Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Countdown to Christmas

Do you remember when Christmas looked like this? Or maybe your Christmas morning still does!
This little man is now 24 and living on the other side of the world. I found the photo while looking for the Christmas tree decorations last week and it reminded me of the more simple times when the kids were small, Santa came for regular visits and you knew what they were up to. (well, most of the time!) 
The suit was worn for almost the entire summer holidays whether it was hot or not!

My regular contribution for family and friends are the Christmas fruit cakes. This year the weather has been very up and down with temperatures ranging from 18 C to 38 C all in a matter of 3 days. 
The saying here is that - in Melbourne - we often have 'four seasons in one day', and it is very true. 
So I struck while the weather was cooler on the weekend and made all of the annual cakes in one go!
10 kgs of dried fruit, 2kgs butter, 3 bottles of brandy, etc, etc. This batch is waiting for the previous one to bake. I started at 12 noon and finished for the day (night) at about 11 pm. 21 varying sizes and shapes!!!! 
Mmmmm the house sure did smell good......

And here we are - cakes baked and some wrapped ready to distribute.

What memories do you have of Christmases gone by? 

Until next time,


  1. Yes, our girl is living overseas too, in Scotland. Ah, the days of knowing where they are and what they are up to, are long gone!
    We always went to my BIL's place for Christmas Eve, and on the way home our daughter & son would count the Christmas tree lights all the way home.
    Your cakes look beautiful. I can't believe you baked so many, what a marathon!

  2. My Batman is now 25 and also living overseas. He wore his suit till the legs were ending near the knees. Best money for memories well spent. Merry Christmas.

  3. The cakes look so good, I can smell them here in France. ...... If you have time i would love to see your recipe. !!!!