A sampling of life at Devon House on beautiful Norfolk Island. Family and island events, personal reflections and discoveries, reminiscences of times past, and my personal creative journeys in the realms of crazy patchwork and textiles.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
SPECIAL DELIVERY FOR CHRISTMAS
I am always sorry when the Christmas/holiday seasonis drawing to a close, because there are always wonderful occasions with family and friends, and a relaxed abandonment of normal routines. Some special memories are created at this time, and our rather impromtu Boxing Day get-together was a great example.
I say "impromptu", but Kim had been thinking it up behind the scenes. Originally I just thought we were going to have a nice Christmas leftover lunch, and a special repeat Christmas celebration with Miriam, Sarah and Emily, who had arrived from New Zealand that morning.
But Kim, who is a wonderful "events organiser", had arranged for some family and friends, including a number of children to come around to experience a special event - the arrival of Santa on the Bobcat!
There was of course plenty of food and drink, and everyone was in a relaxed mood.
Then there was a buzz of excitement - not to mention a buzz of an engine! And Father Christmas made his entrance from the trees on a rather unusual mode of transport!!
There followed a session of handing out presents, with a generous sprinkling of ho-ho-ho's, in a voice that sounded remarkably like one of my sons!!!
Young and old got in on the act!
Finally it was time to say goodbye
Santa performed a few tricks for his audience
And disappeared back into the woods!
It was a really happy occasion, right in the spirit of goodwill that should characterise Christmas!
William greatly enjoyed it all. But he is not silly. When he caught sight of Father Christmas's hat ( inadvertently left lying around) a couple of days later, he commented that his Dad had looked really funny wearing it.
I am primarily a creative and family person. My passion is creative textile work, and I am a collector of anything that can be used to embellish fabric!
Born in England, I have lived on Norfolk Island for 40 years. My husband is a descendant of Bounty mutineers, and we have five adult children. We are very proud of our heritage, and love belonging to this very beautiful and historical island.
Our home "Devon" is a rambling 1920's home on seven acres which includes lovely a natural woodland. Two sons also live and work on the property. We are very much involved in community affairs. We grow for the fledgeling Norfolk Island Coffee Industry, and run Poll Hereford cattle on our property "Simon's Water."
We own a tourist accommodation, but are retired from active management. Much of our spare time is spent helping out our family and sharing good times with them. Three sons live on Norfolk Island, one son lives in Sydney, and our eldest, a daughter, lives in New Zealand with her own two girls. I love being able to share and interact with the rest of the world via the net!