Happy Yuletide – Midwinter Fun!

Yulefest 2016

Yulefest 2016

What a wonderful and social Winter it has been! On Sunday fortnight we celebrated Yulefest. In the cold and frosty morning, Will and I (with Tin Tin) went up to Spook’s Hill and cut down a couple of fir boughs. I showed Will the toadstools that had popped up in through the carpet of fir pins, he was so enchanted by them. Once we were home we hung the fir boughs from the rafters with red ribbon and I iced the Yule Log Cake that Will and I had made the day before (chocolate cake, raspberry jam and cream cheese roll). Dave made the mustard and maple syrup glaze for the ham and put the ham on to bake while William helped put the tree up.

Guests arrived at 11:00, the usual crowd. Ania brought her gorgeous fondant mushrooms and toadstools, holly and Yule Imp as well as cupcakes topped with a snowflake. The kids had a wonderful time and enjoyed watching ‘The Rise of the Guardians’ together, while the adults chatted and ate the festive spread.

On Tuesday night huge winds barrelled through Bungendore valley after weeks of rain. I got a phone call at 0030 from the neighbour asking for help with the trampoline, which had blown over and was threatening to take off down the paddock. It was freezing cold and still blowing a gale while we wrestled to get the trampoline upright, back in its normal spot and strapped down. The temperatures were icy and we joked about getting snow. True to our words we woke up Wednesday morning to see everything dusted with snow and snow falling from grey skies. It was magical to see William so excited. He giggled all the way to daycare about throwing a snowball at me and talked excitedly about Jack Frost.  

Let it Snow!

Let it Snow!

We held another wonderful celebration with friends on Saturday night just gone. William and I went on an adventure in the morning to gather ivy from the creek banks near the train underpass. Dave went out to buy a computer screen so the kids would be able to watch a movie in Will’s room, while I made ivy wreaths and William and I decorated oranges with clove buds. The house looked wonderfully festive when we were done. The first of our friends arrived at 17:00 with smoked pulled pork and apple cider gravy, mulled wine and a selection of home distilled moonshine. Dave was busy with cooking the rosemary and garlic roast chicken, roast potatoes and root vegetables.  

The rest of the guests arrived with food and cheer at 18:00. Some brought snacks for the kids and chairs for the table, some brought a delicious selection of cheeses, pate and jelly, neighbours arrived with lemon drops and fig and ginger pudding with homemade custard. Other neighbours arrived a bit later with more nibbles. Drinking and eating started straight away, I cooked the garlic butter beans and Dave made the gravy for dinner at 19:30. There was lots of laughter, lots of fun, great company and delicious food, what a fantastic night! I love Yuletide and the memories we’ve created!! 

Yuletide 2016

Yuletide 2016


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