December 28, 2009


I am not sure what happened to December. One minute we were lighting the first of the candles in our floating advent wreath and the next its a rainy boxing day on Shark Island.

The elves kept us busy, delivering daily messages into advent calendars instructing us to make and write and create and make believe. To dance to Aussie Jingle Bells, sing carols by candle-light and to be the best little duck at Christmas concerts. To love the stories that make Christmas real and to learn how to be patient and grateful for what comes our way.

The rain of Christmas day brought a gentle mist and cooler weather to enjoy a house full of family and a table full of food. Admittedly, the same rain caused us a little stress as we packed for Boxing Day on Shark Island. But the weather gods were kind with only a gentle drizzle to spoil our fun.

I am not sure where our summer has gone. I am glad that we got the chance to flop on a beach before Christmas to celebrate the end of another year and the start of our holidays. New Years Eve, camping in our van, overseas visitors. There is much more to come this January.

Wishing you the merriest of New Years. I hope you welcome in 2010 with the silliest grins.


  1. Such gorgeous photos, sounds like a brilliant, memory-laden Christmas. Happy New Year, may it be brighter still. x

  2. Damnations - the Boo and I had a ticket out to Shark Island on Boxing Day, but the weather put us off and a friend (who was also meant to go to the Island (her husband is on one of the yachts) invited us to her place instead). We could easily have bumped into each other there. One day we will meet.

    Glad you had a good Xmas.

  3. I feel like December was a bit like that - where did it go, I am still struggling with the demise of 2009. Happy new year to you and the sweet family and looking forward to seeing the new adventures this year.