Archive | December 2012

My 2012 in Photographs

This blog is one of my favourites. I make sure I visit it every day to see what new, inspiring, photos Leanne has posted and the stories behind them.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Word of the Week Photo Challenge: Glitter


There is something truly magical about the sun glittering on an ocean. This was taken on the Gold Coast in Australia earlier this year.

Details of this weeks challenge can be found here

Word of the week photo challenge: Wood


I took this photo when I was on Norfolk Island, a tiny island in the southwest Pacific Ocean and north of New Zealand. Despite being 1400 kilometres from Australia, it is in fact a part of New South Wales but has it’s own government. It is closer to New Caledonia than Australia. It began settled life as a penal colony in the 1800’s. It is now a beautiful, peaceful island with absolutely stunning scenery.

I found this wooden boat beside a building in the main town of the island, Kingston.

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Roasted Capsicum Dip


Boxing Day in Australia is all about catching up with family and friends you weren’t able to see on Christmas Day. It’s also a huge day for sports: Cricket, Soccer and the Boxing Day Sales.

My parents and I will be spending the afternoon with my cousin and her family. I never like to arrive empty-handed so I have made this dip. It’s my favourite dip and the one I’m well-known for. In fact, when I take another dip people are often disappointed I haven’t brought this one. It’s so delicious.


125g cream cheese, softened

3 large red capsicums

1/2 cup basil leaves, roughly chopped

2 garlic cloves


1. Cut the capsicums in half and put them face down on a tray lined with baking paper. Roast the capsicums on around 200 degrees celsius (400 deg fahrenheit) for 20-30 minutes or until the skins is blackened. Put aside to cool then peel the skins off. Roughly chop and put in a food processor.


2. Add the cream cheese, basil and garlic to the food processor and process until all ingredients are blended.


3. Pour into a bowl, pop some extra basil leaves on top for decoration and put in the fridge for at least 4 hours (overnight is best) to set.

Merry Christmas to everyone



Well Christmas will be coming to an end very soon in Australia. It’s been a great day. Christmas for me this year was very stress-free. I was able to find the presents I wanted easily and as my parents and I were going to a hotel for lunch, I didn’t have the stress of cooking that many of you have.

The first thing my Mum and I do each Christmas morning is go to the cemetery to put flowers on the graves of our relatives who have died. This is something that both Mum and I have been brought up doing so we know our way around the cemetery but Christmas Day is one of the days of the year that we see people driving around, looking very lost. I saw one lady in particular driving around looking for a gravesite for about 10 minutes.

After that we went to our homes to get ready for lunch. We met at Mum and Dád’s house before driving to the Berwick Inn for a buffet lunch. I wasn’t able to take a photo of the buffet because it was very spread out.

First course for us was seafood (salmon, oysters and king prawns) but we could also have chosen soup.


I was disappointed to find there was no chicken. I hardly eat meat but there were a lot of vegies and some salads.


I hadn’t seen the dessert tables when we walked in but there were lots of yummy things on offer. Of course there was plum pudding. They came in the form of mini puddings which were a great size. They stopped me from eating too much pudding. I also had some profiteroles and a chocolate mousse tart. By that time I was so full. It was a lovely lunch and it was nice to have a meal with my parents.


After that we went to see my brother and his family. We spent a relaxing afternoon with them. It was so nice to have a stress-free Christmas. I feel sorry for everyone who has so much to do and don’t enjoy it.

A-League: Melbourne Heart v Melbourne Victory


As far as Victorian’s are concerned this is the real derby despite there being a new derby in Sydney with the Western Sydney Warriors joining the competition this year. Archie Thompson later described “It was one of the best atmospheres in my whole time here.” It was his goal, off the crossbar, that sealed the win for the Victory fans. There were over 26,000 people at the ground (considered a sell-out due to the size of the ground) and it felt like most of them were Victory fans despite this being a Heart home game.

The first half was scoreless but a tough contest. After half time things really took off with around a dozen yellow cards and three goals with Victory winning 2-1 thanks to Thompson’s goal in the 92nd minute. All night it felt like Heart were going to take more advantage of their chances but luck was on our side and they missed nearly all of them. After he scored the goal he took off his shirt off and ran over to some Heart supporters who were giving him a hard time. For that he received a yellow card but who cares? The sight of Archie Thompson running around shirtless is enough to please any Victory fan. The fans nearly fooled him in to thinking the goal was disallowed. He put it back on but as soon as the ref blew the final whistle he took it off again and this time did a run up the wing to the cheers of Victory supporters. I’m sure all supporters were on a total high like I was.


At half time a very skinny Santa took time out to show off his soccer skills before riding away on his sleigh to put the final touches to the Christmas presents.


The celebrations for his goal occurred right in front of us, allowing me to take this photo. I’d have to say it was my favourite of the night.