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.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Christmas 2013

I love christmas and everything that goes with it.  The buying of gifts. The wrapping of those gifts. The tree with those presents neatly lined up underneath. The house adorned with fairy lights.  The hanging of the christmas wreath that my gardener so kindly made for us. The grocery shopping of all the things that are not considered healthy the rest of the year.  Going to our local butcher to pick the perfect ham.  Going to church on Christmas eve to sing carols that I sing as loud as I can because I know them all by heart.  The wonder of it all.
The christmas wreath made by our gardener
Christmas this year was spent at Palm Cove.  We arrived on Christmas Eve and as soon as we unpacked our suitcases for the two night stay we headed to our friends apartment that was a five minute walk away.  After a delicious two course dinner cooked by our friends,  K and I drove to Kuranda for the christmas eve service at her local church.  The men decided that the beer was a better choice!  It was not a late night so we were in bed early so that we could make the most of christmas day.
Christmas Breakfast
No Christmas is complete without Rum Balls
We again headed to our friends for christmas breakfast and champagne.  Yummm.  My favourite meal of the day!  After breakfast hubby and I drove home so that we could give the dogs a feed and a run.  It is an easy 45 minute drive.  We were back in plenty of time for lunch at the Grand Chancellor at Palm Cove.
Wow.  What a feast.  Everything that you heart desired.  Seafood, Hot and Cold Dishes, Desserts of every kind and a fantastic cheese board to round off the meal.  Drinks were included in the price and we complained that the service was not fast enough but then again there is such a thing as responsible service.  Ha ha ha!
I was lucky enough to win the lucky door prize at lunch…... a night for two at the Grand Chancellor with breakfast included.  We will look forward to that in the new year.
Hubby and I at the Grand Chancellor Palm Cove
After lunch and a little nanny nap we headed to the pool for a splash around with the kids.  It was the perfect way to spend the afternoon.  After the swim we went to the cool of the apartment for nibbles and drinks.  No large dinner for us as we were all still full from lunch.
K and Hubby enjoying a joke



A unique use for a swimming noodle

Ice Cream by the pool
It was the perfect christmas.  The only thing missing was my son and DIL who couldn't get away from home because of the lingering drought.  We did however have a nice chat to them that certainly made my day complete.

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