Sunday, December 24, 2017

Out and about at Christmas

A few photos snapped here and there in the lead up to Christmas. A park in Malvern Road, Prahran has this modest tree, but it is ok.


An unusual creation at my work.


Because of the closure of the City Square due to the construction of Metro Rail, this year Federation Square is hosting the festivities and I think management and or City of Melbourne have done a fine job.



Tourists and locals alike were loving this arbour. It is of course Melbourne's arbour, not Sydney arbour. (Yes, I can hear you groan)


I don't really ever remember liking any of our former major Christmas trees in the City of Melbourne but I love this years effort. There are a few photos ahead. The balls catch the sunlight and sparkle really well.


Close up. We plan to go into town for dinner and see the Christmas lights this evening.


What would Christmas be without Santa.



I will upset Little Jo by calling this a naivety scene, rather than nativity scene.  She will say, no Andrew, it is not naivety but nativity, and then she will know that I do actually know the correct word. We once walked from the semi underground carpark at Woolworths in St Kilda via a graffiti covered and grungy lane to Acland Street and she asked me if I actually knew where I was going! I believe she will visit us on the third day of the test cricket. I try not to tease her too much, but she does bite back hard when Uncle Andrew plays too smart for his own good.



Block Arcade; not too much decoration there but it is always a treasure to look at.


Melbourne Town Hall.


Mother was lamenting that she was too late getting her red and white petunias in to be ready for Christmas. Not so the City of Melbourne.



Household Management made some mince pies, and very nice they were too, although as he says, a bit too much icing sugar. Think of all the money you saved by making them, said I. No, said he, they are cheaper to buy. 


Our tree, which may or may not be like last years. I cannot remember. Season's Greetings to you all.

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  1. Love the decorations (yours included). Sadly Household Management is right. It is cheaper to buy the seasonal treats. They don't taste as good but are much cheaper.
    The very best of the season to you and R and to your extended family too.

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    1. EC, I expect the same for hot cross buns. Thanks for your good wishes, and I send the same in return. You are a rather special unmet blogmate.

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  2. Merry Christmas from Poland. It is typical autumn weather here no snow. But great atmosphere. Gosia

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    1. Thanks Gosia. Best Christmas wishes to you and you family.

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  3. Happy holidays!!!

    We haven't got past cultural cringe yet - Europe is but ONE part of the globe, people!! To see northern hemisphere doodads (snow, reindeer, ice crystals, mistletoe, fur wrapped Father Christmases) suggests that the other half of world can't celebrate legitimately. Remember that the baby Jesus wore nothing but a nappy in the manger in the warm Bethlehem desert.

    Instead let us see beach sand, sea water, gum trees, currawong birds and heavenly bamboo red berries. Baby Jesus would never have seen kangaroos of course, but neither did he ever see reindeers.

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    1. Hels, I did say Seasons Greetings. :-P As you know, we do celebrate but with differences. We have adapted it to suit us and our climate, almost. The oven will always be pumping out heat on Christmas Day, even if it 40 degrees. I like you good Aussie sentiments.

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  4. Loved all the city's decorations. The bow around the Town Hall is fabulous. I bought petunias but the last few days were far too hot for them and they wilted and ...died I think.
    A wonderful Christmas to you and your family Andrew.

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    1. What bow, Sami? Ah, so there is. I am terrible at looking at my own photos. Our petunias in a pot on the balcony were really hit hard but a couple of 36 degree days. They survived but I don't think there will be a great display this year. My very best Christmas wishes, Sami.

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  5. I really like that big tree in the city and your tree too. I love the one at your work :)
    The mince pies look very nice. Well done R :) Are they large or is it the setting that makes them look large? I make tiny ones, about 5cm diameter.
    I haven't posted any Christmas photos this year. Our Rundle Mall has some very plain plywood cutout trees in shades of green, they look so dull and uninspired, not at all worthy of even one photograph.

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    1. River, he made some more since I took that photo and they are less sweet and better tasting. Yes, they are small, in those little foil cup thingies. That's a shame about the mall decoration. We have had some pretty plain efforts in the past. Merry Christmas to you.

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  6. P.s. Merry Christmas to all of you and Happy New Year.

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  7. Love you play on words. I have enjoyed seeing the decorations around Toronto this year.

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    1. Thanks Jackie. Here we suffer with daylight until 9pm, so that makes Christmas lights and decorations a bit awkward.

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  8. Merry Christmas Andrew.

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    1. Thanks CM. Best wishes to you too, and I hope you have a great day.

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  9. Merry Christmas, I liked the photos of the decor around your city. Little Jo is smart with a smart mouth. Ha! Made me laugh.

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    1. Thanks Stayer, to you too. Too clever by half, comes to mind about Little Jo.

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  10. Lovely post, Andrew. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    1. Cheers Rozzie. I hope you have a merry one too.

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  11. Looks like we're having a white Christmas...but that nothing new....Merry Christmas

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    1. Thanks Dora. I like white Christmases, viewed from a long way away.

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  12. I do hope you're not suggesting that those who believe in the Virgin Birth are naive. Not guilty!

    Best wishes to you both. Cro x

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    1. Cro, I have had an afternoon of reading fairy stories to toddlers. No more. Thanks for the good wishes.

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  13. Best wishes to you and R.

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    1. Thanks James. I hope you are enjoying your home family town. Yes, I read that you are.

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  14. Great Christmas Pics of Melbourne and your tree. The mince pies look delicious and taste much better than bought ones I bet. Hope you had a nice Christmas day and have a Happy New Year.

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    1. Diane, the second lot he made were really good. Christmas Day was lovely. Happy 2018 to you and B.

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  15. What lovely Christmas decorations Andrew.

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