Friday, December 28, 2007

My Christmas

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! My holiday period has been relatively stress free, especially in comparison to past years. On my birthday (Sunday 23rd) I went to the zoo with my dad (who came down from the country for a couple of days) and brothers and their partners and had a picnic lunch. I haven't been to the zoo in so long, so it was nice wandering around the gardens and looking at the animals all day.

A gorgeous gorilla at the zoo

Me with my dad and both my brother's girlfriends having a picnic lunch

Me at the zoo on a (fake) seal

After the zoo we went to St Kilda for dinner and cosmopolitans, followed by ice cream- like most of my meals are lately!

My brother, his girlfriend and a friend eating ice cream

Christmas eve was some last minute shopping, I love shopping on Christmas eve, it just seems so exciting. Then I met up with my dad and step mum for lunch on Lygon st and some more shopping. Later that night my dad and step mum came over and we had a lovely dinner and champagne at a restaurant across the road from where I live in Fitzroy. The food and wine was so lovely and the fact that it is directly across the road from my house means I will definitely be back soon!

On Christmas morning my dad and step mum came over on their way back to the country to help set up the gift they bought me- a boxing ball on a stand. I love boxing, so it is an awesome gift for me! Then I went to my mum's for dinner with my brothers and some extended family. We had the traditional Australian BBQ of prawns, snapper and salmon as well as hot beef and chicken roasts for those that don't like seafood. I ate to complete excess and felt sick at the end of the night, but it was fun!

The Christmas tree at my mum's- can you believe none of those presents were for me!

Me, my brother's girlfriend and a friend

On boxing day I attempted to go to Chaddy for the sales, but the crowds got the better of me and I didn't buy anything. I had some vouchers to spend and I love shopping, but I just couldn't make a decision with so many people around me. People get so crazy at these sales, I just can't see that it is worth it to save $20.

Yesterday I went to the Yarra Valley (wine region) with a friend. It is my absolute favourite area in the world and every time I visit I make all these plans to move there and build a gorgeous little house and run my own book store. We went to 5 wineries and I bought 7 bottles of wine, so I am not sure how that is going to go with my New Years resolutions... Then we had a late lunch and ice cream (of course) in Healseville before heading home.

Sipping pink champagne at a winery in the Yarra Valley

The beautiful vines in the Yarra Valley

Stopping by the side of the road to admire the scenery between wineries

I have a few more days off before I have to go back to work, so I am hoping to go on a few more day trips to enjoy some good food and wine before I get on board DIET 2008!


  1. That looks like a whole lot of good times and fun stuff :D And it looks like the weather was really good as well. It was a bit overcast over here. Glad you had such a great Christmas.

  2. Aww, fun times! Makes me want to go to the zoo myself, actually!

  3. PS- I don't think I told you... I moved blogs under sufferance:


  4. Woo hoo, looks like you had a lovely Christmas! Good for you! I hope you didn't do as much damage to the scales as I did!

  5. Looks like your Christmas was a blast! I have always wanted to make the crowns with my family - but no one wants to do it! Might come and hang with your family next Christmas!!

    So looking forward to 2008 - you have NO idea!

  6. Ahhhhhhh!!! Oh my gosh, the zoo! That would've been such an awesome birthday; I think the zoo is one place that never loses its magic, no matter how old you get :-D

    The Yarra Valley looks absolutely stunning, I can totally imagine you and your little bookshop there :-D

    Glad to hear that your Christmas wasn't as mad crazy as it has been in the past. Good luck for New Years O_O

  7. I have never been to the yarra valley.. but we lived near coonawarra for a few years, total bliss!!!

    My best friends birthday is also on the 23rd dec... she hates how she gets so many combined presents.. do people also do that to you??

    i am with your - 2008 is great to be great!

  8. Looks like you had a lovely Christmas. And eating too much on that day...that's usually a given for me.
    I always like the zoo and the wine country looks awesome! My hubby grew up near the napa valley wine region in California and we still haven't been after all these years though I begged one year we ended up always going to San Francisco. I'm not a big wine drinker but I love the countryside.

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