JUstDreamInparadise.......JUDI living in Paradise

I am fifty something and I love my family and the life I live. I'm an optimistic person by nature and I try to find a positive for every negative. I'm not a vegetarian, but the animal I eat is. I enjoy cooking, photography and scrapbooking. Since living here I have become a gardener and take immense joy in the beauty of my garden. My husband and I feel that we are the caretakers of the land rather than land owners. We run a grass fed Droughtmaster Stud on our little piece of Paradise and the cattle are a never ending supply of photo opportunities.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Christmas 2012 in review


We had a very enjoyable christmas in Toowoomba with mum and John.  We never cooked a meal, apart from the ham and eggs for breakfast and it made christmas very stress-free for all of us.  We flew to Brisbane two days before christmas and flew home again the day after boxing day.  We went by Greyhound bus from Brisbane to Toowoomba.  That was totally worthwhile because we didn't have to negotiate the Brisbane traffic.
Dinner at the Chinese Restaurant
Santa at Audrey Court
Our first night in Toowoomba, John went to the local fishmonger and bought many kilos of lovely fresh tiger prawns.  We sat around the table and made complete pigs of ourselves as we devoured the prawns and washed them down with an ale or two.  Delicious.  Boxing Day DH and I made our way to Grand Central so that DH could visit the barber and I could purchase a few last minute gifts.  We arrived early to miss the crowd but by the time we left, the mall was chock-a-block.  We made our way home and had a rest before dinner at one of the local chinese restaurants.  This was also another memorable  meal.  After dinner we drove over to Audrey Court to have a look at the beautifully lit houses.  Boy does that street know how to do it and it was heartwarming to see the christmas spirit between neighbours.





One of the many houses in Audrey Court
Mum adding "Merry Xmas" to her eggs

Christmas Lunch at the Federal
Masterchef John
Christmas Day was fantastic.  After a leisurely breakfast of ham and eggs, cooked by the mastcherchef himself, John, we showered and changed into our "Sunday Best" and made our way to the Federal Hotel for lunch.  What a feast!  Who would ever have thought that I could eat as much as I liked of my favourite food, Lobster! And that was just starters.  The main was roast pork, turkey, glazed ham and of course every conceivable vegetable to accompany it.  The dessert table was laden with such a wonderful variety of desserts.  Everything from plum pudding and custard to trifle to mud cake to fruit salad, and the list goes on.  We were joined for lunch by my sister and her family.  It was such a treat to be able to be able to celebrate christmas with them.  After lunch we made our way back to mum's place where we sat around and chatted over a few drinks and opened our "Secret Santa" presents.  After my sister and her family left to go back to Beaudesert,  DH and I quickly showered and made our way over to Curzon Street to visit the Reids for a backyard BBQ. We didn't know until Christmas day that they were also in Toowoomba to celebrate christmas so it was great to be able to catch up with them and their news.
The Family
Dessert at the Reids
Boxing Day we were meant to be going to the Warwick Races to meet up with my neice and her little girl but due to an exceptionally heavy downpour on Christmas night the races were cancelled.  We compromised instead by going to the Cambooya Pub for a slap-up lunch.  We were joined by Aunty Ann and Uncle Ken, an unexpected surprise.  After lunch John took us for a drive over to the winery and then on to Picnic Point for coffee and ice-cream.  That night was an early night so that we would be refreshed for our trip back to Cairns the next day.
It was a truly wonderful Christmas and it was the first time that DH and I had eaten Christmas
lunch at a restaurant but it will not be the last.  Mum, John, DH and I are already planning the next one in Port Douglas!
Boxing Day at Picnic Point

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