Christmas Shenanigans

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A family photo at last!! (no matter how hard we tried Bailey would NOT turn around!!)

What a wonderfully busy family filled two weeks we have had. Our family from Switzerland joined us as well as Scotty, our ‘other’ son who shares a house with Tom and has been part of our Christmas morning for many years now.  All my pre conceived dreams of a country Christmas were fulfilled – a house full of people and chatter, a fridge full of food, a driveway full of cars and several eskies full of beer and wine! We somehow found beds for 10 people and despite the flies we managed a few evenings outside under the stars and during the day we were grateful for our large dining room and the veranda. It was made extra special by the fact we were celebrating Lauren’s engagement – a proposal from Berry on the 21st December enabled us to all celebrate together as a family and give our first Xmas in The Meadow an extra special flavour. As they hope to hold the wedding here we had an opportunity to discuss things before they head back to Hong Kong. Very special times for us all and we are very excited for the happy couple. Needless to say I am SUPER happy!!

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Congratulations beautiful daughter!!

As we had guests for 3-4 days we spread the Christmas deliciousness over a couple of days and had the big hot dinner on Xmas Eve night (this also happened to be the family patriarch’s 89th birthday) which was lovely. The room twinkled with the candles and fairy lights, some champers and big reds were consumed with many a toast for a happy Christmas, health and happiness for everyone and generally it was a lovely warm fuzzy evening.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We backed up the next day with an early morning swim at the beach before heading home to unwrap our prezziess and bake the ham. Today was the future son-in-law’s birthday and another reason to break open the bubbles. We ended up eating a very late seafood lunch before adjourning to the veranda for an afternoon of games of bocce and cricket.

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Beautiful unspoilt 7 mile beach

2015-12-25 17.40.39Tom – did you steal some of that ham????

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Merry Crimble everyone….
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The weather was perfect – 25 degrees and sunny – enabling us to enjoy a highly anticipated game of cricket. Cammo and Berry measured the pitch and then Cam mowed it nice and low – spray paint designated the crease and the whole family participated in the fielding. Bailey of course was by far the best out fielder as no-one had the energy to run across an acre to get the ball! Pop was the official umpire and I was the only injured party copping a ball just above the elbow from a rather apologetic son!

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Measuring and mowing the cricket strip….then …..

action!!

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So great that Pop could be with us for this special Christmas.

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A bit of furniture re-arranging to better enjoy the view and a few coldies….

2015-12-23 19.47.12 Sam popping the 1st of many bottles of bubbly to celebrate

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The table laid for Christmas Dinner

Now we are back to just three of us (plus the chocolate drop) and a steady stream of people popping by on the way to or from Sydney. I think we see more people down here than we did when we lived in the Big Smoke! We will be dropping the newly engaged one to Mollymook for NYE and we are continuing down to The Five Mile near Moruya to visit our dear friends. Hopefully next week the fridge will contain no more leftovers and the garbage bins will finally not be overflowing. The bottle recycling will have finished and the sheets/tea towels/napkins will have been washed and ironed ready for the next full house and Christmas 2015 will be a distant but fond memory. Another year has ended but for us it has been an amazing new adventure full of new friends, new experiences and new knowledge as we grapple with growing our own food amongst nature (my apricots were definitely more bird food than jam this year and the plums are heading in the same direction ). It is hard to think of living anywhere else now as we make our new life in The Meadow. Thanks to all of you for sharing it with us, I have been genuinely thrilled that so many of you have read this blog and I have thoroughly enjoyed writing it. In fact I have enjoyed it so much I have plans for a little writing project that I hope to be able to share with you all later in 2016!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year from The Meadow

“Live the Life you Love”

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