Inspirational Quotes

I’ve been thinking about doing this for our son for ages, and today was the day!

I wanted to have a small inspirational quote in his room for him to see as he goes to sleep each night. Or on his desk as he does homework.

There are many options available these days to display your own quotes or lists – light boards, pin boards, and white or blackboards. But I thought something small and relatively unobtrusive would be the best thing for us. Easy to see at the right time, but not annoyingly large and in the way.

So I found an old photo frame, chose a quote, printed it up, and that’s it!


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Family Holiday to Far North Queensland, Part 3

Today is the third and final instalment of our recent family holiday. (If you haven’t been following along, my little family, along with my parents, and one of my sisters and her family spent some time away together. You can read the previous parts here and here)

We left Cairns behind, and made our way south to our next stop at Ingham. This is the part of the holiday I was most looking forward to – my brother and I were born in Ingham! **Warning! Photo overload alert!**

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Our Aussie Bush Christmas

This year we celebrated Christmas in the picturesque Hunter Valley with my sister and her family. My parents, my brother and his family also came, which made 15 around the table! I have another sister, but she lives in Hong Kong so wasn’t with us this year.

We love having a ‘Ros’ Christmas, because food is her thing. We all do a great job at Christmas, of course, but she is a bit more used to feeding the hungry hoards. And if you are ever in this part of New South Wales, I recommend visiting Mojo’s: the restaurant, the Deli, or grabbing one of Ros’ picnic hampers. No, I wasn’t paid to say that! But she is my sister so I am allowed 😉

Anyway, because I love Christmas so much, I am going to share our Aussie bush Christmas celebration with you all… Prepare for photo overload!

We arrived first, so were able to lend a hand setting up. Here’s the simple but tasteful table:

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Bunting adorned the rafters

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There’s been a lot of rain lately, so it was very green and lush

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Love these rustic Santas decorating the tables

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Saffy didn’t want to miss out on the celebrations 🙂

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Mosquito coils are a necessity in this weather

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I contributed a baked camembert for the before-lunch nibblies

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I also made Nuts and Bolts, and there were plenty of dips and chips as well.

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Present time before the meal – no-one can wait any longer!

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Our entrée was DIY smoked salmon bruschetta

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Main course was traditional baked ham, turkey, and potato bake, along with a couple of fresh salads. There was plenty of wine, juice and soft drink to wash it all down.

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We were all very full after these two courses, so everyone took some time away from the table. Checkers was a popular pastime

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Later, everyone joined in a game of cricket, including the dogs and the horse. A gentle stroll was required to reach the pitch

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Fresh watermelon was most welcome in the hot afternoon sun

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and Saffy appreciated the watermelon rind

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Thongs and flies, synonymous with an Australian summer!

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Exhausted from all the cricket, we returned to the house

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‘Dinner’ was dessert – Christmas pudding (and custard), trifle, gingerbread, nougat and shortbread. Plenty of fruit was brought out as well. This confused the kids no end, but they managed! It was nearly 7pm by this stage!

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Ros’ famous Christmas pudding

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Two camp sites had been set up to cater for all the extra bodies. Thankfully, it wasn’t too hot so the campers were quite comfortable.

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We enjoyed each others’ company as the sun went down

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We had a lazy start to Boxing Day, but were treated to a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, Christmas ham, bacon, roasted tomatoes and toast. Yum!

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A generous local friend had offered the use of her pool, so off we went after breakfast. How’s this for a pool with a view?

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More culinary treats were on the menu, including mum’s smoked salmon puffs

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There were plenty of shenanigans in the pool

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Back to the house and some leftovers for lunch, before packing. A storm was approaching so we had decided to head home rather than camping another night. We were sorry to be leaving a little earlier than originally planned, but we will all catch up again before the school holidays are over.

After all that fun, no-one can blame a boy for falling asleep shortly after we begin the drive home!

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So that’s our Aussie bush Christmas. I hope you enjoyed your Christmas as much as we enjoyed ours!

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