The Night Before Christmas

Here in Australia, we are amongst the first people in the world to celebrate Christmas. As we get up on Christmas morning our British and European readers will be seeing out Christmas Eve at home, with friends or maybe at Midnight Mass. Some of you will quite likely already be asleep. Our friends in Canada, the USA and South America will be hours away from Christmas, yours may be beginning as ours winds down.

Some of our Christmas Decorations

Christmas is a little weird for us this year. First one in a new house for me. Naomi has to work until lunchtime I think so we are not spending it together. It’s a three and a half hour drive to Sisters Beach from Oatlands and she has to work again the following day. Consequently, we celebrated Christmas on her last weekend off. We put up the decorations, exchanged gifts, had the roast dinner and Christmas pudding that we normally have, ate mince pies and way too many of our favourite Quality Street chocolates. It was lovely but it has completely mucked up my sense of time as I feel like Christmas is over before it has even begun.

Just before we sat down to our early Christmas lunch.

I plan to cook myself a proper Christmas meal though and I saved some mince pies and Christmas pudding. I’ll probably spend the day watching Christmas movies and catching up with friends and family via the phone or internet.

Angels by the Nativity

Anyway, wherever you are and whether you are celebrating Christmas or not I wish you every good thing for Christmas and the New Year. Naomi and I appreciate you reading and commenting on our stories and pictures and we hope to continue sharing with you all next year.

As Tiny Tim would say “God Bless Us Every One.”



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. Today is cooking day. We finally agreed on cheesecake. Lacking mince pie (Garry’s favorite, but NO ONE carries it anymore, not even the filling), we all like cheese cake. I’m making chili for tonight and there’s lamb for tomorrow. Little gifts: slippers for Owen, pajamas for Garry. Kaity already GOT a computer and one computer is enough for one year. And Garry got my Leica.

    It’s a quiet day. The squirrels knocked down one of the feeders. I’m going to have to replace it. It’s been so banged up, I think it doesn’t properly attach anymore. Too many falls to the ground two stories below.

    Whatever you are doing, have fun!!!!!


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