P1030606There’s a Christmas carol that starts out “The weather outside is frightful…”  In the northern hemisphere that would mean cold and snow, but in “the red centre” of Australia, that means a forecast of 106 degrees tomorrow.  Well, whatever the temperature, I’m planning on playing golf.

 

Last weekend wasn’t nearly that hot, with big thunderstorms cooling everything down.  In Alice Springs, it’s a big deal to see water flowing in the Todd River since the riverbed is dry about 363 days a year, but last weekend we saw the Todd looking like a genuine river.  Truly an impressive sight…

 

The Todd River

The Todd River

And since the weather here doesn’t really fit the theme of “Dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh…”, our office Christmas party went with the theme of Hawaii, with leis and colorful drinks that have little umbrellas in them.  Jack Frost and snowball fights just won’t quite work here…

 

Christmas Hawaiian Style

Christmas Hawaiian Style

For Christmas this year, we will be joining our daughter Jessica in New Zealand.  We are renting a car and spending about 10 days touring the north island fromAuckland to Wellington, knocking on Bilbo Baggins door in the Shire, having a pint at the Green Dragon Inn, viewing Mt. Doom up close and personal…

 

On another topic, we’ve decided to try a different church.  The church we were at was a good church, but we wanted to go deeper in our relationships and didn’t see the right way forward where we were.  So, we are giving the Baptist church a try.  They recently got a new pastor, an American who is a retired Air Force Chaplain.  We’ve enjoyed making some new friends there, and will keep you updated on how that goes…

 

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