The days in the week leading up to Christmas were particularly stormy.
area experienced a very nasty thunderstorm with simultaneous thunder and
lightning, torrential rain, some hail and high winds one afternoon two days
before Christmas Day. A lightning strike (we think it hit our house or was very
very close by) took out the phone system in our valley and, with it, the land
line based ADSL internet service.
Our Telco said it could take up to two
weeks to get us back 'on air'. In fact it did but there was a lot of network damage all over the area. They had 4 technicians working virtually around the clock to fix everything.
Fortunately we had our
mobile (cell) phones as back up for any emergency.
We would have had to
frequent the few free WiFi hotspots in town (McDonald's, the library) to
establish day to day Internet contact with the outside world but the horrific
holiday traffic this time of year makes that trip a real chore so we only
managed to just check emails a couple of times in that two week period.
our belated Christmas 'report'.
Christmas Day dawned warm and sunny.
co driver and I headed down to the beach for our usual read and a sit in the
sun. Not many people were there at first (too busy opening presents?) but
towards mid morning families began to arrive and set up for the day. Lots of new
towels, beach tents and boogie boards too. Santa had been busy.
That was the
sign for us to head home to prepare our Christmas lunch.
generation would always have traditional British fare for Christmas. But who
wants to slave away in a hot kitchen in the middle of summer and eat food more
suitable for cold northern hemisphere winters?
My generation saw the folly of this and things have changed considerably. Seafood and/or
BBQs are now more commonplace.
-Fresh oysters on the
-Tiger prawns with wasabi and light soy
-Fresh mussels opened in a
white wine, tomato and chilli sauce
-BBQ filet steak with twice baked
potatoes and steamed brussel sprouts with parmesan
-Sticky date pudding with
whipped cream and ice cream
The wine list:
-Piper Heidsieck NV Brut
-Margan Hunter Valley Semillon 2012
-Coldstream Hills Yarra
Valley Reserve Pinot Noir 2010 (from my secret stash, hence the dusty
Storms rolled in again in the afternoon but didn't dampen our two
Good food and wine and silly hats and bon bons were the order
of the day.