The holiday is over

Frangipani flower
Frangipani flower

Well, that is it then, holiday over and back to work. Can’t complain too loudly though, with temperatures over 40 degrees celsius in some parts of Australia it is great to be able to work in air conditioned comfort. My poor doggies are melting, throughout the day they move from one cool, shaded spot to another and you can see the relief on their faces when I come home and they can finally lie on the nice, cool tiles.

Bundy the dog napping on the cool tiles
Bundy napping on the cool tiles

Joy to all at Christmas


Kookaburra and surfboard Christmas decoration
Australian themed Christmas decoration

Christmas and New Years Eve was spent south of the border in New South Wales. My parents live in the country, surrounded by cows, horses and alpacas, it is a very peaceful place to stay and the nights are so dark that you can easily see the stars. The dogs love it there although they’d be much happier inside with us, but their Nan and Pop don’t allow dogs in the house so Maxi claimed the deck and Bundy decided that sitting on the outdoor table was the place to be. Every morning I took Bundy for a walk down to the river while Maxi got to have a walk through the paddock (her legs won’t carry her very far anymore), on the first morning everything was shrouded in fog, it was magnificent to see especially when the sun’s rays started to burn through the fog and throw a little more colour and light onto the picture.

Dew on a spiders web



Christmas day was a hot one, after the traditional early morning opening of presents I joined my husband’s family for brunch, watching our nephews playing with their presents reminds me of the excitement I felt when I got my first record player and the soundtrack for the movie Xanadu – I loved Olivia Newton John :-). The heat and the boys desire to try out their new boogie boards drove us to the beach, it was cloudy and windy, the water freezing but we still got sunburned and soon it was time for us to head off to my cousin’s house for a late Christmas lunch. Christmas with my family usually means five types of meat, a tonne of baked vegetables and more desserts than anyone could possibly need, not to mention lots of bubbles and beer. At some stage water is involved, often swimming in a pool however this year it was a water fight using the latest in water pistols (they look more like cannons) and buckets, this is when holding a camera has its advantages.

Nephews on boogie boards
Christmas day at the beach
Flynn's Beach, Port Macquarie
Flynn’s Beach, Port Macquarie

The 2013 National Beach Volleyball tour kicks off in Cronulla, my husband is part of the operations team that organise the event and work started on Boxing Day, December 26 so that is where we spent New Years Eve. Cronulla is heaven for surfers and beach goers, alot of effort has gone into tidying up the foreshore but this Sydney suburb still feels as though it is made for locals and on New Years Eve it was surprisingly quiet. New Years Eve is also our wedding anniversary, this year we celebrated our 5th anniversary and although in Sydney we celebrated quietly with bubbles and delicious nibbles on our hotel balcony, avoiding the crush of two million people on the harbour’s foreshore. New Years Day was spectacular weather wise, the beach was packed and the temperature soared, the lifeguards were going to have a busy day.

View from Rydges Hotel, Cronulla
View from Rydges Hotel, Cronulla
Cronulla beach
Cronulla beach
New Years Day at the beach, Cronulla
New Years Day at the beach, Cronulla

9 thoughts on “The holiday is over

  1. Fabulous Fur Friends January 4, 2013 / 6:03 pm

    Firstly congrats on your wedding anniversary, and secondly I can commiserate with your dogs not being allowed inside at the in-laws – mine are allowed at the in-laws but not my dad’s – eventhough it too is in the country, the dogs don’t really enjoy being there!! Are we making them soft??? Looks like a lovely place to spend Xmas none-the-less. We’ve had 41 degrees here in Melb today and even with the aircon on all day, we’re still finding it pretty uncomfortable and the trio is getting a bit fractious!! Laughed out loud at Bundy on the tiles!!

    • twoblackdoggies January 4, 2013 / 8:44 pm

      Thank you 🙂

      It is hard getting used to not having the dogs inside with us and from the dogs perspective Maxi seems to cope with it better than Bundy, it took a couple of days for him to settle in but he did love the morning walks. I don’t envy those temperatures, it isn’t as hot here but the humidity makes it yuk, I’m trying to cope at home without having the air con on but sleep is easier for all of us if it is on for a few hours before we go to bed.

  2. restlessjo January 4, 2013 / 7:45 pm

    Oh to be hot, Sam. I think I remember it…
    What a nice time to have your wedding anniversary. He’ll never forget! Hope it was beautiful.

    • twoblackdoggies January 4, 2013 / 8:48 pm

      After many wet summers I had gotten used to the lower temperatures, I really don’t like the hot and humid Queensland summers but I imagine that with your cold winters the summer heat sounds wonderful.

      It is a lovely time to celebrate a wedding anniversary and we had a wonderful evening, neither of us will forget the date 🙂

  3. Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom January 5, 2013 / 3:45 am

    Happy Anniversary… a little late.

    And, what a great time it looks like you had. I do feel for the dogs not getting in some cooler air though… it’s tough to have fur in a warm climate! I’m sure they are really glad when they get to nap on the cool tiles!

    • twoblackdoggies January 5, 2013 / 9:36 am

      Thank you 🙂
      We did have a great time, the poor pooches do feel the heat, thankfully today is cloudy and there is a lovely breeze cooling things down.

    • twoblackdoggies January 6, 2013 / 4:07 pm

      Thank you, we got married by the water so spending our anniversary near the beach is very special 🙂

  4. megtraveling January 7, 2013 / 3:17 am

    It’s so wonderful to hear about your Christmas stories and I’m trying to imagine it being so hot in December! I really like the ornament of the bird with a surfboard – it’s so cute. I hope you have a very Happy New Year too 🙂

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