Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays

I hope everyone around the world is having a fabulous Christmas. We usually have a very hot day in Australia but over the last few days we have had a lot of rain and even hail. Most of today has been 13 degrees celsius.

My first picture today is an Australian White Cockatoo. We have many native birds that visit our garden and every now and then we get Cockatoos. They are lovely birds but do tend to like to eat anything made of wood. They have been known to eat timber windows and verandas.

Merry Christmas from Down Under.

I had a lovely day with my family and thought I'd share with you some of my favourite Christmas decorations.
These little houses are made from Woodcraft kits, lots of paint and lots of glitter. We usually place these little houses on the fire place but this year Mum had a new cupboard built so we decided to set it up on it. Its super cute (even if I do say myself) and is extra special as the cupboard has lights. We do however need lots more little trees so I'll be on the lookout for these in the post Christmas sales.

We traditionally have Christmas at my Mums. Mum always bakes pork, chicken and turkey with baked vegetables. Desert is a trifle made of jelly, custard, cake and cream. We  have a steamed plum pudding. This year we even tried to ignite it with brandy. But  despite our efforts it would not ignite.

The Christmas table is always covered with Christmas treats and bon bons or Christmas Crackers. These are always great fun as the jokes inside are always terrible, the hats never fit and the little toys inside seem to fling across the room. (sometimes the toys are perfect for miniatures)

 Putting a Christmas tree up in our lounge room is a long held tradition in my family. This year I didn't have a tree so I put lots of my decorations on my Mums Tree.

When I was very little I would also put out my Christmas pillow case for Santa. I remember driving my Mum crazy on Christmas Day.

From about 4 am in the morning I'd start asking Mum if I could get up to check if Santa had been. Mum would eventually give in and I would run out to the tree and drag my full pillow case to her room. Then I would take my presents out one by one out of the pillow case and be so excited. Great Memories.

My Mum and I have started a collection of these little birds. We aim to buy one each Christmas but of course have got carried away (there are now several on our Christmas tree)

This little bird is my Great Grandmar's. It's the only one that has survived over the years. We had to add some tail feathers to it last year as it was looking rather sad.

I hope your all enjoyed your celebrations and would love to hear from you about your holidays and traditions.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hahndorf Inspiration

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to go to Adelaide, South Australia.

It was my very first time to S.A. so before I went I asked several people about what I should see.

Everyone suggested to go to the German influenced town of Hahndorf.

It was definitely worth a visit. Lots of mini inspiration from the historic buildings.

 There are many speciality shops, lots of lovely food and things to see. One of my first stops was the German Candle Shop. It was fabulous! My first picture in this post is of  their front window. The candle arch or Schwebebogen.( I soooo want one...and I would settle for one that is miniature) I wish I could have shown you more of the shop...but unfortunately they had a 'no photos' policy inside.

I also visited the local museum. Inside was this wonderful model house. Outstanding! It is completely made by hand using a pocket knife. What patience this person had. The photo doesn't do it justice.

 I love Nutcrackers and have a small collection of my own. They look great grouped together in this window.

I also went to the National Motoring Museum. Again totally worth visiting. Many fabulous cars to see. I thought this building would be interesting in miniature. Especially the chimney.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

150 Followers Give Away Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered my give-away. It was great to here from each and everyone of the 29 entrants.

The winner is.....


I will contact you via your blog.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

150 Followers Giveaway

Yes it is finally time for a give away. I have been looking for some time for something a little bit different and a little bit Christmassy. I finally found these four adorable little Santa mugs perfect for a Christmas table. Also included in the give away is a little ornament for your real size Christmas tree.The little ornament has an Aussie Koala depicted. I'd love to say that I see Koalas all around in the bush. Unfortunately they are becoming endangered and I've yet to see one in real life (other than in the Zoo!)

Now to the Giveaway Rules:

To enter the giveaway:
1. You must be a follower of my blog.
2. If you have a blog please make a link to my blog.
3. Leave a comment under this post.

Good Luck. Entries close on the 15th of December 2012