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The party’s over… and

judging by the sound levels

as everyone arrived at once,

they were all in the mood

to catch up on family news

since last year and indulge.


My grandies sang carols,

waved sparklers as the sun set

and sat at a special kids table

for all the littlest guests.


I tried to freeze-frame certain

moments between cousins,

brothers and sisters and dads,

for future reference.  Noted

changed shapes and faces, hair

colours and sparkly shoes.


Loved every moment, surrounded

by those I hug as often as I can,

now the party’s over, I can sew…

finish those last minute pressies.

And the tree survived little hands!

Only 4 sleeps before Christmas Day.


@FrancesMForde  #FrancesMacForde  #4Sleeps’tilChristmas  #Christmas


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A friend shared

some food art, so

we incorporated

built enthusiasm

for the family BBQ.


Until the carols

I was too busy

feeding guests

to notice them

not here to share

~ to sing with joy.


Then I saw

the faces of Ryder

and Tais light up

watching their Dad

play guitar and sing.


And I smiled.


#FrancesMacForde  @FrancesMForde  #5Sleeps’tilChristmas

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Last year’s tree

looked so forlorn,

standing neatly,

a few pressies,

lights off.

No mess with

the stress, less

because grand-kids

away in another country.


No reason for Santa…


#FrancesMacForde  @FrancesMForde  #6SleepsBeforeXmas


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Newly released Christmas Books.  Now we’re well and truly into November, the shops (and the net) have started their Christmas campaigns and everywhere I turn, I see tinsel.


We’re sending out invites for our usual family Christmas Party and hubby and nephew are practicing their guitars for the carols.


I do LOVE this time of year – just wish my purse felt the same.

This year, I shall be going back to making most of my pressies – sewing or cooking or writing…

But wait!

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I HAVE a book which would make the PERFECT Christmas Gift for littlies:  “Santa’s Swim”  – although I only have a few paperback copies left.

My inspiration was a little Santa Statue from on top of our Christmas cake and my daughter asking for it.

When I was growing up in Africa it was a favorite ritual for Mum and I to make the Christmas cake.  As I got older, I confess, a lot of the hilarity came from tasting the whiskey before adding to the fruit.  Such great memories, now my Mum is no longer available to hug!


‘Santa’s Swim’ is inspired by treasured memories, of Nanna and her Christmas Cake and Santa, who presided over it.  When Nanna dies, young Mandy wears the little statue on a string to keep Nanna close.  On the beach, one day,  the string breaks and unknown to Mandy, Santa goes for a swim.  Now Santa’s lost, will Mandy ever find him again?  And does it mean she’s lost her Nanna too?


 Buy the Book:  $15 each with FREE postage in Australia.

#FrancesMacaulayForde”  #BOOK:Santa’sSwim  #ChristmasBooks  #Children’sPictureBook  #Nanna&Christmas  #Grandparents  #LosingNanna



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Xmas in Oz

On this Special Day for many, may I wish all who read my humble words a peaceful, healthy, happy and safe journey.

Thank you for your kind comments and interest in my blog.  May your wishes and dreams come true in 2014.

My family and I will be Rocking Around the Christmas Tree!

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Last year I was a guest of the Avon Valley Writers Festival held over two days in Northam and Toodyay.  What a wonderful experience, the staff from both libraries made us very welcome.


My handsome son drove me way out in the country and made me feel safe – wish we could do that sort of thing more often.

One of the books I took with me for sale was my Christmas story ‘Santa’s Swim’ – if you’d like a copy, I still have them for sale here.


‘Santa’s Swim’ hardcover version (not available)

I also ran a coloring competition which was very popular – both winners loved their prizes of a copy of the book ‘Santa’s Swim’, a little Santa statue of their very own and a certificate to frame.

Zoe Driffill – winner in Northam
(thanks to library staff for the wonderful photo)
Aimee Greenhill, winner in Toodyay
(thanks to library staff for the wonderful photo)

This is the Christmas Cake decoration which inspired the story.


The inspiration for ‘Santa’s Swim’

I wonder if they’ll bring out their book and the statue and read it again, this year?

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