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Musings from Bruny

Our first Tasmanian Christmas began in earnest last week when we were invited to the Dennes Point resident’s festive get together – what was described to us as the traditional get together for those who live here before the chaos of holiday crowds. We were instructed to bring a plate to share and something to drink.

In what we’re coming to realise is true Bruny style, the weather had turned cool and rain was predicted so any consideration of a party dress went out the window and it was again jeans and sneakers. Thank heaven I have invested heavily in Converse and Vans in multiple colours!

Marcus has reported previously on the great salmon escape of 2021 and a consequence of this was an abundance of home smoked salmon on the party table. I opted for Bill Granger’s cheat’s version of sausage rolls.

Thankfully the boxes (and boxes) of Christmas decorations were clearly labelled and so the tree was erected and select items were put on display. As is becoming the norm we look at each other and mutter ‘we should have culled more!’. Thankfully Ruby is oblivious to the tree and it remains intact with minimal tail damage incurred.

What’s Christmas without family and friends and we are lucky to be sharing the celebrations this year with Marcus’s sister Beverley who flew in from Orange, and our dear friend Regina who arrived from Bendigo. I made the easy drive to Hobart airport to collect them and watched and listened with delight as they observed our new locale on the way home. Many ferry photos followed!

We arrived back at # 87 to find Marcus hanging curtain lights from the balcony. I wouldn’t like to lay bets on it but I think we might be the only house in Dennes Point with a slightly Griswold effect. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

13 thoughts on “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

  1. Mel says:

    I am just loving your blog (now that I have time to enjoy reading it!!). Your Christmas Tree is delightful – so glad Ruby is behaving herself around those bird feathers. The Griswold effect is a good thing (as long as Cousin Eddy & Snots don’t arrive!!). Enjoy your first Bruny Christmas!! XX


    1. Jan says:

      Thank you darling one, have a great Christmas


  2. Raymond David Ward says:

    Wishing you and Marcus a fabulous first Christmas. Ray & Dyanne. PS – we’ve been waiting for you to settle in but would love to catch up early in the New Year via VC (with an accompanying bottle of bubble, bien sur, to celebrate!)


  3. Lyn Barakat says:

    Merry Christmas to you and Marcus Jan. I’m thoroughly enjoying you blog. Bob and I spent a beautiful 10 days or so on Bruny back in 2015. Just loved it! Enjoy the festive season and here’s to a better year in 2021!!


    1. Jan says:

      To you too xx


  4. Sally says:

    How wonderful to have house guests, big hug to Dr Reggie from me!


    1. Jan says:

      Done! Xx


  5. jenniferderrick2800 says:

    Have a very merry Christmas and an exciting New Year!


  6. Mary-Anne Fogarty says:

    Have a wonderful Christmas with my little sister! We miss you all and love reading all about your life on Bruny.

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    1. Jan says:

      Thanks Jen, love to you all xx

      Liked by 1 person

    2. Jan says:

      Hi MA it’s great to have her here with us. Xx

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  7. Ginny says:

    We are eagerly waiting to read more of your Christmas on Bruny. How nice to have Bev there. We are home alone as the covid figures here are ‘sky high’. Happy Christmas from Bexleyheath. Gin and Barry.🇬🇧

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  8. Jan says:

    Thanks Gin, we have had a great day – too much food and wine! Love to you and Barry xx

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