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Surreal Thursday: Christmas Memories

December Frost 2015

As the New Year approaches, Christmas retreats into a surreal memory. Well, this Christmas in particular featured a few surreal moments. Winter could not quite make its way here. There were dribs and drabs that melted, and as Christmas neared, we had December frost.

Cristmas Lights Display 2015

The yard reminded me more of some of my childhood Christmases growing up in Southern Ontario, but even those were not quite that green.

Old Tyme Christmas 2015

In spite of the delayed winter weather, Christmas did arrive,…. and our goose was cooked. Quite an experience preparing and then hacking, um carving it up. The stuffing, that included apricots and raisins that had been soaked in Loganberry wine, prunes, apples, currents and even some bread, went well with the bird. One well braised bird – the wine was very effective.

Roast Goose1


Roast Goose 2


Roast Goose 3


We had a good friend, who had provided the goose, join us. Our endeavours at carving were very amusing, and our other guests at the table, Don Quixote and Dulcinea, seemed to enjoy the quest for goose meat.


Don Quixote - Puppet in chair MT


Dulcinea Puppet MTt


Well now just a memory, time to get ready for a New Year’s Eve promenade.


Puppet Couple1


Happy New Year to all.



24 responses

  1. splendid new years wishes 2 U an urz frum da’ Q πŸ™‚

    January 1, 2016 at 12:01 am

    • elmediat

      Many thanks and all the best to you & those close to you.

      January 1, 2016 at 1:23 am

    • elmediat

      Many thanks. All the best. πŸ™‚

      January 2, 2016 at 7:49 pm

  2. Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

    January 1, 2016 at 1:51 am

    • elmediat

      Many thanks Nandini. good to hear from you. You have not been posting much on your blog in sometime. I assume 2015 proved to be a busy year. πŸ™‚
      Being retired affords me the opportunity to avoid household chores, I mean stay creatively involved with blogging. πŸ˜€

      January 2, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      • Yes I have been away, but I have returned now. Let’s see how this year goes. I have blogged twice in first two days of 2016. Might not be this frequent once the work starts, but I will try. It’s nice to know that old fellow bloggers still remember me.

        Thanks. And It’s really great that you’ve plenty of time for blogging now. Cheers and happy blogging in 2016!

        January 2, 2016 at 11:16 pm

  3. leecleland

    Happy New Year Joseph and may 2016 hold great creative things in store for you

    January 1, 2016 at 3:01 am

    • elmediat

      Thanks so much Lee.
      BTW Your photo of the python in the backyard gave me a very dramatic dream the other night. I would have preferred you eucalyptus forest ( might help with my breathing issues) and perhaps a gentle koala bear. πŸ˜€

      January 2, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      • leecleland

        I’m sorry for that Joseph but it was only a python (still don’t like them). Two days ago I had a black snake looking through the glass doors (shut thank goodness), those I really don’t like. One of our nastier snakes. Oh well the joys of living in the Australian bush in summer.:) A gentle reminder they are Koala’s not bears πŸ™‚

        January 3, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      • elmediat

        “but it was only a python ” πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

        Note to Self: koala not bear . πŸ™‚

        January 3, 2016 at 4:54 pm

  4. Same to you, Joseph. Loved the hacking

    January 1, 2016 at 3:28 am

    • elmediat

      πŸ™‚ looking forward to 2016 and more of your posts of times present and past.

      Elizabeth was not fond of that goose. Once she removed the stuffing, I had to split the bird so she could dislodge the meat. πŸ˜€ We gave most to our friend after the meal,since he purchased it and reminded him of his childhood Christmas.
      I turned what we kept into a very pleasant soup.

      January 2, 2016 at 8:04 pm

  5. Happy New Year. Thank you, love, nia

    January 1, 2016 at 8:25 am

    • elmediat

      Nia you are like a warm online hug . You remind me of those welcoming mothers, aunts and grandmothers with tables of homemade food and glad smile for all. All the best.

      January 2, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      • I am humbled now. How nice of you dear Joseph, Thank you, angels, muses, and the sun be with you always, Love, nia

        January 3, 2016 at 4:14 am

  6. Happy New Year πŸ™‚

    January 1, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    • elmediat

      Thanks for your support and well wishes. Your blog provides such wonder insight into Africa and its people & cultures. πŸ™‚

      January 2, 2016 at 8:09 pm

  7. Christmas retreats into a surreal memory. πŸ™‚

    January 1, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    • elmediat

      Christmas seems to be one of those times of year that are made up of the real, the unreal, the remembered and the imagined. We experience it and look back at it through a surreal compound lens. πŸ™‚

      Looking forward to more of your noir visions of that land-down-under in 2016.

      January 2, 2016 at 8:12 pm

  8. Love that first pic- and the carvings are awesome! The goose looks delish and reminds me of the time my Dad went out into our back yard and took our pet goose, Lucy, slammed her up against the tree, then roasted her for Christmas. Lucy Goosey…haha. Ahhh memories!

    January 2, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    • elmediat

      Well that is one way to put the Christmas tree to use. πŸ˜€

      The figures are are some of the puppets that Liz has prepared for her special needs community theatre group. She hoping to get a grant that will allow them to have both performance and storage space. Till then, you never know who will be sitting in one of the chairs. There have been a few nights when you find one of the cats sleeping on the lap of a fictional character in the kitchen or family room. πŸ˜€

      January 2, 2016 at 8:18 pm

  9. I really like those puppets.

    January 4, 2016 at 4:36 am

    • elmediat

      Elizabeth keeps creating grander productions for the group and now that she had to divide them into two groups the house is filled with fictional characters. Will be posting more . πŸ˜€

      January 4, 2016 at 12:08 pm

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