Wow so Christmas is done for another year and now we are looking forward to celebrating New Years Eve already. I have to say I am very confused by what day it actually is today but am very glad to still have another 8 days of holiday left until I go back to work on the 5th January.
So how did you all spend your time over Christmas Day and Boxing Day? Me and the Aussie spent Christmas day with our lovely American Friends (who would like to be referred to as “the Americans” :-)) and their gorgeous puppy Rosie, she is officially my favourite dog in Australia!
During the day we pretty much did the following, swim for a bit with some champagne, eat a delicious lunch, swim for a bit with some wine, eat dessert (pumpkin bread pudding with maple syrup and brandy cream which was a-m-a-z-i-n-g), learnt how to play carcassone, went for another swim, ate second dessert (more bread pudding) and finished playing carcassone. Life in the tropics and on Christmas day is tough as you can imagine!!!
We had some steak on the BBQ for lunch with some salads I had a go at creating and quite enjoyed sampling. Cooking on the BBQ at Christmas is, I believe, mandatory. I am a bit of a throw some leaves and tomoatoes etc in a bowl kind of salad girl at home so it was fun to give some more fancy salads a try.
In the evening I FaceTimed my family who were at my Brothers for the day, which I loved as I got to enjoy some of the usual hustle and bustle of Christmas Day with them.
On Boxing Day the Aussie’s brother came over for lunch and I put together a traditional Christmas dinner that I would have had my family. It was a bit on the warm side cooking the dinner and I had commented to the Aussie how much I was missing having a BBQ because there wasn’t enough room in the oven to cook everything I wanted to cook for lunch so it had to be cooked in stages (complete with my terrible calculation skills when trying to work out how to get everything cooked on time).
The Aussie’s brother then turned up with a BBQ as our Christmas present this year! Such a cool idea and one that I am very pleased about receiving. It’s yellow too which I am sure is secretly the Aussie’s favourite colour!
I was very lucky with my gifts which included money and some tea towels to remind me of home from my parents (already bought some new books!), some camera equipment from the Aussie (I now have no excuse for not getting the DSLR out)and a beautiful penguin ornament from my beautiful friends in Somerset.
I’m also really just enjoying relaxing and having a break from anything strenuous! Only 362 days until Christmas!!!