Imagine this view from the gardens of Portsea Hotel, overlooking Port Phillip Bay.
The day is warm and sunny.
It is Sunday - Christmas Day 2011.
The storms of Christmas Eve have passed and the day shines!
(No more storms are predicted till late afternoon!)
NOTE: All photos were taken before the crowds inundated!
Imagine this is one of several verandah areas waiting for people to drift in for a Christmas lunch.
To the left are screens which will be opened for sea breezes.
The verandahs are desirable areas to be.
There will be 600 people attending - including the upstairs dining area.
All age groups attend.
Large/small family groups, large/small friendship groups and couples are represented.
The food is buffet style, but looks more like a grand banquet.
This is my favourite display in the fish section with two huge ice sculptures of dolphins.
And down the steps outside are a host of tables with umbrellas.
People like to sit here and chat after lunch.
And the children love to play!
Christmas is all about...
A little magic essence for
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