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, December 24, 2006

A Walk Through Bethlehem (in Melbourne).

Ken was watching the 6 o'clock news tonight, and called out something to me about a nativity display somewhere. I thought he was referring to the many Christmas lights displays around the suburbs of Melbourne, and didn't take much notice. I still didn't know what he was on about, even when he rang Channel 7 to ask where this display was, and they told him. We had a look on the Internet, but I was still looking under 'Christmas lights', and so I didn't find what he was looking for. As we had nothing else planned, we decided to go for a drive and have a look at the lights anyway, and discovered some wonderful displays not far from home.

Ken still had the bee in his bonnet about the Nativity display he'd seen on t.v., so we headed off for Thornbury, about half an hour's drive from home. We thought it was at a church, but no, it was actually a Catholic school. When we arrived, we were very lucky to find a parking spot close by, as there was a queue of people around two blocks to enter the display. At first we weren't going to bother joining the queue, but as Ken said, we've come all this way, we may as well stay for a look. We are both glad that we did.

How can I explain it? In the school grounds, people had re-created street scenes from biblical times in Bethlehem - all kinds of shops, ending up in the manger, with Joseph, Mary, Baby Jesus, a young shepherd, and the three Wise Men. Each 'shop front' along the street had people dressed up in periodical costume, and doing things like grinding grain, chipping masonry, etc. We have never seen anything like this, but found out that it was in it's sixth year. And when I came home to find out more, I discovered that lots of towns around the world do a similar thing! Here is the link to the one we went to: Walk Through Bethlehem.


Blogger Isabelle said...

What a lovely experience! Thanks for your nice comments on your blog and yes, maybe we will meet sometime! It would be nice. Merry Christmas to you both!

Monday, 25 December, 2006  
Blogger Miss Eagle said...

Gina, sorry I have been out of touch. Thank you for visiting my blog. This year, since being back in the workforce, has been full on. As well, have had a bit of illness. Barely able to keep blogging. Have to keep my wick well trimmed so the lamp can keep burning!Blessings and bliss to you and yours not only for this Christmas season but for the New Year too. We will have to go opp shopping again. Any suggestions? Anyone else want to come too? I have a special need. Herself chucked out my 40 year old spatula - a necessary utensil when making sponge cakes or turning pikelets. Now I'm not sure that they're made new anymore - but I am sure a decent self-respecting opp shop would have one.....

Monday, 25 December, 2006  
Blogger Debbie said...

Gina Merry christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. I have never seen anything like The Walk through Bethlehem here in the states. It really looked wonderful.I have several new teapots! Posted the first one today.

Monday, 25 December, 2006  
Blogger Lee-ann said...

Gina and Ken what a lovely evening this all sounds you had.

Happy Christmas to our dear friends here it is already boxing day and we are almost glad for it to have arrived after such a busy time.

We wish you much happiness and joy now and always.

Both Rob & I look forward to many times spent together this coming year with our new dear friends.


Tuesday, 26 December, 2006  

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