Thursday, December 29, 2011
The first Christmas Day lunch at the new STLT HQ was fairly quiet with some lucky family members spending time in Hawaii. So it was just Stos and myself, L & D, Mum and Dad and three dogs. Lunch was non traditional starting with Buffalo Wings, followed by Stos's perfect pork cooked on the BBQ accompanied by scalloped potatoes, roasted baby carrots, roasted pumpkin salad with spinach, walnuts and feta and baked tomato, onion, zucchini and beans. Following on for dessert was pavlova with berries and Christmas pudding with custard. After that came almond bread, shortbread and Christmas cake - whew! We always like to have an after lunch activity on Christmas Day - watch a movie, take dogs for a walk or simply have a snooze - but this year was a bit different; we gave the dogs a bath. Evil Eve was in desperate need for a bath and it was easier to wash her in our outdoor laundry sink. And while Stos was at it, he decided that P & K could have a bath as well - much to their disgust. Dog washing complete, we then spoke to cousins in Sydney, a sister in Hawaii and a brother in Savannah, the latter interrupted by the noise from the hailstorm that hit Melbourne during the afternoon. The noise in a tin house with a tin roof was so loud that we couldn't hear ourselves think. But there was no damage, just a mini river across the backyard from the ensuing downpour. But by tomorrow the temperature will start to head north, with 36C predicted for New Year's Day. The vagaries of Melbourne weather!