Australia - East Coast

Christmas on the Beach – Sydney 2016

Sunday 25th December 2016

Can you believe another year has passed? I can’t. It feels as if its been only a few months since we were last celebrating Christmas, surrounded by Farm Friends and Family at Scotty’s in Mission Beach yet alas, here we are. Still loving life, still VERY warm, and this means now Ben and I have officially been together a YEAR. GULP.

The weather in the week running up to Christmas wasn’t too snazzy but there was high hopes for a Christmas miracle and that’s exactly what we got. We woke on December 25th to glorious blue skies and a promise of 27 degrees. Yippee! I had said from the beginning I didn’t want to go to one of the busy tourist beaches such as Bondi, Manly or Coogee for Christmas Day as I’ve heard transport there and back gets absolutely hectic and I like to avoid hectic as much as possible. Therefore when discussing plans with a family friend of mine we settled on Balmoral, a smaller (and even more beautiful), less touristy beach approximately a 40 minute bus ride from the city.

And so off we went, picnic packed, sun cream on and matching Havaianas on our feet (because why do surprise Christmas presents when you can get matchy matchy in the shoe department?!) As soon as we arrived the champagne was popped and we tucked into our delicious picnic of cold meats, chips and dips, breads and of course the obligatory mince pie. After lunch it was photo time (because if you didn’t take a picture, did it even happen?), although in hindsight we probably should have done pictures and then eaten, I’ve got a belly to rival Santa’s in most pictures, eek! All in all I really enjoyed the day and it seemed like everyone else did too. We ended the day by getting drunk with our family friend (ps check out her amazing Aussie Christmas tree decorations) and celebrating with a McDonalds, festive!

We’re now settling down to eat our body weight in chocolate (thanks to both sets of parents for sending English chocolate over, this stuff is what dreams are made of) and getting excited for New Years. We’re lucky ducks.

Till then, CHEERS!




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