My sister Lee always makes a wonderful antipasta platter to start the meal....frittata, BBQ chicken balls, cheeses, olives, fruit etc. Just scrumptious.
We had roast turkey with maple syrup glaze, roast lamb with garlic and rosemary, ham on the bone, and masses of beautiful vegetables.
We had Chocolate meringue mousse cake, strawberry flan and much, much more. I love having the family sitting around our table for a special lunch! There's always plenty left over which keeps us going for days after the lunch.
Afterwards there's always time for a bit of cricket for the boys and this year my nephew Hugh had his first driving lesson....in the farm ute out in the hay paddock. He did super and in years to come I'm sure we'll always remember his first lesson.
I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas too. It's a special time of the year.
And of course there were the present from family....so special, my sister Lee just knows me so well!!!!
This beautiful cross pendant by Ayala Bar.
An amazing book on the ceramics of the Ottomans....this book is truly luscious (and will inspire many a painting I am sure). The colour plates are beautiful !!!!
I have a bit of a reputation as a Bower Bird (and I do love blue, especially indigo, just like the bower bird). Previous books by Sibella Court are ETC. and NOMAD which are equally as lovely as this one.
And what a treat this little horse was..... a Kogo (japanese incense holder) .... my heart skipped a beat when I opened this one. I had admired it at Kazari a while ago and my lovely little sister went back and bought it for me. It is only about 1.5 inches high. Such a treasure. In the background is a gorgeous specimen vase I bought from Erinswindow. Each Sunday a light a candle for my mum and now I also place a flower in this little vase I bought for her. I bought one for Lee too so she can do the same.
A beautiful pottery teapot by Samantha Robinson. I love her work and over the years have purchased quite a bit of it for Lee as she collects her pottery. The little painting behind is one that I bought from Magaly Ohika quite a while back .... another artist whose work I love and like to support.
Yesterday I had my friend Dot come out for a day of eco dyeing. The above were from our onion dye bath pictured, and also a couple from a red cabbage dye bath. It's lovely to do something creative when we get together. Dot has already unwrapped hers (and they look amazing....I'm trying to wait a day or two longer....but may succumb to opening one of them later today ....)
I hope your Christmas was filled with happiness and love .... just as mine was.