Christmas a la Australia
While our English cousins are knee deep in snow, and expecting a cosy white Christmas around a log fire, we here in Southern regions will be sweltering in 40deg.C heat (104deg.F). For many it will mean a Christmas picnic at the beach, or a BBQ around the pool. What a contrast!
It is also bushfire season, when firies and volunteers will be called out to battle blazes in tinder dry bush. I recall one Christmas day many years ago, as we stood on the beach at Cronulla (South of Sydney) as a bushfire raged across the bay in the Royal National Park. The smoke almost obscured the sun which was just a red ball throwing an eerie light on everything. Blackened leaves and twigs drifted down and littered the sand, littered everything, and left a black tide mark as the waves washed them up. It was like you might imagine Armageddon to be.
Here is an early morning smoke-hazy photo I took on the beach at Umina during recent bushfires.
Merry Christmas, or Happy Holidays everyone, whatever you celebrate in your part of the world. Here's also wishing you a very happy, prosperous and healthy new year!