The first snowfall, and a wind chill factor of -12c at our daughter's home in Canada. That was yesterday...
But now, they are winging their way across the world to join us for a few weeks.
Of course, my favourite cross-stitch is up on the wall for the Christmas season.
Mr Red Cardinal and I have been mighty busy these past few weeks.
I found these cute stacking chairs for little people at our local Cheap Shoppe - only $7 each...
|Star Wars plastic tablecloth - seems essential..|
Years ago I bought this tin tray at a Thrift Shop for 50 cents.
I still love it. Old Christmas pictures have a charm which seems missing in much of today's festive decor.
Nativity scenes and angels are increasingly hard to find, and even Santa Claus is becoming rare.
I searched everywhere for an Advent Calendar for the children, including online. The only ones I found in Australia are completely secular, with themes from movies and popular culture. Surely the whole point of an Advent Calendar is the lead up to the Christmas feast of the Nativity of Christ?
I made some Goodie bags for arrival, including Summer pyjamas ...
It was 38c hereabouts today, a November record for heat.
The little Canadians are really going to notice that!
Little Aussie will be here too, to welcome them to Australia.
It has been many years since the whole family has gathered together in one place.
I am so thankful to be able to celebrate with them, including my birthday next week, a 'significant' milestone...
I've been working on a pure linen, pink and white floral birthday dress, using a Butterick nostalgic reprint of an early 1960s style...
Our agapanthus garden had to be cut down, in the interests of child safety.
This garden now looks like a field of stubble.
But it will grow back again next year...
and we have to be mindful of the brown snakes which can lurk in there.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers.
Enjoy your festivities, and those delicious pumpkin pies.
I join you in gratitude for my beautiful family.
Stay well, and be cool.