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Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas in the bush

This year we went camping for Christmas.

On the beach we made a candle runway for Father Christmas and his sleigh, although it was too windy to actually light the candles.




On Christmas morning we woke up to the water lapping just metres from our swags, strong billy tea and breakfast cooked on the fire, complete with mini croissants.  I have officially borrowed this tradition from you, thanks Kate


Christmas lunch included yabbies we had pulled from the water just hours earlier.


In the afternoon the swimming went on for hours.  


It was a relatively simple Christmas spent with family in and around the water.  I was free from housework, table decorations and the need for a Christmas outfit.  This year it worked for us.

How was your Christmas day?
Did you break from tradition?  

23 comments :

  1. This is just gorgeous. I am not a natural-born camper, but I love how relaxing this day must have been for you. Lovely.

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  2. What a great way to have croissants Jane. Your Christmas under the trees looks magical. Kx

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  3. That looks SO relaxing...I wish that we had been by the way. I didn't realise you were so close to water - is this on your property or down at Menindee?

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    1. This water is about 2 hours drive from us Mel, it is sort-of part of the Menindee lake system, the exact location is top secret :)

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  4. Jane, how wonderful! Beautiful images captured from your Christmas, thanks so much for sharing! xox

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  5. I have never had yabbies before, but they look so plump and amazing! Sounds like a fantastic (and very Aussie) Christmas.

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  6. What a blissful Christmas! I'm really digging that beachside campfire breakfast and lunch.

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  7. Christmas as it should be Jane. Lovely. Really, really lovely.

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  8. Looks like my type of Christmas. x

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  9. Oh my goodness, the light and moments you have captured! Just beautiful photos. And I adore that it simplified things for you so that you could enjoy those moments more fully rather than run around hecticly. (I didn't get to try the trifle given I'm gluten free but everyone was raving about it!) x

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  10. I just discovered your blog. I live in Broken Hill, but have only been here about ten years. I have nursing friends in the U.S and Canada so am going to send your blog address to them. It really captures outback life. I admire all that you manage to do and know life is tough out in places like yours. You are an inspiration. Thanks for sharing these parts of your life.
    Janine

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    1. Thanks Janine, it is really lovely to hear from some one local!

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  11. Your Christmas looks absolutely lovey. What a wonderful way to spend the holiday, especially with kids. And no housework or Christmas outfit- good for you Jane!

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  12. What a perfect way to spend Christmas :)

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  13. This is a beautiful way to spend Christmas, esp when you get to 'fish' for yabbies!

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  14. Beautiful photos. I love that big sky with it's super wide horizon and the way you have captured the passage of light through the summer day. Just gorgeous!

    I live in the Blue Mountains. Your photos have reminded me, that I need to head down over to the other side. Go west!

    All the best for the New Year, Jane. I look forward to stopping by your wonderful space in 2013.

    Nada

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  15. Wow beautiful shots, and those yabbies, oh yum, happy new year!

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  16. jane, i'm catching up after christmas... i love your christmas. this is how christmas should be - not one bound up by old-times traditions that mean nothing to our way of living. where would turkey and brussel sprouts fit here? this looks much more meaningful and wonderful - your children will have fabulous memories of the sligh runway in the sand.

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  17. A true Aussie Christmas - totally jealous, sounds divine! Our picnic plans were rained off in Sydney! Love your blog. Will be following your adventures in 2013.

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  18. Jane, your christmas looks like it was wonderful- full of all the simple, joyful things that makes life great! We had a pretty simple one too - at my parents place with loads of gingerbread, laughs and champagne, pretty good! x

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  19. What a wonderful Christmas day Jane, just heaven. I LOVE your photos they are fantastic and all the food looks pretty yummy too. We've broken with tradition once and had Christmas with just our family of four in Noosa which I enjoyed very much..Christmas lunch then lots of swimming, just like yours perfect.

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  20. This is a lovely post. It sums up Christmas in Australia very well. This will be wonderful to look back on in years to come when the kids don't 'want to do Christmas' with you...because it will come!

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane