Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Quiet Country Christmas

This Christmas feels a bit out of kilter ....a new house in a country town instead of our freshly decorated city home, losing Dad, and awful heatwave reached 111 degrees and all my lovely flowers fried, but Christmas rolls on!
I finally finished my Rich Irish Christmas Cake. It has about 4 Kilos of fruit which is soaked in whisky and stirred every day for 3 weeks. Baking takes about 4 hours and more whisky poured over while it is still warm. Boy is it heavy!!
The unbearable heat has turned the hills to gold all around the house
Early evening from the front porch.
 I was a little tense as the temperature soared to 44 (111)
hoping the bushfire sirens wouldn't go off!

A couple of survivors were the Nepetas (catmint)


I sprayed our 12 week old girls with water every couple of hours

A light thrifting week but I did find this very old soda siphon bottle for a song


Merry Christmas from my Family to yours

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  1. Hi Meg, I saw your comment over at Kimberly's blog and had to come over to say how sorry I am for the loss of your dad. It is so difficult at any time but especially around Christmas.
    You have a lovely blog and it is amazing that it is so hot where you are...I do hope you don't get those dreadful fires!
    I hope you can find some joy during the holidays...I wish you the best. xo

  2. hello dear meg, honey much love to you this Christmas. Losing your dad is tough, I hope you are surrounded with love and great memories.
    wow you have been hammered with the heat!. we sure know how to do summer here in Oz don't we. your cake looks fab!!...yum!...cheers to dad!
    much love, Al x

  3. Dear Meg, changes are difficult. I want to share with you something a friend shared with me: "If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in very situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul." Rabbi Harold Kushner. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Christa

  4. The weather here has been horribly hot too. I really don't enjoy it at all. Our chooks have been feeling the heat too, poor things walking around with their beaks open trying to cool down.
    And theirs been plenty of vegie seedlings falling victim to the heat- almost cooking in their pots.
    Wishing you a relaxing Christmas. x

  5. Yes the heat is very unusually hot for December,so stay cool. Merry Christmas Meg x

  6. Agh! The heat is horrid. I hate what it does to everything. Looks like your garden held up beautifully though. We did the same with our chooks, spraying them with water. Seems to get them through. Phew. Do you put mulch in your chook pen? x

  7. I'm over the heat also, wishing you a very happy Christmas.

  8. Visiting from Thriftasaurus. Your cake looks so amazing. Beautiful photos, gorgeous roses. Darn heat, it must be terrible.

    So sorry you have recently lost your Dad.

  9. Is your cat a Russian Blue? Your Christmas Cake looks delicious! Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas.

  10. That view, dayum! And kitty too :) Beautiful. It was hot as hell this weekend here, too!

  11. Beautiful home and even in the heat it is gorgeous. Love the siphon bottle you found. Thank you for joining TTF!

  12. Your house and the view from your terrace are stunning! Lovely chicks and such a cute cat. Well, you're having a heat wave and we're having constant rain. We should have frost and snow, but none... You have a lovely blog. I hope you'll have a happy new year 2014!

    Greetings from Finland,

  13. Such pretty photos and your cat is adorable! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  14. What an amazing view you have! Gorgeous!! I love the thrifted bottle you found. I am featuring this post at TTG FB page today! thank you for sharing at TTF this week.

  15. Hi Meg,
    My goodness, that cake sounds very interesting! :) I hope you are staying cool and the temps drop soon. Love your seltzer bottle! Thank you so much for sharing your pretty pictures for Fresh-Cut Friday. Happy New Year!

  16. Your roses are lovely and your Rich Irish Cake looks so lovely and delicious!

    Linking from Fresh Cut Friday!
    Ricki Jill


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