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!

Home again…

The wind blew hard all night and reminded us that we are back in Perth, reputed to be the third windiest city in the world. No daylight savings means that the sun was up before 5am and I was awake with it. I had an appointment with the hairdresser, but wasn’t happy to learn that my hairdresser had left the salon, unexpectedly. I’m not so sure about the haircut I got. I don’t think it’s styled as well, the shape just doesn’t seem to be right, but it will probably be different once I’ve washed it myself.

All is well around the house. There’s a hole in the back lawn that the dogs (Anzac mostly, I’d guess) have been working on. It’s in a popular digging spot that we’ve struggled to keep refilled with dirt and planted with grass. Anzac has also chewed a hole through one of the dog bed mattress covers, through and into the mattress itself so he can pull the woollen stuffing out. That’s all going to be a bit of a challenge to patch. He’s also chewed a hole in the cover of the other dog bed mattress in the bedroom. He’s always liked chewing on fabric – particularly if he’s awake and  bored and doesn’t have a toy to chew on. I have some curtain material from the curtains we had up in Jabiru. It’s thermal-backed calico. I think I’ll make pillowcase type covers out of some of it. They might hold up a bit better to his attention.

After some grocery shopping we took the dogs to the beach and a good time was had by all. It was a hot day (mid 30’s C) and was a very pleasant late afternoon beach visit.  Anzac loves the water, though the waves were a bit rough, and he runs around like a crazy thing, usually taking a nip at Kaz’s ears as he races past her. She’s so good with him, she’s so tolerant. Her ears have always been sensitive but she rarely objects to his harassment, she usually gets fully involved in the craziness herself.  She even got herself wet. She’s getting braver all the time and doesn’t hesitate now to run along through the shallows and will even go in far enough that her belly gets wet – just. They both love the socialising at the beach, though we do still have to put Anzac on the lead if there are other people or dogs. He gets easily distracted and excited and it’s easier to keep him close and under control on the lead.

The hole in the Dog Bed

The hole in the Dog Bed