Truthful Tuesday: 30 November

Of course, it is Wednesday 1 December here in Australia but in parts of the USA it’s probably still Tuesday and time for PCGuyiv’s weekly challenge question.

Frank’s question today is this: Whatever holidays you may celebrate this time of year, how ready for them are you?

These days we don’t have very much to prepare for Christmas. I used to send and receive loads of Christmas Cards, now I probably send less than half a dozen by snail mail. It’s a bit sad. I used to love to go to the Charity Card Shop in Hobart (and Adelaide before that) and pick them out. I miss having a bunch of them on the mantels too. eCards are not really quite the same.

I have done most of my gift buying but still have a parcel to post next week. I haven’t made my Christmas Cake or pudding yet. That will also happen next week, I think. Shopping for Christmas food and making mince pies and other Christmas goodies will happen closer to the day. I am trying to source fruit mince as the supermarket doesn’t have the brand I like at present.

mince pies

I love to decorate the house but I don’t like to put the tree up too early. In the old days when we had a pine branch it would be dried up and dropping needles everywhere within a week or two so putting a tree up in early December or November as some do was impractical in an Adelaide summer. I designated the weekend before Christmas as a good time to decorate and I have more or less stuck to that even though we now use an artificial tree. Everything comes down around 4th of January too.

Some of our Christmas Decorations

Sadly, there will be no Christmas Parade in Wynyard this year. It’s my third Christmas here and I still haven’t seen it. I’m told it used to be really good. There are other Christmas events on around town but I don’t expect to be able to get to many of them. We are going to a Christmas dinner for the volunteers at the Visitor Centre next week and the following week I think there is a function at Don River Railway where Naomi volunteers.

Christmas Day will be spent at home with a home cooked meal like last year and presents for us and the pets.

Just before we ate lunch on Christmas Day.

So, there is nothing really urgent to do just yet. I’ll be ready.



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.

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