Thursday, January 10, 2013

Christmas!


















unfortunately i have to start this post by saying that i had my hedgehog mr. pricklepants put down on boxing day. he was the sweetest little thing and it broke my heart to say goodbye to him but he was so sick i know it was the right thing to do. my dad and i buried him in the backyard at our beach house at north avoca where we spent christmas this year.

although i never was before, these past few years i've found i've become one of those people that dreads the holidays and can't wait for christmas to be over. i like the decorations and the christmas cheer and the traditions, but aside from that it's all but lost its shine. not to mention the fact that it rained all christmas & boxing day, which didn't leave much time to go to the beach. having said that, i've written a list of all the nice things i can remember about christmas because these are the things i'd rather focus on in the new year.

going away to my family's beach house that i hardly ever go to, going for a walk on the beach with my brother's girlfriend taryn and playing fetch with a dog called vanilla the whole way up and back, and that vanilla was so excited she spun around in circles every time we picked up the stick, peanut butter lindt balls, my grandpa telling stories about when he was young, cherries, actually going for a swim on the one sunny day i was there, getting glittery red pedicures with taryn, darrell lea christmas nougat puddings, playing pool with my dad and my grandpa, my mum's cinnamon & nutmeg candle, eating breakfast outside on the deck with a cool breeze, making zucchini fritters with my mum, cringing at the christmas carols on tv but watching them anyway, toblerone tiramusi and the fact that it took four people to make it, watching breakfast at tiffany's with my dad, peppermint bark & almond roca, taryn's advent calendar where you move the little felt star from day to day, the wonderful lunch we had for my dad's birthday on christmas eve, and the view from the restaurant, pannacotta ice cream cake, my grandpa's goodnight kiss on christmas night, the doggy who came to visit on christmas day trying to stay out of the rain, crackers and cheese and quince paste and rosella jam, saying "it's a christmas miracle" about everything, making tofu rice paper rolls with my mum, my dad and i listening to leonard cohen, just the two of us on christmas night after everyone else had gone to bed, virgin mojitos, soft gingerbread cookies shaped like stars and angels and christmas trees, glittery clarins bon bons with miniature products inside and scalloped edges, my dad playing van morrison's 13 minute version of "i'll take care of you" and me recognising it and playing him my gil scott-heron version and napping on the couch and watching love actually on christmas afternoon.











































29 comments:

  1. cool pictures. I love the nostalgic effects

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  2. I'm sorry about Mr Pricklepants :( Sounds like you had a nice Christmas despite the weather. I haven't been as into Christmas in the past few years either - I look forward to it, but it always ends up falling a bit flat for me.

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  3. so sorry to hear about your little hedgehog *hugs*
    your pictures are a utter dream, i like that even though you dislike christmas you have collected so many beautiful moments (and if you want to throw at us a recipe for that toblerone tiramisu, i wouldn't vote against it! :D *stomach rumbles*) xx

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  4. Awesome photos! So sorry about your loss. I hope you feel better with time.

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  5. Sorry to hear about your hedgehog :( It seems like you had an amazing Christmas! Is that Avoca Beach by any chance?

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    1. it is indeed! my parent's beach house is just at north avoca, only about 5 mins from terrigal :)

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  6. So much sweet goodness! Happy new year to you x

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  7. Hi, Love! Lovely photos as usual and your family and the pups are the sweetest :)

    Happy New Year :)

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  8. I'm so sorry about your hedgehog that's very sad. I guess it's not the happiest of new years but I nevertheless hope this year is a good one! Your photos are lovely by the way

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  9. I'm so sorry about your hedgehog :( I was comment about all this photos but that is so sad... I hope you was fine... have a great 2013.

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  11. Oh I'm sorry about mr. pricklepants :( I wish you a great 2013 dear.
    Your pics are always great, It's strange to see that you spend part of your christmas holidays to the beach! I need hot weather now. It's too cold here!

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  12. Ahh, where has your blog been all my life? Those shots are amazing - film cameras do it best (but you already know that)! Definitely followed!

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  13. Glad to see your first post of 2013! These photographs are incredible as usual (I especially love the last photograph...those glass vases and those flowers!!) - it seems like you had fun at the beach house! You make me miss summer already.

    I am so sorry about Mr. Pricklepants. May he rest in peace.

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  14. Aww I'm sorry to hear about Mr Pricklepants :( I love how you structured this post though- reading your detailed description first was like reading a memoir about one's heady youthful days gone by and then seeing the photos afterwards just tied everything together. Made me feel strangely nostalgic!

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    1. thanks so much, this was such a lovely comment! :) xo

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  15. Lovely photos and Happy Holidays to you. But I'm sorry about your hedgehog! ;(

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  16. Such amazing photos! Very vintagey :)

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  17. What do you use to take these pictures? I love them!

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  18. Gosh I love your photos - that first one is just lovely. Sometimes you really can't beat film.

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  19. oh this post is perfect. <3 i love every single thing about it! the photos especially, there is so much love and fun and sweet memories; a glimpse into you life. :) i hope you could one day discover the thrill of the Christmas season again! xxxx

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  20. aww jess, i'm so sorry about mr. pricklepants, he was the cutest <3
    your christmas looked lovely and the food sounds amazing (and looks amazing too, your photos are beautiful as always). i enjoyed reading your list, that's a good idea.
    gosh i miss your writing!! i keep forgetting you have a blog, i'm such a silly.
    xxx

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  21. I love love your photos here, and on instagram. so retro vintage feeling! I just enyoj! and your blog layout is so great .

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  22. the picture of your granddad makes me miss mine! I am so sorry about your sweet hedgehog :( hope you enjoyed the rest of the holidays - there is an avoca in Ireland too!
    xox

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  23. I am so, so sorry to hear about your sweetheart pricklepants. :(

    Love this set of photos, you seem capture nature so well and earnestly. That white puppy is the cutest!

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  24. oh Jess so sorry about your little mr pricklepants, so sad losing a pet.

    Hope it was still a lovely christmas for you...that toblerone tiramisu sounds yum, recipe?

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  25. So sorry to hear about your sweetie. Hope you are better now :)

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