Category Archives: Holidays

Bits of Aussie Influence for Christmas

While we celebrated Christmas in Jersey, Australian influence was seen in the details. From reindeer sightings, or wait… are those kangaroos? to a glass ornament hanging on our tree, to Aussie Jingle Bells by Colin Buchanan, “Oh, jingle bells, jingle … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks and Going Home

Thanksgiving has come and gone.  Thanksgiving came and went without a whole turkey (I roasted a $65 turkey breast from our local butcher over the weekend), without family football, without stuffing, without pumpkin pie, without a parade and almost without turkey-hand … Continue reading

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Cup Day

Our first Tuesday in November, Melbourne Cup Day, (and State of Victoria public holiday) was spent at home organizing Halloween candy and watching the “race that stops a nation.”  We saw many champagne flutes and fascinators fluttering about the marquees.  Then the horses … Continue reading

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Halloween Rising

Halloween is alive and well in Melbourne.  Its popularity is growing fast.  Apparently it’s growing so fast that those unable to purchase their own Halloween decorations would go so far as to steal their neighbor’s decorations.  Our skeleton went missing late last week and my … Continue reading

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Have kids. Will celebrate.

September normally brings on a new school year, falling temperatures and lots and lots and lots of birthdays, including my children born 2 years apart, minus 2 days to be exact.  Last year I was able to eek out a combo-celebration.  This year I … Continue reading

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You’re Welcome, President Obama

We tried to give the 4th of July its justice.  Daddy and daughter saw a summer movie, Cars 2, even though it’s barely 50 degrees outside and raining.  We created a BBQ indoors by making pulled pork in the oven, even though my inquisitive … Continue reading

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Aussie Dad

It was not Father’s Day in Australia, yesterday, the third Sunday in June.  Even though we made a card, bought a gift and planned a weekend in the Yarra Valley (much more to post later), we were still those Americans who failed to realize … Continue reading

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