As many of you know Icelandic persons celebrate Christmas in a way that I love. The government sends each resident a catalog of books before the big day. The residents pick out the books they plan to buy for their family members and off they go shopping. On Christmas Day they all receive their books as gifts and they they settle down and read for the day. That sounds like heaven to me so we will come close to doing that tomorrow.
We have celebrated Christmas with a surrogate family (friends with kids) on Saturday so most of it is over. Mr. Penguin and I celebrate it on Christmas Eve. Christmas morning is spent quietly at home, reading the papers, books, magazines and a leisurely breakfast. I might add it is to be 24 degrees C tomorrow here (75 F) so a lovely summer day. Then a friend will join us for afternoon tea later in the day.
I bought these books last year but they arrived too late to read them for the season so looking at them tomorrow. Very northern hemisphere but I love the covers and the authors.
Then it’s over. Of course the big Sydney to Hobart boat race begins on Boxing Day (26th) and we usually listen to a bit of that news or watch them leave Sydney Harbour on TV. The boats begin arriving in Hobart around the 27th (the big maxis) to New Year’s day (the smaller ones.) I admire the smaller ones taking on this race. I’m not interested in the multi-million dollars racing boats. It’s those that sail on the smaller boats across treacherous Bass Strait that seem to have the spirit of the race in them, in my humble, non boating opinion. They are all scored on handicap. I might post up a few photos later in the week.
Today I decided to take the bus into town and get a bit of Christmas Spirit. I missed the first one so just started walking. I knew the next one would be along in another 35 minutes or so. It takes one hour, ten minutes to get into the city centre from my house. Once the next bus was due I stopped at a bus shelter and sat down for a little rest. It was very hot today. 31 degrees C (88 F). An Indonesian woman, named Clara, who has lived in South Hobart for many years was at the stop. I loved the flowers in her hair and the little Christmas hat she wore. We chatted for about 10 minutes and then both of us rode the bus into town. She certainly was enjoying the Christmas season. I ran into her again on the way back to the bus home. She was carrying two heavy grocery bags and I asked her if I could help, but she waved me away and said she was taking a taxi home. So we wished each other well again and went on our merry way.
While in town I sat at Bojangles cafe which is located in the Elizabeth Mall. (For you American friends, a mall here is an area outdoors- not like you have.) I had a toasted cheese sandwich and a large, cold milkshake and people watched for about 30 minutes. It was fun watching everyone walk past with large bags and parcels, funny t shirts and all kinds of hats.
I then went on my way, finished my errands and caught the bus home. I am looking forward to peace and quiet now in the coming week. I haven’t decided if I’ll do the Boxing Day sales. I think it might be a bit mad and I really don’t need a thing. I think I just talked myself into staying home and playing with Odie and Molly.
There are some fun summer photography challenges happening with our club so I will have a closer look at the topics and see what I can get up to with my camera. I need to practise using my camera on its tripod more often. Sharper photos but so often I just don’t bother. There is always something to work on in photography.
I am looking forward to seeing what books people get from Santa and I look forward to the year ahead reading, mostly what is on my shelf. Stay tuned.
Merry Christmas to all my online friends and let’s hope 2019 is a really good year, personally, environmentally and politically.
Enjoy the photos.
Last but not least- the photo challenge for this week from Hobart Photographic Society fun challenge. The theme this week is: LIQUID.