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This is Christmas in the sub-tropics in Australia.. I love to see what December looks like in your part of the world (particularly if it includes snow), so if you care to, leave a link to your own December photos in the comment section. Lauca and Cormac meet their new cousin, my sister’s first baby. […]

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Sleep-overs. Doll baths. Play-dates. Family dinners. Parked under a red canopy. Sneaking up on the ‘big kid’ Lego. ——————————————————————————————– As per last year, feel free to do a similar photo post on your blog or flickr account and link back to here so I can see what December looks like where you are, too.

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This is the first in a series I am planning for December this year. These are photo posts and might just bore the pants off you so feel free to skip them, unless you are my sister (and you are a long way away this Christmas and we miss you), or you are Rachael and […]

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In the subtropics, around the middle of summer things start to die in the heat so Christmas is a strange presence in the season, although I guess not unlike Christmas being situated in the dead of winter in the northern hemisphere. Because the season of summer is not associated with new life here, but rather […]

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Home-made gifts (I know, ok). Ottolenghi recipes (I know, ok). Uncles helping with Lego gift assembly. And robot kit assembly. And other uncles winning board games. Previous posts on what December looks like in my world here.

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You know, Lauca can be so mature and loving and brave and charming that sometimes I feel bad about describing her as ‘highly strung’. Even so, it is a term I use out of delicate politeness because ‘highly strung’ really does not cover it. When we’re in the thick of it, ’emotional basketcase’ might be […]

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Snacks

More of what December looks like here. Add ‘frickin’ hot’ to the list of descriptors, though today we are back to cool and wet, wet, wet, wet.

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This year Christmas has been a somewhat strange and difficult time for me but it has also been delightful, as strange and difficult things often turn out to be. I missed the children a bundle when they left half-way through to go to their father’s but then I admit I haven’t missed dealing with over-tired […]

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This year I was tutored by Pip Lincolne in how to wrap a present. And then Lauca made me these sublime Christmas tags and together the results were a whole lot better than last year’s wrapping efforts where we tried to find nice but cheap Christmas paper in the shops. By the way I absolutely […]

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Most of these links I have already posted on twitter but just in case you missed them and are looking for something recommended to read… You know what’ll be an awesome way for Kate Langbroek and Dave Hughes to celebrate Hughesy and Kate’s 10th anniversary on breakfast radio? For Hughes to see a personal trainer to […]

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