We opened the dog's presents for them ...doggie chews as usual; they can't wait to get to England and sample Porky Scratchings! We didn't bother with a present for each other, we figured buying a narrowboat will be our belated Christmas present.
It's a lovely Christmas day weather wise, its a warm 27 degrees c, with a nice sea breeze. (The weather of late has been quite cool and very rainy - so it feels even hotter as it is humid too - it's good the weather has decided to do 'it's thing' in time for Christmas day though) !
We were up at a reasonable hour and had fresh prawns on the deck for breakfast, as you do.
We then took the boys for a walk along the prom at Manly and checked out the surfing santas...
A young man offered take out pics - thinking we were from 'out of town' - we told him we were also from Manly - just taking pics for the folks back home (we were really trying to just take pics of the surfy santa dudes behind us !!!)
At lunchtime we went around to a friends house for a few drinks...
The dogs had their picture taken with their dog, Jackson - who of course was dressed up as a reindeer!
Later this afternoon we are off to the full-on Christmas do at a friend's house - these are the poms we first met when we come to Australia in 1980, some I knew from the UK. Every year we have the pommie orphans Christmas; they all have kids and those kids are in their early 20s and have boyfriends/girlfriends, so there should be about 26 people!
from Paul, Elaine, Bombo, Sam, Geoffrey, William and Jaffa xxxx