Its has been very busy here lately – and by busy, I think I defined it the other day – it means activity outside of our house. 

A few weeks ago was the premiere of the movie, Australia.  Nomi joined some friends in dressing up in a competition and won four tickets (no photo of that at the moment).  Pete was given one of those tickets so off he went to the Premiere Showing here in town.  We have an open air theatre here in town, so the atmosphere was set with horses racing past, whips cracking, dust flying!  Then as they sat watching the movie a thundercloud gathered overhead.  Just what you need!  But the storm was averted and everyone enjoyed the night.

photo: ABC TV
Here’s Pete doing the social thing before the showing
man on the right is  the Fedral Opposition Leader, Malcolm Turnbull
and man on the left is David Newry, who was the language consultant on the movie.

I wasn’t free to go that night as I had a Ladies Friendship night happening where I was teaching the ladies how to make Christmas Bonbons (Crackers).  But a few local businesses sponsored another 3 free showings of the movie, so a girlfriend and I had a girls night out at the movies.  I am going to tell you a little secret – it was the first time for me at the movies here in town, that is in 16 years!!! 

My take on the movie – I walked away feeling like I had watched a feel-good movie.  It wasn’t deep, it wasn’t powerful, as Pete puts it – it was just a good yarn.  I enjoyed seeing it with a crowd.  It was nice to share the jokes, the Australian attitudes with other people, to be involved with a whole theatre having a laugh!  We were both concerned about the aboriginal spirituality and how it was elevated to be a good thing.  Chrisitians have to be very aware that the spirit world that led these people was not the Holy Spirit.   It had a political story to tell, which in my opinion, is only half the story.  A lot of the movie was filmed around here so the scenery is special to the locals and we picked up things that no-one else will.  I wonder if that is how people usually feel after a movie is made in their home town!  But I thoroughly enjoyed my night out.

Mango Season this year was a little weird; the mangoes came on real slow, not a lot of them, some trees did well, some trees produced nothing.  Here is our biggest mango for the year.

It is Christmas time.  We usually have a tree decking / thanksgiving party with our friends.  But this year December kind of crept up on us and we decided we would just do the tree as a family this year. 

This tree used to look so big, with our little kids standing under it! 
Now it looks like a little tree!
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