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Hunter Valley & Newcastle Bloggers’ Xmas Dinner

newcastle bloggers dinner

Well, we did it. The Newcastle Bloggers managed a (small) Xmas get-together last weekend at the Lass O’Gowrie in Wickham. mega thanks to Marissa from Beautifully Organised for organising the event and decorating the table!

the lass burger

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Who went?
Marissa from Beautifully Organised
Reena of The Mummy Project
Andrea from The Pineapple Cake and Jess (Peachy Keen Mumma) who both miss their North American Christmases, are embracing new Aussie traditions, and made us jealous talking about their Canadian and US Thanksgiving feasts!
Kel from Who Knew I Was A Housewife? (newbie blogger! check her out!!!)
Annette who explores all things French at A French Connection
and me!

disappointing fish and chips

pizza

Sign up the the Newcastle and Hunter Bloggers Facebook Group and join us at the next event!

nachos!

Bargain Xmas Lights from Crazy Sales (Win Chrissy Lights!)

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Stealthy Xmas Ninja

Christmas is coming, can’t you feel it?! The days are hot, the summer storms have started, I’ve bought cards and stamps and have started Chrissy shopping! School is making Christmas craft, learning carols for the end of year concert. The shops are getting busy with people browsing for the perfect gift or gifts. People are bitching about the “true” meaning of Xmas, spreading rumours about a war on it, negotiations between family factions have started to solve the annual dilemma of which meal where and with whom, and I had my first slice of Christmas fruit cake (you know the Lion’s ones with the icing that you get from the old lady at the card table at the local shops) at morning tea yesterday.

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It’s time to get baking – gingerbread men, houses and all things ginger. Puddings should have been made by now, hanging around the house up until their Christmas lunch boiling up. I need to decide on an advent calendar for myself – I’ve been eyeing off the ones with booze in them. Mum’s bought a train with a Santa for around the base of her tree! I’ve wanted one all my life, and now we have one!

xmas tree

Oh and the kids (and me) are starting to beg to put up the tree! I’ll have to pull out my boxes of decorations soon to see what’s intact from last year, what needs replacing, and what I don’t really like. Then track down some bargains in purples and pinks to add to my collection! Untangling the lights is always on the list of things that shouldn’t be attempted on a forty degree day, and should be reserved for an air-conditioned room with a cold one in a novelty stubbie holder nearby.

The calendar is filling up, with dinners and drinks, and BBQs and pub crawls taking up the key dates for the next five weeks. The thoughts of “do I have enough outfits for this summer” is met with a no, and I’m ready to hit the shops next payday for a couple new frocks that suit the heatwave conditions we’re bound to have through til Valentine’s day.

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015 Eiffel Tower

While we can’t all have such spectacular lights displays as the ones at Hunter Valley Gardens in our front yards, but I love going around the streets in the leadup til Christmas looking at all the pretty lights! There can be a real festival atmosphere, with charity fundraisers and ice-cream vans on the busier streets!

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Climbing Santa Lights
Cute! Santas’ climbing up your wall!

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Xmas Cocktail Party
Xmas is exhausting!

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Light Spectacular

I received a complimentary double pass for the preview on November 6th

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015

The Christmas Lights Spectacular is back again for its ninth Chrissy season! Hosted by the Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin (Wine Country!), it runs from 8th Novmeber through to January 26th (excluding Xmas day itself) with gates opening at 6:30pm, and lights on from 7:30 til 10pm each night.

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015

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Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015

There are food stalls with pizza, pasta, gelato, churros and more, and Hunter wine available for the grown ups. $7 a glass for this Tallawanta Shiraz.

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015

Santa is available for photo packages, and I think I saw Olaf wandering around for selfies!

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015

There synchronised 12 days of Christmas was impressive! No-one could help singing along!

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015

Live entertainment will help you make a family night of it.

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015

Christmas Lights Spectacular ticket prices:
Adult $27
Children (4-15 yrs) $22
Children 3 yrs & under FREE
Family (2 Adults + 2 Child) $85
Day + Night passes available

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015

Hunter Valley Gardens
Address: 2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Phone:(02) 4998 4000

For more details on Christmas Lights Spectacular, tickets and the full program please visit: www.hvg.com.au

Bring on Xmas!

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights 2015

Who wants a Christmas card this year?

So, I’m up for a mega, unregulataed Xmascard swap this year.

I have a form below for you to give me your address.

I promise to get a card to you at some time in the future. No guarantees on when, because if I million people say yes, then I’ll be here awhile, especially since I’m in Australia.

You’ll get MY postal address if you fill out the form. Please do with it what you will, but please don’t be nasty, because then you’ll have the whole internet hate on you for the rest of eternity.