That Time of the Year Again

Once again I have been very tardy with my blog posts. I put it down to being that busy time of year , working more than usual combined with a small computer glitch, hopefully now sorted.

Last weekend we attended the MG Car Club Christmas picnic . The day was a typical Tassie Summer day , cool and overcast one minute , warm and sunny the next. We had a pleasant drive in the country with a rest stop at the town of Deloraine , where the photos were taken, then on to Lake Hunstman for our picnic get together.

My version of casual was the order of the day , a new to me linen bubble hem dress from European designer Zojka Borkowska ( a recent recycle find) , a white cotton jacket from Scope worn over black pants. New silver Fly London sandals , a mix of bangles , Gucci sunnies , earrings and a straw hat completed the outfit.

As is tradition we had a visit from Mrs Claus and her little helper who handed out small gifts to all.

On our way home I stopped to snap these interesting farm buildings on the historical property of Cheshunt.

Unfortunately I was unable to get close enough to the house to take photos.


I was quite taken with this deserted  cottage and the black Face Suffolk sheep sheltering under the verandah.

I have also managed to do some cooking for Christmas starting with a fruit and nut Christmas cake that I have made for many years. I have a standing order for this cake from my youngest son Callum , who is home from Melbourne .


My Christmas decorating is a simple affair . I like to use greenery from the garden mixed with a few baubles that I have collected over the years. Mind you , it has rained here for the last few days so the greenery will wait until tomorrow when hopefully it will be sunny.

Every year I decorate a small tree with a collection of mainly pink decorations (many given to me by friends) in memory of our daughter India.



Thinking of my friends in this holiday season , may you find peace and joy in these troubled times.



  1. December 22, 2020 / 11:35 am

    Mmm, that nut and fruit cake looks very delicious! And healthy! I envie your weather, can’t wait for the sun to shine and warming up here. But first we have winter to go through! I wish you a Merry Christmas!

    • grownupglamour
      December 23, 2020 / 10:05 am

      Many thanks Nancy the cake is rather delicious. Actually our weather this year has been rather cool with a lot of rain. All my best wishes to you for a Merry Christmas Nancy. xxx

  2. Stu
    December 22, 2020 / 1:14 pm

    What a great place Deloraine looks, we stopped there briefly last year (seems so long ago now) and took a photo of the town sign as I’m married to a Loraine. Sadly the hire car people didn’t give us the option of a MG though.

    • grownupglamour
      December 23, 2020 / 10:02 am

      Deloraine is a pretty town with quite a bit of history. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and maybe some travels again soon.

  3. judith
    December 22, 2020 / 7:08 pm

    What a sweet tribute to your daughter in the little tree! You look amazing in the bubble dress (I have never seen one) and seeing the lilies in bloom is a welcome sight, as we are officially in winter in the U.S. I love the Nancy Milford quote; very inspiring, and I think I am there as well. And I enjoyed seeing the sheep and the old farmstead and buildings. So glad I found you on the Contessa’s blog! You should reference that post in one of yours, and perhaps do a post on it. Merry Christmas, Jill!

    • grownupglamour
      December 23, 2020 / 9:58 am

      Thank you so much Judith , so pleased to have met you through our Contessa. The tree is quite special as many of the pink decorations were gifts from friends . I am not sure were you are in the U.S. but I hope your Winter is a mild one.
      Wishing you a Merry Christmas .

  4. December 22, 2020 / 7:12 pm

    Your linen bubble hem dress is stunning, and very, very you!
    I’m loving the historical farm buildings and your tree decorated in memory of your daughter is gorgeous.
    As for the scrumptious looking cake, I’m not surprised you have a standing order for it from your son!
    Wishing you happy holidays, Jill xxx

    • grownupglamour
      December 23, 2020 / 9:51 am

      Many thanks Ann, I knew when I saw this dress it was so me . The old farm buildings are always so interesting aren’t they.
      Wishing you and Jos Seasons Greetings . xxx

  5. December 28, 2020 / 8:30 pm

    That is a beautiful way to remember your daughter. I love seeing Christmas in warm weather days. We got a good foot of snow just in time for a white Christmas. I look forward to both our summer, and the freedom to go on picnics with groups safely. Merry Christmas.

    • grownupglamour
      January 2, 2021 / 5:58 am

      Thank you so much Sam , I do hope you enjoyed your Christmas in the snow. I have always hoped to one day experience a white Christmas , not sure where or when yet.

  6. January 2, 2021 / 10:59 pm

    That cake looks delicious and how nice you were able to have your son home for Christmas from Melbourne! It was amazing how quickly all the borders started closing after the cases in NSW 🙁 Makes us appreciate even more how lucky we are to live close to family!

    Happy new year! Hope that your 2021 has started well and you had a good Christmas.

    • grownupglamour
      January 3, 2021 / 12:34 am

      I hope you enjoyed Christmas with your family , especially your little ones. The cake is good , I have a standing order for it from Melbourne son. It was so good to have him home over Christmas . Yes, things certainly are changing quickly with borders at the moment.
      Happy New Year to you Mica.

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