Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Australian Christmas 2011

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
The soul

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Anonymous said...

What a great sunny Christmas!

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely place to have a Christmas party. I really love the dolphin sculptures. And the little girls are adorable. Lovely series of photos from your Christmas day. Thanks for sharing your world. I wish you all the best in 2012. Happy New Years!

Gary said...

Great area!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sylvia K said...

What a lovely, delightful, sunny and warm Christmas! How fun! Beautiful captures, Gemma, as always and the very next best thing to being there! Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Enjoy!


J Bar said...

Great shots.

Anonymous said...

Life as it can, as it should be.
Awesome last picture.

daily athens photo

NixBlog said...

Lovely series of photos, Gemma, and quite representative of our Christmas.

Arija said...

A lovely setting for the hotel and so people friendly. Delightful dressed up children and any combination of people. Wonderful to have a festive meal with that superb view.

Have a very happy week dear Gemma.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - from the look of your pictures and the fact that we did not get rain on the other side of the bay from you I think we were both luck!

Have a good and blogful 2012!

Stewart M

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Perfect spot to celebrate Christmas Gemma, beautifully shown.

darla said...

these are lovely! i love water, ocean, harbor, shots. i also live near the ocean (california!) i hope you can check out some of my older shots! thanks for dropping by and commenting. i really appreciate it! i love your shots. they are really great!

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