Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Ruby Tuesday - The Rolling Stones

Good morning and welcome to RUBY TUESDAY - may your day sparkle and shine - it's a long time since we have had Ruby Tuesday as our Tuesday song - so today's the day.

It is warm and steamy in my fair city today - humid and rain and storms on the horizon - the joys of an Australian spring day and only just spring for tomorrow SUMMER dons her beautiful gown and dances on our stage.

Days of sunshine, swimming pools, splashing in water, long evening meals outside,ice cold drinks, fresh stone fruit,  children running and playing in lawn sprinklers - and then there is, in the middle of all of this Christmas and holidays.

Christmas for us in Australia is very special but very different from that our our Northern Hemisphere friends - it is all strange to you who come from cooler climes.

Sharing something I wrote about an Australian Christmas - enjoy.


It's almost Christmas time again
And memory brings us near
To those we often think about
And those that we hold dear.
We draw to the end of another year
With days of trouble and pain
And once more we stand at the threshold
Of a year filled with sunshine and rain.

We don’t have Christmas snow in Australia
But we have days of endless sun
No snowman with his corn cob pipe
But we have holidays and fun.
We don’t wrap ourselves in thick coats
To sing Christmas Carols outside
We sit on blanket in the park
And light our candles with pride.

We don’t have a blazing Yule log
Nor does the snow fall on our day
We have an outside barbecue
And the children splash and play.
We sit in parks and gardens
With umbrellas for shade from the sun
We eat our prawns and salads
And our children laugh and have fun.

We don’t wear thick and woollen coats
Nor hats and gloves to keep warm
We smell the scent of eucalypts and pines
And it is Christmas on the farm.
We sit beneath the Southern Cross
And sing our Christmas Cheer
And hold the thoughts of those
Who are no longer near.

It’s Christmas in Australia
Very different for you to understand
Those of you who come from
A cold and winter land.
It’s summer in Australia
And days are long and bright~
Please remember Christmas “Down Under”
And think of another “Silent Night.”

A silent night beneath the Southern Cross
With and endless open sky  ~
Don’t try to understand
Nor ask the reason why!
Just accept that this is Christmas
Throughout the entire world
And pray that Freedom’s flag
Will very soon be unfurled.

So at this special time of year
When we all draw close and love
Let’s try to release into our lives
Heaven’s Peaceful dove.
Let’s love a little more, and care
And open friendships door
These are the things I wish for you
I cannot wish for more.

©  Linda J.Vaughan
December 12 2003

I am truly excited about Christmas this year - I am always excited about it and decorated my Friendship and Memory Tree yesterday and am very happy with it.

It is very much a personal tree for me - rather like my friend Michelle said "an autobiography of my life" - yes each decoration means something special to me.  There is a little crystal train a gift from a little boy who loved trains, one that says from "Our House to Yours 2003 which came from Indiana, a lovely angel from Kentucky, beaded names done by a very sweet young friend, beaded stars, Baubles from the Liver Unit at Flinders - (I have two of those now) gifts from Alexis, a tiny teddy bear from Bethany in Brisbane, and an angel made from a beer can - a lovely gift from Naomi.
All treasured and bring me joy.

It is different - I am different and I know of at least one other Liver Transplant Recipient who feels that he too is different.  

We are different - we have been to the edge and survived but not without cost - we bear the scars of the surgeon's knife and also his needlework (or skill with a staple gun),  Part of another total stranger lives in us and keeps us alive.  We think differently and think very deeply and feel rather like Clancy in Clancy of The Overflow - that there are things that "the townsfolk never know"

We are different, we have a very great awareness of the slender thread that holds life together for us all and we daily give thanks.  At this time of gift giving - we know we have received the most wonderful gift and and we are thankful. Life is sweet and very beautiful in spite of pains and changes.

So, on Ruby Tuesday - find every little gem and jewel in your life and watch them sparkle and gleam - be sure to find joy in the little things and don't forget to shine.

Love and hugs,

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