Tuesday, December 27, 2016

COOL CHRISTMAS


On a dewy, soft Christmas morn, we awoke to find a pair of King Parrots visiting our deck. Shy, brilliantly coloured birds, they come rarely....
and chose the perfect occasion.  They flew around, had breakfast from our bird feeder, and generally looked like part of the Christmas decorations.



 There were a few showers -
at 25c maximum, it was Brisbane's coolest Christmas in 40 years.
And I loved it...


We had a wonderful day, filled with the joy of children's excitement..
Santa had found the Canadian visitors here in Australia!


Most of my photos came out blurred, such was the action and excitement in our living room...



Little Aussie looks pleased..


Our new grand-puppy joined in the festivities..







More visitors arrived... 
 we had a big family lunch around the extended dining table.

Prawns, glazed ham, chicken and lots of beautiful salads, followed by our Christmas plum pudding and wonderful individual pavlovas made by lovely G.






Lego Ice Lady - with little silver cape. 'Frozen' influence knows no bounds.

OPI from dear V, 
and Mr C spoiled and surprised me with the latest book about Frida Kahlo.




A perfect new handbag...
well played Mr C.



Love my Canadian songbirds 2017 calendar, and gorgeous dish towel -
too perfect for washing up, probably should become a cushion methinks...





The Festival of Pink Bags continued with a delicate pale pink bag from W&G -
Love it!



Took it along on a family excursion to Southbank:




The males in our family seem impressed by 1 William Street, the recently opened  Government building in Brisbane. 
But to me it is completely out of proportion to our city buildings, architecturally ugly and unimaginative.  Will I be sent to the Tower?
Thoughts?

Enjoy the post-Christmas lull, time for board games, leftovers, family and friends.

XXXX









24 comments:

  1. Love the King parrots, what a nice surprise!
    Please tell me that you have seen the movie "Frida" with Selma Hayek. It is a very good one! If you have not seen it, please do so, you will love it, I know!
    Now, you really make me want to have a Christmas in Australia!

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    1. Yes Kay, I have seen Frida several times, first when it came out, and most recently - on our flight home from Ireland :) Christmas in Australia certainly is different from the Northern Hemisphere - our little Canadians are swimming in the pool today, right after breakfast!

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  2. Oooo, all of the Christmas treats look delicious! I love the colorful King Parrots. And what a lovely pink bag, Trish. Little Assie is getting tall. Happy family times!

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    1. Happy family times indeed, Debra. Hope you are enjoying the festive season, but what sad news re Carrie and Debbie. Loved them both!

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  3. I can see that you have all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas time - it is lovely that little Aussie is having the chance to really get to know his cousins and visa versa.
    Happy days, love the look of the Frida book, and your pink bags.

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    1. Seeing the cousins get together has certainly been a highlight of our Christmas holidays this year. We hope they will take more interest in skype conversations during the year. By the time they meet again, they could be teenagers.

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  4. What a well timed visit by the parrots, and perfect weather for all your activities and festivities. Lovely gifts, the book would be my fave, though I think that pale pink bag is also rather nice. The building though, like many modern mirrored things, does suffer a lack of charm.

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    1. Yes, I thought the parrots showed special social gifts, arriving on Christmas morning this way :)
      The Friday book is lovely, with lots of good illustrations, and I am enjoying reading it over the hols. Glad you agree re the charmless building...

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  5. Those parrots are beautiful, so nice they showed up for Christmas. You have some wonderful new treasures. I think everyone needs a new book under the Christmas tree. I agree that's a rather big blob of a building, LOL!

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year

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    1. Hi Darla, henceforth I call that building The Blob!! he he...

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  6. Patricia, I think those Parrots were there just for you, waiting to greet you on Christmas Day. They are beautiful. So glad you got to see your family on this special day. Little Aussie looks like he's having a great time opening his presents, and that puppy is darling in his red polka dot sweater. Look at all that Yummy food - the chocolate cake looks amazing. We also had a wonderful Christmas with all my family around.

    I hope the new year is a bright one for you, Patricia. And I look forward to more of your charming blog posts. They always make me smile.....and so do YOU!

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. Good morning Sheri, glad you liked my special bird visitors. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year in 2017....and lots more of your pretty blog posts to delight us all. ๐Ÿ˜

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  7. Happy New Year Patricia...Looks like you had a fabulous Christmas...
    So much fun with all the kiddies!
    Those Parrots are gorgeous...you sure have spectacular birds way down there!
    All the best in 2017... Hope it finds you in Canada again!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Happy New Year Linda. Yes, all was fabulous and now they are flying home, leaving us with lots of wonderful memories and photos. Hope to get over there in 2017. Cheers.

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  8. Happy New Year dear Patricia
    What a wonderful Christmas - all your gifts are special.
    I'm particularly interested in the new Frida Kahlo book - did you see her exhibition in Sydney? Maybe it was in Brisbane too. My cousin flew over for it and told me all about it.
    The pale pink bag looks like me. I'm so conservative with bags and shoes and I need to make a leap of faith into more colour this year ha ha!!!
    Hope all is well with you dear friend.
    love
    Shane x

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    1. Happy New Year dear Shane. All good over here, and we have enjoyed having the grandies here for a long visit. Sad to say goodbye today. Yes, I could see you with the pale pink bag - always associate you with the delicate roses :)
      The Frida book is interesting, and I particularly enjoy all the photos, as I know her story pretty well already. Did not get to the exhibition, although I also have spoken to someone who went. I have seen a bit of her work here and there in our travels - she was a great miniaturist, as lots of them as surprisingly tiny, with all that detail!
      Be well, and enjoy your busy times in 2017.
      love P. xx

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  9. Happy New Year Trish!! It looks like it was a wonderful holiday break for you! Same over here. Wonderful family and friends time, lots of good food, games and fun. I didn't want it to end. ;) Back to real life now. PS: I love your pink bags! Just lovely.

    I'm with you about the big building for the record. ;)
    Wishing you many blessings for 2017 my Friend!! xoxo

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    1. Happy New Year Carrie B. I hope you have a fantastic 2017, with lots of joy and happy family times. We did have an amazing six weeks with our daughter here, just dropped out of our usual routine and spent time with them. Back to reality today, and starting our diets :)
      Glad you are onboard re The Blob, he he xox

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  10. Hi Patricia, I'm just catching up and I see that you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and I'm so glad. I wish you all a very happy new year!

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    1. Hi Jennifer, Thanks for dropping by and glad you enjoyed. Happy New Year to you and your sweet family!

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  11. It both looks and sounds as if it was the most wonderful Christmas and one the Canadians will remember forever! Glad too that the weather cooperated. I thought the pavlovas were quite amazing, and the pink handbag quite wonderful and I wish we had pretty bright coloured little birds to sit on our balcony and look decorative! Happy new year to you!

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    1. Hello Jenny, and thank you for your lovely comment. It has certainly been a colourful and eventful six weeks, and we are now coming down to earth. Happy New Year to you too.

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  12. I'm sorry I couldn't catch up before, I've had this pesky flu for a week.

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    1. I love to see your little face any time, Jenny. Sorry re the flu - nothing worse at festive season time. Get well soon!

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