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December 2016

A very technical Christmas

20161224_200642With New Year flights to book and the obligatory calls to make to family over Christmas, Camilla went and did the unthinkable. She dropped her phone in the toilet. While we listened to Frank Sinatra singing about the snow as we sipped our G&T’s in the afternoon heat, Camilla had to reboot an old phone with her Danish SIM. Things didn’t go well. Continue reading “A very technical Christmas”

Das Bunker

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Das Bunker

Ever wondered what happened to the architects of Germany’s Atlantic Wall? They found employment as instructors at the School of Teutonic Design (STD).  Armed with a straight rule, pencil and a love of concrete the graduates of this esteemed organisation have gone on to blight landscapes all over the world. Continue reading “Das Bunker”

Chocolate Balls!

Hosting a dinner party is a bit like the duck analogy. Above water it appears to glide serenely by while below its little legs are working hard to keep up the momentum. Of course, you want your guests to feel that your little soirée has been no effort at all. For the most part this year’s Christmas party wasn’t, especially as we had the luxury of a huge house and no need to move furniture around to fit in the dining table. But I must say, desert was a near run thing. Continue reading “Chocolate Balls!”

Trains, Planes and Automobiles.

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It must be time for a full Christmas roast.

Getting our guests to this year’s Christmas party was like a Top Gear challenge; the real Top Gear, when it had Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, Captain Slow and was worth watching. Our six guests were coming from Canberra and Sydney which just goes to show how entrenched in our social calendar this dinner party has become. They had all chosen a different form of transport and with a heat wave sweeping across the state we were keen to see who would arrive fresh and ready to party. Continue reading “Trains, Planes and Automobiles.”

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