I do love Christmas and now that I've put up my tree I feel I'm finally getting into the mood. Every year I tell the story of my vintage Christmas Tree - how my grandmother Mitzi brought it to Australia in 1931 when she, my grandfather Rudolf, and my mother Lina left Vienna to make a new life on the other side of the world. I'm pretty sure Nana didn't really want to leave her sister and friends behind in Vienna but Grandpa was offered an excellent job opportunity, and it was too good to pass up. I think bringing the tree and decorations was one of her links to her past, and I know she treasured it as much as I do now.
Today I took the children to their swimming lessons and lunch at our local club and was so pleased to see that the Magnolia Grandiflora avenues are flowering. Here's a sample. What a flower!
Check this out and believe me, you'll have an incredible time. Just a couple of photos...
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