Decemberness

Oh December. Wow. Here you are. One week into advent at our house means the chocolate advent calendars have been well and truly raided, everything with (jingle) bells and whistles is jingling, belling and whistling, lists are made and being checked twice, cards are being written and posted, presents bought, wrapped, and stashed, lights are flashing and bunting is um.. bunting-ing, catch ups and drinks and parties and celebrations are in full swing, hams and turkeys are ordered, Christmas cakes are baked, the calendar is a scribbled mess and we, Gold Dust friends... are neck deep in Decemberness.

This weekend we had a big festive-fest with fantastic old friends. Seven adults and seven kids in a beach house down on the Victorian coast for an end-of-year pre-Christmas knees-up-food-fest-sleep-over. Brilliant fun. 

At the very end of the weekend, once the recycles were wheelie-binned, dishes done and friends hugged goodbye, I slunk away for a beach moment in silent solitude.

Aaaaand exhaaaale.

Aaaaand exhaaaale.

The first weekend of summer turned out to be a total fizzer weather-wise here in southern Victoria. Storms, rain, sideways wind and low temperatures meant I had the main Ocean Grove beach pretty much to myself... well, me and a few thousand blue bottle jellyfish...

Oh hello little buddy...

Oh hello little buddy...

As much as I loved my minutes of quiet Decemberless headspace the Christmas crazy crept back in and before long I was seeing wreaths...

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and baubles of all shapes and sizes...

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strings of golden beads...

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pink tinsel and shiny things...

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And something the tree-top Angel might've lost in all this wind...

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I adore Christmas and the fun and happiness (and craziness) it brings - but boy I just loved my quiet time on the beach this weekend. It topped up my tanks and replenished my stores.
I'm soooo ready for the next two-and-a-half weeks! Come at me December!

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I hope you find some quiet and space and peace in the Decemberness.
Peace and love to you Gold Dust lovelies.

x x - Kathy.