New Farm Park, Brisbane

Sunday, December 28, 2014

ITS ALL OVER RED ROVER

Christmas is over. We had a great time with our eldest daughter, Carol-Ann and her husband, David. They had just completed their four month world tour and they were only home, in Sydney, for one day before flying here to be with us and David's parents for Christmas.
Unfortunately, Sonya, Bernie and the grandchildren couldn't make it from LA but Skype is good.
 TOH (The Other Half) shows Carol how to make Swiss, Christmas cookies


We went for a walk along our street to see our neighbour's Christmas lights. Too many to put all here.



 Ours were a bit subdued in comparison. Minimalist, I call it.

We celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve like in Switzerland. This is convenient for the young ones, who can then celebrate with their other parents on Christmas Day.
We had delicious seafood and salads, prawns, Morton Bay Bugs (similar to crayfish) and a big baked Snapper fish. We ate inside in the air-conditioning as the temperature was over 30°C, instead of on the deck as usual. Carol and David found it very hot after spending a long time in the cold of the northern hemisphere.

 We had pavlova for desert.

On Boxing Day we always visit David's parents and have morning tea on the Bayside followed by lunch at their house.

 The tide was high and it was breezy.

It is SO good to have Carol-Ann home for Christmas. 

23 comments:

  1. so nice to have them return just in time. :)

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  2. I like your minimalist lights. Less is more. It sounds like it was a happy and satisfying Christmas. I had not noticed how much your daughter looks like you before, especially as you were in the PNG photos.

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  3. Those cookies look great. Glad you have a lovely time and could get together with family.

    We were camping over Christmas. I nice cool day so we could sit outside and just after the dishes were done it poured with rain so we had to spent the rest of the day snuggled up reading books. Caught up with some of the family in Boxing Day.

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  4. What a grand feast you had spread before you! Christmas Eve sounds good as it spreads the load. We had a buffet-style rather than load the main tables up too much. I can see how much you enjoyed having at least one of your girls home with you.

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  5. It was fun to see the outside of your house and the lights in your neighborhood. We got five inches of snow overnight so it looks a bit different here! Glad your daughter and SIL were able to be home with you for Christmas and that looks like a delicious meal!

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  6. Christmas lunch sounded divine, and that pavlova, yes please. So glad you had a lovely time . All the very best to you and Bill for a happy and healthy New Year. My goodness, hasn't this year just flown by. Cheers Diane.

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  7. And now - be warned William - the walking off of all that food intake!
    Surely William, you can't be doing a Swiss yodel in the photo of you all at the table??
    Sure looked like a feast befitting the family, Bohlen.
    Isn't this cool change fantastic after the swelter of Christmas day?
    Cheers
    Colin

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  8. It looks as if you had a wonderful Christmas. I'm glad you were able to enjoy it with your daughter and husband.

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  9. What a fantastic Christmas. The decorations are great it if you think it is very hot.

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  10. Oh wow, those Swiss cookies look yummy. So glad that Carol and David were home in time for Christmas with you. I like the neighbors' lights but yours are my favorite. I like minimalist.

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  11. i just used the calculator to tell you we were at 27 c for the last two days, this is winter and it is not supposed to be that warm... our weather is topsy turvy. our summer was the hottest on record and now we are having record warm winter..
    i love those waves and there is no doubt Carol Ann is your daughter.. you look so much alike.. this sounds like your Christmas was very merry...

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  12. Hello Diane, looks like a lovely Christmas with your daughter, Sil and the in laws.. The sweets looks yummy and neighborhood Christmas lights are beautiful. Great shot of your and Carol Ann.. Wonderful post..

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  13. I am back, forgot to say, i like your house the best. I love minimalist in all things decorations.

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  14. Oh I am so happy they made it home for Christmas and Skype is good for those who could not. I know:) Looks like a wonderful time. All the best in 2015. Hug B

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  15. Looks like you had a GREAT Christmas with family! I would think 30° warm too...even in summer. :)

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  16. A wonderful get-together with you sweet daughter

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  17. Although much is different, sharing a splendid meal with your loved ones and exchanging gifts is the same the world over. Merry Christmas.

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  18. So glad you and yours were able to enjoy Christmas celebrations together. The food looks yummy - don't suppose those swiss cookies are diabetic-friendly?! All the best Diane.

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  19. It looks like a lovely Christmas at your house, Diane! Glad you were able to spend the day with your daughter and SIL. The Pavlova looked so beautiful! We had 14 inches of snow on Christmas Day! I was ill with the flu so we celebrated today instead ,as now I'm feeling better.

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  20. What a beautiful Christmas you had ! Looks all so cosy and festive ! How nice that you could celebrate with at least one daughter and the family !

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  21. So very glad you got to spend time with your daughter and SIL for Christmas. It looks lovely and the cookies and pavlova look delicious!

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  22. So glad the kids got home from their long trip just in time for Christmas. I know you were THRILLED to see Carol Ann and David... I'm sure they had a wonderful extended vacation. Looks like you all had a wonderful Christmas with them...

    Happy 2015.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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