Christmas a la Australia

Last Update: December 19, 2013

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!

Mariette ;0)

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MmmmBalf Premium
Merry Christmas from Melbourne. Not quite as hot here, although we had 40 yesterday. Only going to be 29 on Christmas Day. We do the traditional dinner with turkey & ham etc regardless of temp :)
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Animate Premium
Hard to shake that British tradition,eh?
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Internetgranny Premium
Love your pictures and your post reminding us of how differently all of us here at WA experience Christmas. Wish you Merry Christmas and happy, healthy and prosperous new year too.

Just read Damien's 'crazy' post and when I read 'shoveling', my brain instantly supplied 'snow' and had to properly think when it read 'gravel'. I originally come from Austria where we have a lot more snow than England, and being hot at Christmas has always been a strange concept to me.

I did find Damien's post hard going - also because I hate 'text-speak' and don't even use it when texting, so my brain has to 'translate' every 4 into a 'for'...
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Animate Premium
I think being hot at Christmas is also a strange concept for many Aussies. They send Christmas cards with snowy scenes, and some still have a traditional English Christmas dinner with plum pud and all. I'm with you on the text-speak - must be because we're a bit old fashioned, maybe?
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Damien Lane Premium
Hi Mariette, nice post - great snap

(ps i worked a looooong day today - that map looks about right :(..........;) )
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Animate Premium
Thanks!
Yes, saw your crazy post - d'you think the yanks and the poms will understand it?
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Damien Lane Premium
who are yanks & poms......sorry, had to
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Damien Lane Premium
verry good point Mariette,

which I neglected to A seriously -

it is serious.....

this is G's evolutionary baby step........

this tower of babel is a complex issue....

I can't even imagine where u begin to solve this kind of a puzzle.....

its one thing to do a pg translate..............?...................
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Animate Premium
Gee Damien, now even I don't know what you are talking about!
Today is cooler - much more comfortable to shovel lots of gravel.
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Damien Lane Premium
no shoveling gravel today! yea!!!!!?!!!
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edgie Premium
Yes it's certainly been hot here in Adelaide this week we had a top of 43 deg.C yesterday and not much cooler today ,,,, so 40deg.C =104deg.F I was thinking about that metric yesterday I was going to put a comment up here at WA about it, anyway Merry Christmas have a good one :)
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Animate Premium
It hasn't been too hot until now. It was around 38degC (100degF) here today, enough to keep me inside for most of the day with the aircon on.
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Berny W Premium
Hi Edgie - I'm in SA too, 35 km north of Gawler. You may be my closest WA neighbour in all time. Do you mind if I ask where you are from please? Cheers - Berny
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LadyOdd Premium
Merry Christmas! I love that picture, beautiful. I am in Arizona, so no white Christmas for me :( At least it's not in the 100's for a few more months.
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edgie Premium
Merry Christmas ladyodd
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Animate Premium
Hi Stacy, thanks - I should send you some more pics for your free-pic website. I had an early Christmas present from my kids - a new camera, since I wrecked the old one by getting beach sand in it. :o(
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LadyOdd Premium
Merry Christmas Edgie
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LadyOdd Premium
Yay new camera! Send me any new ones you want to share and I will get them added
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