Friday, December 13, 2013

summer : a seasonal series

pom pom Australian natives that match my header / rich, summery prints from bohemian traders

Our visit to Bali slightly threw my seasonal series but I'm happy to say I'm present once again, observing nature's shift outside the window and beside me as I walk. Sunlight comes early and leaves late; there's so many opportunities to be out and and about and yet we always retreat to home come midday - the sun is scorching. The gums that tower at the back of our house are a blessing in summer (a curse in winter) and right now they are shades of grey, tan and green; subtle tones in bright, white sun.

We are eating lots of cucumbers to cool the blood, sipping ice water and making salads to accompany our evening meals. Amidst it all we're preparing for a Christmas that is so different to the ones depicted in most of our books. In comes as no surprise that Che and Poet adore Applesauce and the Christmas Miracle; an adaptation of the birth of Jesus set in the iconic Australian landscape. 

Che has been asking about snow and why we never have it for Christmas. Isn't it a enormous concept to grasp; that one side of the world is at the beach and the other side is huddled around the fire. A good lesson in opposites and a beautiful reminder that our world is, indeed, vast and wondrous.

This weekend, the last before school breaks, we'll be making Christmas cards, choosing, chopping and carting home a tree, decorating with joy and sitting back to admire the inevitable wonkiness of real pine. 

Cheers to a balmy summer!


  1. I'm waiting for a copy of that book to arrive at the library. Any day now. Funnily enough, I was about to write something very similar over at mine... how the Christmas in songs, pictures, books, films, cards and everything else is nothing like the one we have here. Having lived most of my life in the northern hemisphere, I do find that Christmas feels more Christmassy when it's cold, when it matches all the poetry. I am hesitant to say it but I think Christmas is more meaningful up there, BUT I actually think overall it's a lot more fun over here. (Not least because after Christmas here the vibe is one of family, fun, outdoors and rest, while in the UK January was always a hideous month and it showed in everyone's mood!) I'm working on making it more meaningful for the boys, so that rather than adopting cold-country traditions we can make Christmas an equally meaningful and beautiful time here. x

  2. I'm happy to see another seasonal post from you...they are one of my favorites. (one of many) Likewise for me, I find it hard to imagine celebrating Christmas on a scorching hot day rather than watching the snow fall by the fire. But it is truly a vast and wonderful world. I look forward to reading how your holiday is spent...the weather will surely be different but I'm sure there's much in common celebrating togetherness, family and the birth of Jesus, Hope your holiday is a blessed and merry one. ♥

  3. Or in our case, huddled around a fire in Melbourne where its still grey and jumper weather!

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  4. I've been lucky enough to experience both kinds of white (hot and cold) Christmas - I couldn't tell you which I prefer now, there are lovely traditions to each version.


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