It is hot and the days are long. I'm on leave. Pressies bought, wrapped and under a tree, my first ever pink frangipani has flowered, but it still doesn't look or feel like Christmas at all.
I have about 10 days off work and, as per usual, about 20 days worth of work to fit into it! I started off on saturday by turning over one of the veggie beds. Had just about finished when I was bitten by those nasty flies that are the bane of my life! I'll allergic to them and even though I immediately washed both bites and hit the drug cabinet they blew up all sore and itchy and lumpy. Jeeze I just can't seem to win!!! Still I did get the bed ready for some planting and I could have avoid the bites by using the bug spray. Too late now for those recriminations!!! Three days later there is still lumps and the itchiness continues. The drugs really don't do much! I've done all the grocery shopping and even bought every item on my "bits and pieces" list. All the wrapping is done and the pressies are all under the tree at mums. I couldn't be bother putting one up here. I have 3 in the office, surely that is enough! As the afternoons cool I hope to get some more mowing done. I'd much rather be sitting in the big chair with my nose stuck in a book. An icy cold glass of water by my side.
I have a few books set aside to read over this break. Mundles' "Cook", Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton and for something novel, a novel! I don't usually read fiction, but I am testing the waters with William McInnes. I don't really have much else planned. I won't stray far from home. I hope to take a few photos along the way. There should be some time for Gallery visits, maybe some fishing and sitting by the lake. Maybe even a trip to the beach! For christmas I need to make some rocky road, some fudge and maybe a flour less chocolate cake. Otherwise Christmas is all organised. Menus planned, ingredients either growing or purchased. Nothing left to get.
What to do on New Years Eve is another concern. Last year I went to town and watched the fireworks. Then I taxied a whole heap of "P" platers home. They can't drive together in one car until they get a black licence. That's on option for this year too they will all still be on their "P's". Sadly Newcastle has canned the midnight fireworks this year. An economy drive I suspect. The 9.30pm ones are always better. Normally longer, more bangy and flashy than the midnight ones. I guess town might be desolate after 10pm!!!
As for the rest of my time off. Rest is an option. As is cleaning, gardening and taking a few photos. Here's one I made earlier!