Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year to all who visit Patra's Places!

One thing about living in Melbourne, if you don't like the weather, stick around for a day - it is sure to change...and thank goodness for that! Yesterday (N Y Eve) the sun was blazing down, and it got to 43 deg.C (somewhere about 110 deg.F). Ken and I just flaked out. We had the air con. flat out all day and into the evening. Today, the sky is cloudy, there is a lovely cool wind blowing, and the prediction is rain. All our doors and windows are wide open, and the minute the wind slams one shut, I jump up and prop it open again! Inside the house it is still warm, as the bricks can hold the heat for several days. I am tempted to go out and hose the whole place down, which would help the cooling process along, but if everyone did that, our water supply would plummet even lower than where it is now - 58% the last time I looked on Foxtel's weather channel. So I won't do it.


We usually spend NY Eve with friends, either at home or at their place. Not always the same friends - it depends on what everyone has planned. But we usually find others with nothing else planned, as we did yesterday. A couple about two streets away, who we have known for about 23 years, were staying home because of the extreme heat. So when H invited us around there, we accepted, rather than just stay home. I cut some ham sandwiches, and we arrived there about 10 pm. We had some nibbles and sweets, drinks, and at midnight we toasted in the New year with champagne and ham sandwiches while watching the fireworks in Sydney and Melbourne on t.v. If you're wondering about the significance of ham sandwiches, my MIL says this is an old English or Scottish tradition - to have ham sandwiches and shortbread on NY Eve. Don't know why, but we do it anyway! (Helps to soak up the alcohol...)

4 Comments:

Blogger Medieval Lady said...

Happy New Year Gina!!!! May 2006 be the best ever. :-)
Big hugs,
-Patty

Sunday, 01 January, 2006  
Blogger ms*robyn said...

ahhh so you had a cool day ! our tops got to 47 in some parts here. disgraceful !!!
happy New Year to you, Gina xoxo

Sunday, 01 January, 2006  
Blogger Shell said...

43 degrees - my goodness, I shan't complain about our measly low to mid 30's then! Sounds as though you had a quiet, though fun New Years Eve. I went to a 60th wedding anniversary and BJ and I were the only people there under 50 (we're both 28), but had an absolute ball! It was great fun - different than our usual antics, but warm and meaningful and spent with family.

I hope 2006 brings you your dreams!

Monday, 02 January, 2006  
Blogger Nicole said...

I love traditions... I try to keep up our family traditions with stern force (the children will thank me one day!) And I try to sneak a few new ones in every year... 'oh you remember honey, we did this last year too, so we'd better keep up the tradition!' Don't tell hubby! I think new years eve should be celebrated by all as it helps us to think about our lives and how we can improve in some way.. x Nicole I'm glad you had a nice time Gina.

Tuesday, 03 January, 2006  

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