New Farm Park, Brisbane

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12.12.12 at 12:00

On the 12.12.12. at 12:00 noon I was at a Christmas lunch with my friends from the U3A Walking for Fitness group. It was held at June and Kevin's house. They are the leaders of the group and take us on 2 hour walks every Thursday morning at 6:30. Kevin leads us on many different winding and hilly tracks through Daisy Hill Forest. He doesn't dawdle either but sets a good pace.

Unfortunately, I only had my little camera with me and I made a hash of the photos.
 June, second from left sitting, and Kevin far right are also splendid hosts.

 A delicious salmon pate and a cheese ball for starters, followed by a scrumptious ham and turkey salad, which I forgot to photograph.

 Fran explains a secret santa game. We all brought a small gift relevant to walking or camping.
 Then we drew a number out of the hat. When Fran called the number we chose a gift from the table and opened it and left it in front of ourselves visible to everybody. The person with the next number called could choose to take a gift from the table OR take one opened in front of anyone else.  The person who lost their gift had to go on the end of the list to choose another one and so on and so on.
 It was loads of fun and I ended up with a great little waterproof pack to clip on my belt when walking in rain. Fits my little camera well. 

Then it was time for a selection of mouth watering desserts.
Thanks to June and Kevin and all the good company for a nice time.

Now I need to go on a long walk to lose all the food overload.

25 comments:

  1. your hosts did a brilliant job for everyone - they are the people that 'make things happen'; well done. Nice pics Diane!

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  2. A great Christmas party, ones at people's homes are always the best. Haven't been involved in that kind of Secret Santa... different!

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  3. Seems like a grand party. Gives me hope that my life will be interesting when I get older.

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  4. Diane.
    Please refrain from showing off these epicurean delights. You should know by now how upset I get?
    Great to know that the 12/12/12/12/12 and the seconds 12 passed before we all went somewhere, now we have to await the 21st, I have a funny feeling that we will see the 22nd, and the "dear Lord Jesus" will not appear at my door. Good God, I think if He appeared at my door, I would die of shock, the things that you see on some blogs????
    What did little Oliver say/sing ? "Food glorious food, hot sausage and mustard" - hope that is right???
    You and your "salmon pate" have ruined my night, thanks, mate.
    Oops can't say mate, in one stupid area of Australia - stupid so-called ruling by overpaid idiot bureaucrats this terminology is taboo! Dman these twits and full steam ahead, OK "Mate"?
    Cheers
    Colin

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  5. Diane, what a fun Christmas party. I like the gift game. The food looks yummy too. Have a happy day and week ahead.

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  6. Looks like everyone had a good time, that's a new take on secret santa. Cheers

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  7. What a delightful day you had with your friends Diane. Lots of laughs at that table! Those desserts look scrumptious :D)

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  8. What a terrific party and I'm stealing the choc strawberries on satay sticks idea to use here....

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  9. Sounds like you had a great time and the food looks fantastic. I love salmon pate so I would of been standing there to see if I could have had second and thirds :-) Keep well Diane

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  10. I love the display of strawberries in the glasses. and that way of opening the gifts is what we did for our sunday school party. it is so much fun. everyone around the table looks so happy. the hike should be after the party LOL

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  11. The santa game is fun indeed and the food looks AMAZING!

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  12. What a treat Dianne. I didn't realise the significance of the date until I heard the news this morning when they were talking about the number of people getting married today. What happened to me today? Well I received my membership card and details of all the local clubs from U3A. However I doubt any will live up to your social activities.

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  13. How beautiful, Diane. Your posts are always so nice, I feel as though I am there. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  14. Sounds like a brilliant Thursday morning plan Diane, keeping fit and enjoying good company at the same time, doesn't get much better than that..oh well there is the food, that's a bit of all right too, especially dessert!!

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  15. That must have been a lot of fun and the food looks delicious !
    2 h walking every Thursday morning at 6.30, doesn't Bill go on strike ? Mr. G. would send me to hell !

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  16. You always are having so much fun! :)
    I admire everyone's fortitude to go walking at 6:30 in the morning.
    Now if I just had one of those chocolate covered strawberries...

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  17. What a wonderful way to celebrate all those twelves! The food looks delicious, and the company like lots of fun. We used to play a similar Christmas gift game at work...so much laughter ensued that everyone had a great time.

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  18. Thanks for sharing what was clearly a fun occasion Diane. Your host & hostess are clearly gifted in the culinary stakes too!

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  19. I meant to watch for 12:12, 12:12:12 on my computer at work but I forgot. I wasn't surrounded by luscious food either. So my day wasn't as good as yours!

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  20. your party looks like lots of fun. at twelve minutes past twelve and twelve seconds yesterday, the twelfth of the twelfth two thousand and twelve i had a group hug with our staff at the library desk. it was very special. :)

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  21. Looks wonderful! But the dessert table looks best of all ...

    Please link up a kangaroo post if you have one - I'm trying to make my K for Kangaroo post to be a resource for people who find it via google!

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  22. This sounds like a wonderful get- together with lots of good fellowship and good food. It sounds as if you got a great gift from Santa.

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  23. Sounds like the food and the company were both very good! I love that you're all wearing your paper crowns. We do that on Christmas Eve.

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  24. Fun party, great food, good folks, what more can you ask? Oh yes, the luck and memories of being with these lovely people at that auspicious moment in time. -- I've played that game before but called a "White elephant exchange" where people bring silly gifts (some can get a bit ribald)...I like it better the way your hosts did it, with the possibility that you might actually be able to USE the present.

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  25. Diane,
    Well you are certainly blessed with good friends, good times,and good food!

    Good for you! Happy holidays to you and TOH! :)

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