Merry Christmas

Just a quick post tonight to wish you all a Merry Christmas. Of course I know that some of you perhaps don’t celebrate Christmas but I do, not so much in the religious sense but as a tradition. At this time of year I like to send good wishes to my friends in the blogging community regardless of their faith or lack of.

I listened to the King’s speech, it felt a bit strange not to hear the voice of Queen Elizabeth. I admit that I didn’t listen to the Queen’s speech on Christmas Day every year but it was a comforting tradition to hear that familiar voice every year. Still I thought that King Charles made a good speech.

It’s after nine in the evening here. Not quite dark yet, we have long twilights in Tasmania in summer. The weather has been very nice. It was warm outside but not so hot that we couldn’t enjoy our Christmas lunch. We ate at home. I’d cooked roast lamb, just a 1kg boneless leg but more than enough for us, and roast turkey breast and we had lots of vegetables and baked potatoes. Quite a nice meal if I do say so myself. I should have taken a photo of the dining table but I was too busy cooking and serving the food and I forgot . I’ll have to show you last years lunch which was similar. The table was similar too except that this year we had a gold runner, serviettes and placemats.

A tasty Christmas meal.

My home made Christmas pudding came out perfectly too, possibly my best ever so I’m pleased. We haven’t had room to eat Christmas cake yet but maybe we’ll have some for supper.

I think half the gifts under the tree were for the pets. They were very lucky and received a lot of treats which will of course be rationed out over the next few weeks. Of course the dogs would have eaten them all today if we let them. We always buy pet presents. They are family after all.

Naomi bought me a five year journal amongst other things. The idea is that I write a couple of lines for each day of the next five years. I’ll be 70 when I finish it! It is a challenge. Will I be consistent and write every day? Will I be able to condense my thoughts into the three or four lines provided? I hope so. It will be interesting to look back on if I can keep it up. This is just how I felt when I started to blog, of course that was not a daily commitment so in a way this will be harder.

So that was my Christmas Day, a quiet time at home, very relaxing. Tomorrow, Boxing Day we plan to spend at home too enjoying hobbies. We have plenty of leftovers so I won’t have to cook.

I hope you are all having a wonderful day wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Merry Christmas



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. It has been a pretty nice holiday, so maybe is presages a better year to come? We live in eternal hope! Hugs and happy Christmas. We don’t get the King’s speech here, but we are not lacking for political nonsense. I think the King’s speech was probably better, no matter WHAT he said.


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