Home again, and we have had the most wonderful time visiting family in Australia – so much so it’s taking a little time to get “back to life”. Everyone is feeling very relaxed and looming facts like “work” seem a dream away.
So, to start with we flew in to Brisbane and landed right on top of a thunderstorm. The flight attendants had promised the people seated in front of us that we would miss the storm as “the pilot is from Brisbane and wants to get home”. Unfortunately not, but it did provide for an extra 20 minutes or so circling above a very impressive tempest. Queensland is getting a lot of rain at the moment, and has been for the last month, so daily storms have become a pretty common occurence.
We spent the first half of our holiday in a beautiful holiday home in Kingscliff, at the top of New South Wales, and just across the road from the beach. We had the most amazing time, very relaxed, with lots of sandcastle building, swimming, running in and out of the waves (in Mia’s case), walking, and shell collecting. The building we were in has only six units and Mum & Dad were just up the stairs in another unit much to the kids delight – we set a 7am “Grandparents visit limit” on them to stop them from wearing everyone out, but had just a wonderful family filled time. We squeezed a visit to David Fleays Wildlife Park in, but really not a lot else.
Christmas and the few days surrounding it was spent at Mum & Dad’s house, more swimming, a little bit of shopping, and lots of wrapping. We had a fabulous Christmas Eve at Janma & Rogers house, complete with flashing Christmas Party-Glasses and handmade felt ornaments for each guest made by Janma. Then Christmas itself, Reuben got the snorkel set he was hoping for, and we felt blessed that a wee 9 year old would ask for something as simple as a snorkel set. The day was spent laughing, eating, drinking, and doing the obligatory dunking of the father in the swimming pool (well, he was squirting everyone with the pool gun). This year we had a fantastic musical game from the Christmas Crackers that had numbered bells and a music sheet to follow, mostly it just consisted of everyone giggling and lots of delayed “oh that’s me” with a late bell ring. To top that off my sister Jessica had decided to do all the desserts and had outdone herself with a boiled Christmas pudding, Tiramisu, Berry topped Pavlova, Christmas Mince Pies, and Gingerbread Men! All just gorgeous, and the best Christmas Pudding I have ever tasted (she assures me this is because it’s boiled and not steamed) As you can tell, we are a family of eaters.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas too, and now, onto the New Year. Hello there 2011 x