Happy Christmas with fireworks!

A few minutes ago, we stood on the driveway watching the fireworks on the oval across the valley. It was the cricket club’s Christmas party and after Santa arrived in the fire truck with complete with sirens and flashing red and green lights and after the carols and band, the loudspeaker ordered parents to supervise their children. I zoomed into the stage then tried to capture the scene with a handheld camera. It was hard to get settings right for fireworks and the shutter seemed to be too slow, which made the sky look lighter and amplified my hand movement. Next year, I’ll try to set up a tripod, but at least these shots give you the idea.






This is probably our last blog before Christmas, so wishing everyone Seasons Greetings and thanks so much for your encouragement in following our adventures.

Happy Christmas Aussie Backyard style

Wishing our 107 followers a happy Christmas with these photos from the backyard party at our son’s a couple of days ago. The bubble machine made for some happy snaps.

The girls jumped for joy in the quest to catch a bubble in their hand.

While the homemade gingerbread house was rapidly demolished.


As the Christmas tree lights twinkle in the window, we wish you all a happy day tomorrow and beyond.

Deck the trees fa-la la-la

This afternoon we set up the Christmas tree with our two granddaughters.

It took intense concentration threading the tinsel round and hanging the decorations, but the result is satisfying for all.


Sadly, two frogs were floating in the pool, but only one survived the rescue operation. The other is now in the nature study tray, together with the bones of the dead goldfish.