Showing posts from December, 2013

Ethnic Christmas

This year our Ethnic dinner plans fell to Betty and she booked us in to the Christmas dinner at the Lyceum Club.
It was really great evening. They have the most wonderful collection of Art works to enjoy as we sat and sipped champagne on the verandah over looking the melbourne Club.

We are not allowed to take photos in the rooms, but I took the opportunity to get some snaps of the Melbourne Club's grounds next door. They have the most ENORMOUS Plane tree!  My only chance of seeing it . (women not allowed)
We had a great dinner and a great start to Christmas.

Family Christmas

Because I am heading out next week and an early celebration means we all get to see Bridie Sean and Dylan for Xmas gifts and company.So Andrew and Lynne again hosted a fabulous dinner, HUGE ham (everyone able to take 2-3 kgs of ham home!!) and a turkey that was very successful, based on a New Idea recipe.
The area in Patterson Lakes is locally famous for its Xmas lights Andrew and Lynne get into the tasteful mode, Unlike a neighbour who is so Over the Top!
Their immediate next door neighbours did a low key one, A rope of lights spelling "ditto"
This year Dylan liked A & L's reindeer with nodding heads!
It was a lovely mild day so Sean was kept busy negotiating with Dylan about where he was going to be playing.

He quickly found the dog Monty who, while startling him with her sudden movements, did not scare him despite her size. Imagine a dog coming up to your shoulder height! Monty has a soft toy she carries around. The current one is a tiger. So Dylan threw it for h…

Pom Pom Party

While I was cooking and preparing the deck, the rain came and went. It was sun then rain then cloud then sun etc. So didn't set up till the last minute  but with a mild 19 degrees we had a pleasant time on the deck with a few friends. Champagne, home made babagannoush, egg and bacon tartlets and some olives and nibbles we spent a pleasant few hours.
Spencer spent his time under the table keeping an eye on any dropped morsels.

As we explored the garden, Mary pointed out my veges that I had not inspected recently, and there nested in the leaves were Broccoli, cabbage and Cauli (a little under par).

I also noticed how enormous this bush( forget its name) had grown. It was the smaller and very slow growing of two I planted years ago 

Pom Pom Glory

It must be all the rain, but the African Pom Pom tree (Dais Continofolia) is at its glorious best.
It caught me unawares!  I could smell it from the front door as I got home last week, and sure enough the North side was in bloom
But it just kept coming out more than I have ever seen it!
Seemed too late int he year to have a Blossom Viewing Party, but Celia suggested I have an impromptu party If you can come you come!

So I sent some invitations out and hopefully will have a few to sip a wine under the tree. (weather forecast good!)
So we are going to enjoy it on Tuesday evening