THURSDAY’S SPECIAL-Darkness-and-Light

Darkness and Light

I did commence gathering sunrise-sunset photos…

for the Darkness-Light challenge.

Then I remembered Wednesday night’s drive…

 and could not think of a more appropriate time…

to use these photos.

MGW declared 14 degrees Celsius too cold

to be out wandering and admiring this front yard.

However, with Bing Crosby crooning his favourite

Christmas Carols over the Public address system,

this front yard easily made all other look rather

insignificant by comparison.

Merry Christmas for 2017


Thursday’s Special: Darkness-and-Light



For the past thirty plus years…the first weekend in December… 

has been set aside…

by MGW and boys

(when they were old enough)…

to erect our Christmas tree.


Last year, 2016…

while travelling in Europe…

MGW noticed some Christmas shops,

open in September…

and our tree took on… 

an international flavour…

with baubles from… 

most of the cities we visited.

This year…

my quick trip to Arras, France….

had an important part to it. 


Buy some Arras Christmas baubles please,

was the directive. 

I soon discovered that not all European towns/cities

had a year round Christmas shop.

But Dubai did last year.

However, I did manage to find two

at one of the Arras shops.

This was a leftover from 2016 Christmas…

on the back was an image which I will always

associate with Arras’ two main squares…namely

Place des Heros and La Grand Place

Both have added to the

international flavour of our Christmas tree.

This has also  commenced another tradition

in our household and that is to purchase

a Christmas decoration from each town,

city or country we visit.

As usual we don’t have an Australian decoration…yet! 🙂


Thursday’s Special: Tradition

Weekly Photo Challenge-Its-No-This-Time-of-Year-Without…



My contribution for this week’s challenge…

It’s Not This Time of Year Without…


Usually this weekend, or next Christmas

starts to happen in our household.


In 2005 I did not have a camera which would

capture all of our tree in one shot without tilting.


When straightened in Picasa I lost

the star…hence both shots.


It’s our turn for the family Christmas again this year,

so this is also on our mind about now.

Well maybe MGW’s mind more than mine. 🙂


We may need to expand the 2013 table as

our family has grown a bit since then.


For reasons unknown, in 2015 fifteen we decided

that a little Christmas tree was in order.

 Only immediate family for Christmas.

MGW just told me that this tree went in the bin/trash

soon after Christmas due to complaints from boys

about not having the big Christmas tree

which they never helped erect anyway!


They said it wasn’t Christmas without our green tree.


So, in 2016 we will be erecting our green tree again.

Complete with Christmas decorations from

nearly every city we visited in Europe,

as well as a Dubai bauble,

because this year it is again our turn to

host the family Christmas.

I must confess to preferring the green tree.

Definitely more Australian.

And, of course, it’s time for me to begin

practising my

“Bah!! Humbug!!”

again 😀