I was quite concerned that I was boring everyone. Everyone seemed quite pleased though – which made me happy.

At the end of the day I lost half my lights – the safety switch got tripped and we could not find the light switch that did it. But I’ll have to look into that tomorrow and probably get an electrician in.

A friend of mine from down south is visiting for a while.

Queensland holds the promise of warm weather for sun-starved southerners.

We try to live up to the reputation and today we both enjoyed a coffee on the sunny Maleny sidewalk and the lovely sunset through the palm trees hid the fact we still have winter here.

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