Merry Christmas!


Cradle Mountain


Many people have stood in this spot before me. It makes it no less delightful.

From the wilds of Tasmania may I wish everyone a very Happy Christmas.


Jessica x


2018-12-25T07:42:43+00:00December 25th, 2018|Tags: |


  1. Chloris December 25, 2018 at 8:41 am - Reply

    How wonderful. Keep on showing us your wonderful photos. Happy Christmas Jessica.

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 6:58 am - Reply

      Thanks Chloris. Will do. Internet permitting. It’s been challenging last few days.

  2. germac4 December 25, 2018 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Have a memorable Christmas at Cradle Mountain … Lovely to see your wonderful photos & to enjoy your observations as you go along.. enjoy!

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 7:00 am - Reply

      Thanks. I’m running a bit behind but Cradle Mountain has been one of the big highlights of Tasmania so far.

  3. janesmudgeegarden December 25, 2018 at 9:32 am - Reply

    You’re seeing so much of this huge country, it’s fun to guess where you’ll be next. Greetings to you too, Jessica.

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 7:03 am - Reply

      Everyone we’ve met has been surprised at just how far we’ve travelled. But it’s such a long haul to get here, we have to make the most of it!

  4. Torrington Tina December 25, 2018 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Lovely pictures to brighten a dull grey day here, hope the sun continues to shine on your Christmas down under. Love and best wishes from Mr & Ms TT.

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 7:06 am - Reply

      It’s certainly heating up Down Under. Coming home is going to be a real shock to the system!

  5. Natalie December 25, 2018 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Merry Christmas! What a beautiful spot.

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 7:09 am - Reply

      It was lovely. Especially with that clear blue sky. A very Happy New Year to you both!

  6. Val December 25, 2018 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Happy Christmas and new year, Jessica. (What’s the plant in the featured image? I recognise it but can’t recall its name.)

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 7:12 am - Reply

      It’s the Tasmanian Waratah, Telopea truncata. It blooms just in time for Christmas and certainly looks the part!

  7. derrickjknight December 25, 2018 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    You, too, Jessica

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 7:14 am - Reply

      The sun was shining and we walked 13 miles! Probably enough to burn off the extra calories.

  8. Peter Herpst December 25, 2018 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Merry Christmas to you, Jessica!

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 7:16 am - Reply

      Thanks Peter.

  9. Heyjude December 25, 2018 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Oh, my goodness, now you are in Tasmania – another region I have yet to visit. I hope you will post some photos of this lovely island. Enjoy your time over there, Nadelik Lowen!

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 7:19 am - Reply

      Next post, internet permitting.
      And now I discover there is such a thing as a Cornish-English dictionary. Who’d a thought it!

  10. Kris P December 25, 2018 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Best wishes for a merry Christmas to you too, Jessica!

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 7:21 am - Reply

      It’s nice to be wandering about in shorts on Christmas Day.. could get used to it!

  11. Brian Skeys December 25, 2018 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    Merry Christmas and a happy new e

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 7:22 am - Reply

      And a very Happy New E to you too Brian! 😉

  12. marksgran December 26, 2018 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Merry Christmas to you too. What a lovely photograph. Enjoy Tasmania. x

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 7:25 am - Reply

      Thanks! At times the weather has been rather English but it’s picked up nicely now.

  13. Mary December 26, 2018 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Hoping your traveling Christmas was a good one.

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 7:26 am - Reply

      It was lovely. We took a picnic to a lake high up on a hill and walked 13 miles!

  14. offtheedgegardening December 26, 2018 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Hope you both had a wonderful Christmas Jessica, looking forward to catching up sometime soon xxx

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 7:39 am - Reply

      We must definitely do that. Hope you’re getting plenty of rest to heal that foot!

  15. Linda from Each Little World December 26, 2018 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Looks like the two of you have had a quite a time. Best wishes to you for 2019.

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 7:43 am - Reply

      And to you Linda. Look forward to catching up with you soon.

  16. snowbird December 26, 2018 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Wow, what a wonderful time you are having! All the very best to you and

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 7:45 am - Reply

      Thanks. Just caught up with news of Sam. Glad all is well x

  17. bittster December 27, 2018 at 4:17 am - Reply

    Have a wonderful New Year’s!
    What a beautiful spot, I couldn’t blame any amount of people for trekking out to it. I think the water is bluer than blue lake!

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 7:48 am - Reply

      It was such a clear day, we were so lucky. And just as well. The trek was relatively short, but the car journey three hours each way! Even Australia’s islands are massive.

  18. Charles December 27, 2018 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Oddly enough when I saw the picture of Cradle Mountain I was reminded of Blaven, on Skye. Cradle mountains looks a lot warmer and drier! According to the man you refer to as the lord of cord, I could have planted my onion seeds on the shortest day. I am saving this treat for January when all the festivities are over. In other exciting news my asparagus has decided to start growing, in December. If this sort of thing carries on I shall have to lie down.

    Happy Christmas to you. Have you seen any snakes yet? I have managed two trips to Australia without seeing anything remotely toxic, apart from some of their beer….

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 7:59 am - Reply

      It’s best not to mention snakes, Mike hates them.
      There was a board outside a visitor centre, which served as the start point for many of our walks, helpfully providing pictorial identification of the local snakes with mention of the fact that ALL were venomous. I’ve only seen one, way back in Far North Queensland and it slithered away before Mike even noticed.

  19. Sue Garrett December 27, 2018 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Watch out for those devils! Hope you had a good Christmas

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 8:01 am - Reply

      I’ve yet to see one! Realistically it will have to be at a wildlife centre. And even then they are nocturnal so maybe not.

  20. wherefivevalleysmeet December 27, 2018 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    I am rather late for Christmas, but instead may I wish you both a very happy and good New Year.

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 8:02 am - Reply

      Thanks Rosemary, and the very same to you!

  21. CherryPie December 29, 2018 at 1:12 am - Reply

    Happy New Year to you 🙂

    I hope you had a great Christmas 🙂

    • Jessica December 29, 2018 at 8:05 am - Reply

      It was a very different Christmas, mostly walking, but perhaps rather healthier than Christmasses past!
      A Very Happy New Year to you both 🙂

  22. karen December 30, 2018 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas. Happy New Year. xx

    • Jessica December 30, 2018 at 10:38 am - Reply

      And to you Karen.
      A new gardening season. What could be better?

  23. Mr Ian J Lumsden December 30, 2018 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    The Christmas photograph looks heavenly.

    • Jessica December 30, 2018 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      Hi Ian. Tasmania is a pretty amazing place.

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