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“It’s very easy to quit during the first ten years of writing. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.” Andre Dubus

Friday, 16 December 2011

Déjà Vu Blogfest - re-posting that underexposed blog post.

Two blogfests in one day! If you're looking for my RomanticFridayWriters Sparkle! story, it's the next post down.

Thanks to D. L. Hammons: Nicole, Lydia and Katie for co-hosting
Well the Déjà Vu Blogfest is all about re-posting either a favourite blog post or one that you thought didn't get the exposure it deserved. Well, I have plenty that no-one read when I had about 5 followers, but I'd like to share this one with you, not that I think it's the best post I've ever written but just because it's nearly Christmas again. This post is from December 2009:



Christmas in Australia



Been reading the blogs I follow and a few Christmas stories are trickling through, enough to highlight the difference between a Northern Hemisphere Christmas and a Southern one.


In Oz we have been suffering extreme heatwaves (40+C in some parts), bushfires (already!), floods (although I see England had a bit of a one), drought (in my area) and endless debates on Climate Change and Global Warming causing it all. 


We're on our third leader of the Opposition and all due to Global Warming. All shaping up to the usual ding dong Aussie Christmas that we love so well, when the pollies (politicians) take a holiday like the rest of us. Peace at last! 

The last few Christmasas I've managed to be in the Northern Hemisphere struggling through blizzards in Belgium and Luxembourg and driving on snowy roads in France, not to mention being frozen in London. What is worse? Too hot or too cold?


I'm about to become reaquainted with the lovely Aussie Christmas!


For many years in Oz we have struggled with the ridiculous idea of cooking a roast dinner in 30+C heat, but thankfully that is one of our British Empire traditions that has mostly found its way to the archives of modern history - now we go for prawns and lots of other delicious seafood, salads, wonderful tapas and chilled trifle or cheesecakes for dessert. 




Thanks to another British import - MasterChef (which I first discovered when I was in London a few years ago) - Australians have upped their expectations of food. We have our own home-grown MasterChef television series and now we are now ALL masterchefs. The show has taken Oz by storm. We are out trawling the Farmers' Markets and Gourmet Delis to plate up the freshest and finest for our loved ones. So it ain't half bad!

Well and I managed fine getting the Chrissy deckies up yesterday - no lofts to climb, no dreaded lurgy laying me low in high summer as I've read on the English blogs, just a few boxes to get out of the backs of cupboards and bingo! Lights and colour. 

I'm completely addicted to fairy lights, especially the twinkly variety, so all the extra heat is going to add to the already warm temp and I'm going to have to crank up the air-con. What was that I was saying about Global Warming? Who's responsible? It is me after all...


Merry Christmas everyone!



An Oz Christmas is hard to beat - gorgeous beaches, swimming pools everywhere, resort holidays, watersports....and prawns...bring it on!



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Santa image courtesey Mumbiakar.com





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