Merry & Bright

As I write this, we can travel again, borders are opening up( and closing down) , venues increasing capacity and people are speaking of ‘freedom’. But it is only another step on the long and ever-changing path of attaining a new normal.

So, after being home for months except for trips to Ballarat for essentials, do I want to venture out? Yes, as far as a cuppa catch up with friends, to reconnect with my ‘tribe’, Nick being able to hang out with his mates and both Pete & Nick to get back to CFA training.

As to Christmas holiday plans I think we will be staying close to home, who says you must getaway to have a holiday? So, starting with Christmas, a day with family or friends- of catching up and laughter, I am sure that is what we all have on our Christmas wish list this year! But don’t clutter it up with stuff and have expectations of being perfect. Just Keep it Simple.

May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope; The spirit of Christmas which is peace; The heart of Christmas which is love.

Ada V Hendricks

The plan is to decorate the house and garden with twinkling lights and natural simple decorations and celebrate with yummy fruit and a barbecue with a prawn or two. As the Holidays continue to the New Year to eat fresh from the garden, potter in the early morning and cool evenings, watering, wedding and harvesting and most importantly relaxing because after a nearly a year of being in a state of mind, where you are constantly looking outside yourself for answers has been exhausting and frightening at times.

“Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.”

Dr. Seuss

Our tips on relaxing:

Breathe deep, breath the scent of the garden,

Just sit and not talk

Listen to music that feeds your soul and lifts your spirit

Read include books in gift giving and stock up from the library,

Learn and practise slow crafts knitting, whittling, sewing, welding, mending handcrafts that will be of value in coming years.

Plan a few day trips or just pick a direction and head off on an adventure (pack your food and essentials so you can stop in just the right place for lunch)


“What is Christmas? It is the tenderness of the past, courage for the present, and hope for the future.

Agnes M. Pahro

So our Christmas wish for all is to hold on to the simple things, to listen to our inner voice and to follow our intuitions, because after such a tumultuous year (and heading into the unknown of 2021) it surely is a blessing to be able to do so. 

Merry & bright Christmas Wishes to All

Kez, Pete & Nick