Do you dream of a white Christmas?
I don’t. I spent the first twenty years of my life wading through slush with a nose that rivalled Rudolph’s, dreaming of Christmas on the beach. Those dreams didn’t come true until I finally arrived in Australia on 23rd December, at the ripe old age of 24, with 40 cents in my pocket and a handful of addresses. Luckily I struck gold and on December 25th I found myself on Chinaman’s Beach with an esky full of prawns, mangoes and champagne and a group of people I'm still lucky enough to count as friends … it was my idea of heaven and suffice to say, I’ve never lived in England again.
I often wonder how the early English settlers felt at Christmas time. No prawns, mangoes and champagne I was certain … until for I stumbled across this menu from Government House around 1850.
Are you a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas lunch or are you a pigeon-in-aspic kind of person?
On the subject of pigeons, and other Australian animals … yes, the crested pigeon is native to Australia … I thought I’d share my Christmas present with you— a new release called The Naturalist’s Daughter.
It tells the story of two women, a century apart, drawn into a mystery surrounding the biggest scientific controversy of the nineteenth century, the classification of the platypus.
The Naturalist’s Daughter releases in just two days, December 18th, in print and e-book and, here’s where the sharing comes in, anyone who leaves a comment below, and lives in Australia, will go into the draw for a print copy – hot off the press! If you don’t live in Australia I’m afraid it will have to be an e-book. I simply couldn’t get Rudolph to agree to transporting anything to do with a platypus, in fact he was quite offensive.
Have a great Christmas wherever you might be, and however you may choose to celebrate the holiday, and don’t forget to enter the raffle copter (below) there's $150 up for grabs and leave a comment! If you missed any of the early blogs you can find them here - just scroll down and click on any of the names on the list at the end!
PS While you're here I'd love you to join my readers group, there are a heap of competitions and prizes coming up in the new year!
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CONGRATULATIONS to Dina and Rhonda and to Ro Richards who has won a copy of The Horse Thief!
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