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Fa La La La La, La La La Low

I've been feeling a little low and poorly. I am lucky to have very good friends and doctors.

And Peri and Gilly.

Here is their Christmas photo for the 2012 card and the song. (Sing along to 'Deck the Halls')

We'll be taking a little break now. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Christmas 2012 A
Red, The Labradors’ noses are glowing,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
It’s so hot we wish it was snowing,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Don we now our Christmas holly,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Wishing you a season jolly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

All the ‘fa la’s can be trying.
(Decorate the tree and write your cards)
Santa soon will be a-flying
Over bush and towns and our backyards.
Peri and Gilly wag their tails,
They hear bells, little hoofs, what can it mean?
It means Christmas without fail,
And a happy year in Twenty-Thirteen.

Advents Australia Fair

It has been a little too fair: the bushfire warning took up ten minutes every half hour on the radio and the wind whipped up fires thought to be extinguished. There were 78 fire trucks in operation on Friday. Luckily there was no loss of life. Of course this week temperatures will plummet and the forecast is for snow down to the 800m level. Summer is here, Tasmanian style!!

My Secret Knitting Project's not a secret any more. And when I type that, in my head it's Doris Day singing Secret Love. I knitted Advent Calendar Garlands!!!


Advent 1
and #2

Advent 2
and here is one, garlanded.

Garland 1 Garland 2
By the time I finished I had lost the will to knit six long thin strips and so I sewed  material ones instead and crocheted loops for the end. I finished on November 30th, right at the last moment.

I have some other Christmas knitting books and I will be knitting from them next year. I've had this garland in mind for a couple of years. Oh, suddenly it sounded funny to say 'next year' already. Where has this year gone??

Gilly has Sandy in mind. It's love.

Gilly Sandy
And then they run close enough for me to see them properly.

Gilly and Sandy
Meanwhile, Peri has run the length of the park to meet Sandy's dad and get a pat, what a lovely girl she is!! (He has no rice crackers either)

Peri is a lovely girl
And here she is close enough too.

Peri flies
Even though the temperature has come down, Peri and Gilly still need to regularly immerse themselves in the paddle pool and then lie in the holes they've dug.

And we have a blowfly inside and I hate using flyspray, but I may have to.

I have been having a late Spring tidy and organising of Christmas craft things. I've bought a few presents and I'm making a list and not checking it at all so far. I must get a wriggle on as there are three Christmas outings this week and I have to make a present, or four.

Right now I'm whipping up some butterfly cakes with lemon curd for tonight.