Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 WEEK 51: A Sunshine Coast Christmas

The trip up to Powell River on the Sunshine Coast can be a little exhausting. There's a ferry connection to make from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale followed by a 2hr. drive along the extremely twisty road that runs up the peninsula followed by a second ferry from Earl's Cove to Saltery Bay.

Thankfully one of the ferrys was serving a new brand of Christmas Punch to keep passengers entertained...

The unfortunate recipient of said punch is Joel, a man I envy mostly because he's able to fall asleep practically anywhere. But he's a pretty good writer, doesn't smell bad and knows more about music than anyone else I know. If you love discovering cool albums and songs, if you love to laugh and if you're not at all politically correct then I highly recommend you check out Joel's blog here.

When we took Max the Goldendoodle out for a walk down to Powell Lake I saw this mysterious woman who may or may not be in search of her next starring role in a Fellini movie...

There was a break from family tradition this year with dinner on the 24th rather than on Christmas Day.  Great to see Laurie finally getting to relax on Christmas Day instead of being focused on performing miracles in the kitchen - and a good thing too since there were 14 for dinner this year.

There's something awesome and terrifying about the fact that year in and year out millions upon millions of families around the world spend so many hours (maybe even days!) preparing a feast that is consumed in the space of 2 hours.

Another family tradition is the presenting of gifts from family pets - on reflection this is absolutely ridiculous but, hey, its a tradition and I love it! This year I got this from one of our cats...

I make no apology for the general lack of festiveness to these pictures... Way too predictable! Besides, I decided to shoot some video over Christmas instead of stills as a warm up for what I hope to be doing a lot more of in 2012. Stay tuned for more on that. As for the Christmas video, well, I'll see how it turns out before I decide whether or not to share it!

In the meantime, here are some images from our trip back. The light at this time of year with the sun low in the sky really does some wonderful things.

What's that on the right hand side? Looks like Ogopogo decided to visit the Sunshine Coast for Christmas too!

A view of the ferry approaching across Saltery Bay. This truly is a beautiful part of the world isn't it?

The cats were especially happy to see us return home. Mostly because this meant that the lights on our little Charlie Brown Christmas tree would be turned on again. Based on how keen they are at trying to chew on it I think it must have had catnip infused into it during manufacturing...

H'mm... Next year's Christmas card image perhaps???

Until next time folks!