Merry Christmas

Christmas Eve, it’s 9am and I have just finished the last of the fruit and veg….the shopping centre is becoming bedlam, and I am about to start preparations for tomorrows lunch. It’s going to be a balmy 36C here tomorrow, so a cold lunch is on the cards. Still turkey and ham, but cold with salads, followed by a big BBQ of Bacon and Eggs……..Moth’s favourite; it is his birthday after all.

We went up to the local shopping centre last night and did a bit of personal shopping; it actually wasn’t too bad, car parking was a breeze and not to crammed with people. Picked up a few pre Xmas bargains, got a free cupcake (Vegan for me, Gluten Free for Moth) – Yummo. We then came home and wandered up the street, every year our neighbours go crazy with Christmas Lights, theses ones here are from last year. I didn’t take the camera and tripod out this year……..apparently our little street is famous this season and the cars, people and dogs everywhere, it is quite ridiculous………way too dangerous to set up a tripod.

So we just wandered along, chatting to neighbours and enjoying the sights. It was a lovely balmy summer evening, perfect for wandering the streets. One neighbour has set up a snow machine this year, which was a delight for all the kids.

Christmas Eve for us used to be a very big tradition, before kids it was always a huge raging party at our place, with bodies everywhere Christmas morning. Then once we had the kids it was staying up late (late changed as the kids got older) and watched Children’s Movies…..Disney and Pixar classics. My Children now both work long hours in retail in the weeks leading up until Christmas and always work Christmas Eve……Moth and I will either wander the streets with the neighbours or if it rains (40% chance of it) we will sit at home and watch movies anyway.

For those of you in Colder Climates, this sums up the Aussie & NZ Christmas perfectly

From my family to your family I wish you all the Merriest of Days, what ever you do. Don’t forget to hugs your loved ones and fur babies.

Merry Christmas………Julz, xo

Christmas fun with Jess and Mel

A little naughty, but very nice and a whole lot of laughs with these two sweet and fun girls. We wanted to do a Rock-a-billy inspired Christmas shoot, which was very cheeky, sexy and fun.It really was such a fun afternoon with these two, I am sure you will see them again. Jess is on the left and Mel is on the right

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“One day of coal for 363 days of fun? Now THAT’s odds I can go for!!”

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From Me and Mel& Jess we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a VERY happy new year! xo

~ Julz

Another 52 Week Challenge – Week 15

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Cheers with Christmas Lights

This 52 week challenge run by The Girl That Dreams Awake is at Week 15, and we are looking at Christmas, a bit early for me; so I need to dive into the archives for this one. Actually this is not last Christmas but the year before, still some lovely shots in and around my marvelous Melbourne.

I must get started on thinking about Christmas this year, I have not done my e-card or present lists or anything. I am normally one of those irritating obsessive must have everything done early for Christmas people…….but this year it has kind of snuck up on me. I knew it was coming, but this year has gone so very quickly.

~ Julz

 

 

Christmas Cheer

I was out playing with new camera and a Android App called Camera Remote, and my tripod. I am lucky to have some neighbors who love Christmas Lights, so I spent quite awhile out there. Unfortunately did not come away with much…………oh well more experimenting!

Xmas 2014 (1 of 1)

Aperture Priority, 1/4 Sec SP, F/ 5.6 ISO 4000 (why it’s a bit grainy) 22mm, no flash

Xmas 2014 (1 of 1)-2

Aperture Priority, 1/8 Sec SP, F/ 5.6 ISO 3200 (why it’s still a bit grainy too) 55mm, no flash