Tag Archives: Christmas

Notes on December 21

It’s the solstice, that time of year when the days here are long. I’ve just looked it up and here in Adelaide we get over 4 more hours of daylight now than at midwinter. The sun doesn’t set till 8.30 … Continue reading

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Deck the halls

December is a bit weird here – it’s summer, the days are long and hot (this week fearfully, frighteningly so), but Christmas is coming, so there is plenty of ‘snow’ and ‘ice’ about too, as befits a holiday that originated … Continue reading

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Christmas flowers (hint: not holly)

It’s funny how we here in the southern summer have so completely taken on northern hemispherical ideas about Christmas – the snow and wintry looks to so many cards, the Christmas decorations daubed with pretend snow and the ‘frosted’ trees. … Continue reading

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Having a red hot go at the Carols night

The last school term of the year is often a whirlwind of community activity and a culmination of the year’s work and action. There is a constant stream of fairs, fetes, expos, end-of-year events, break-ups, Christmas shows, school concerts, graduations, office … Continue reading

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Mary’s point of view

I went to breakfast earlier in the week with the story writing group and Nel read us a poem from Mary’s point of view in anticipation of Christmas. It’s terrific (quirky, funny, a little poignant even) and so I am reproducing it … Continue reading

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Cherry Christmas

It’s hard to imagine a Christmas here, a summer, without cherries. They turn up early and, along with the Pageant, seem to anticipate the festivities. We always have them on Christmas day – I remember very early Christmases at my … Continue reading

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Autumn treats

It is a gorgeous time of year – the days shortening, but the skies still clear and the air fresh. I enjoyed the early mornings in Auburn, walking with dad first thing, and being amazed at the birds screeching everywhere … Continue reading

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Summer holidays – a nostalgia-fest

It’s almost the end of the school holidays and kids will be going back to school next week. Folk are drifting back to work after their Christmas breaks, and I have caught up with Richard and Sarah from CHO, and heard … Continue reading

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Finding peace

It is almost Christmas, and these trees (red flowering gum) are blossoming all over the place. It’s a funny old time of year – lots to do and lots of pressure – hopefully all towards the cause of happy times and … Continue reading

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A little bit of light

I ran into Wendy and Connie a few weeks ago, doing a ‘pop-up’ event at Colonnades, making clay lanterns with passing children and adults. The plan was to make 100 altogether and then to use them at community events, starting … Continue reading

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