And so this is Christmas…

40°C that’s about 104°F.
So this is Christmas…in our part of Australia.

It was a lovely day, if somewhat warm. Santa was generous. Amongst it all there was an iPad for Stephen and some fairies and Native Australians for me. New toys and christmas treats for the pups. My Native Australians are Bower Beads designed by the wonderful Tasmanian Jewellery Sculptor Ruth Waterhouse. My fairies are a Silverado bead and two Iron Fairies (terrible website!).

Christmas Joy

Christmas Joy

Anzac with all the good stuff

Anzac with all the good stuff

This one belongs to Kaz

This one belongs to Kaz

Christmas treat fun

Christmas treat fun

More Christmas treat fun

More Christmas treat fun

Stephen with his new iPad

Stephen with his new iPad

My new beads - Fairy, Little Penguins, Baby Tasmanian Devil and Turtles

My new beads - Fairy, Little Penguins, Baby Tasmanian Devil and Turtles

Bracelet with all the beads

Bracelet with all the beads

Chante and Jade

Chante, the Tree Fern fairy, and Jade, the Jacaranda fairy

My whole Iron Fairy family

My whole Iron Fairy family

It was hot ealy so we had breakfast outside. Put water in the pool for Anzac to play in and he went to work trying to dog a hole in the water – as he does!

Christmas Morning

Christmas Morning

Is It Ball Time Yet?

Is It Ball Time Yet?

We took the dogs to the beach late in the morning. There were people everywhere, either getting in an early swim before they went home for the big Christmas feed, or setting up their Christmas picnic lunch at the beach. There were far too many white bodies on the beach that would be going home red! I got a little too pink myself from our walk along the beach.

Of course there were plenty of people and dogs on the dog beach as well. Anzac was very well-behaved – he still gets easily distracted and is very excitable in a crowd. He likes to swim but he prefers to be close to Kaz (unless there’s another dog running around who is happy for Zac to chase him) so Stephen took Kaz into the water, Anzac followed and they both swam out together.

Christmas Beach Fun

Christmas Beach Fun

Christmas Beach Fun

Christmas Beach Fun

Getting treats at the beach

Getting treats at the beach

Deb and Anzac

Deb and Anzac

Deb and the pups - Christmas Day at the beach

Deb and the pups - Christmas Day at the beach

Stephen and the pups - Christmas Day at the beach

Stephen and the pups - Christmas Day at the beach

Anzac catching a wave

Anzac catching a wave

Swimming with Anzac

Swimming with Anzac

Out of the waves

Out of the waves

Kaz is not so sure this is really necessary

Kaz is not so sure this is really necessary

Kaz and Anzac swimming side-by-side

Kaz and Anzac swimming side-by-side

Stephen polished off the remains of yesterday’s crayfish for breakfast and then had the last of his tiger prawns for lunch. We relaxed outside for the afternoon. I noticed Anzac just standing staring at something along the back of the house, then realised we had a very handsome Christmas Day visitor. A Stumpy-tailed (or shingleback) Blue-tongued lizard. His colouring was very pretty and he looked very healthy, shiny scales and a nice fat tail. Anazc was curious but didn’t harrass him as he wandered though into the garage and out into the front yard. What a wonderful visitor to the yard; I wish he had stayed a while.

Curious Anzac

Curious Anzac

Our Christmas Visitor - A Stumpy-tailed Blue-tongued Lizard

Our Christmas Visitor - A Stumpy-tailed Blue-tongued Lizard

We had a delicious risotto for tea. Not traditional Christmas fare, I know, but with it just being the two of us Stephen wanted to make something that he knows I really enjoy. We finished that off with Christmas pudding with brandy custard and Irish liqueur flavoured cream!

’twas the night before Christmas…

We headed out earlier than usual on a non-workday so we could get some last-minute shopping out of the way. It was already pretty busy out there, though. Our shopping was mainly food and doggie prezzies.

The rest of our day was quiet. A day of sitting, relaxing, reading and playing with the dogs. Oh, and wrapping their presents, of course!

And of course Stephen had some of his Tiger Prawns for lunch.

Tiger prawns on the barby

Tiger prawns on the barby

Tiger prawns ready to eat

Tiger prawns ready to eat

Have a Merry Merry Christmas everyone. Whether you celebrate for religious reasons or just because joy is in the air; whether you celebrate Christmas or something else; celebrate the season and have a fun time.

I’m off to see where Santa is:
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