“Bronte Beach Baywatch”

Sydney November 2013 (2 images – my last post for 2013)

At this end of the world, the weather is heating up as we enter summer. For many, the beach scene above is the only way to experience a white Christmas. And perhaps the most famous beach to be at is Bondi beach which is usually crowded to capacity on Christmas Day with families, travellers and revellers. Nothing like a barbecue at the beach, with sun, sand and water. And don’t forget the flies and sunburn. ๐Ÿ™‚

It is a busy time of the year at Bondi. Most people know about the Harbour fireworks to welcome the new year in Sydney, but there is also a rave party and fireworks at Bondi beach on new years too.


“Bondi Beach – the place to be”

And it is now close enough to Christmas, that I need to start getting worried organised, so no more posts this year from me. Blogging has certainly had its rewards and I’m delighted to have made friends along the way. Wherever you may be, allow me to wish you all the best for the season, and a Merry Christmas, hopefully spent with family and friends. And a happy and safe new year to you all. See you in 2014!

Olympus Etcetera, Photography Etcetera

The long hot summer…


92 thoughts on “The long hot summer…

  1. Hope you will have enough time to make everybody (including yourself) happy…Enjoy a lot!!!Have a merry merry time in X-mas and New Yearยดs Eve ..Read you again next year! ๐Ÿ™‚ A hug from Spain!

  2. Oh! I forgot!!!
    ยก Feliz Navidad y Feliz Aรฑo Nuevo ! (the same but in Spanish)
    Zorionak eta Urte Berri On! (This is in Euskera, Basque Language…It means Felicidades y Feliz Aรฑo Nuevo)

  3. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Lignum! Your beautiful posts and exquisite photos have brought so much joys to our blogging world. Thank you very much! Looking forward to seeing you in 2014 ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Lovely photos, I vaguely remember the sun and warmth. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wouldn’t mind a barbeque at the beach, although that definitely wouldn’t fell like Christmas. Wishing you lovely holidays without too much worrying and looking forward to “seeing” you again next year Lignum Draco!

    • You’ll be having a real White Christmas. Over here, hotels and resorts often provide “Christmas in July” celebrations so people can enjoy traditional Christmas foods in our winter. Have a lovely Christmas and I’ll see you again soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I never got used to those bright and hot Christmases when I lived in your part of the world (New Caledonia). But I can see the appeal of a Christmas bbq on the beach. Wishing you and your loved ones a fabulous holiday! I look forward to more interesting posts and photos from you in 2014. Cheers! –Julie

    • Yes, it does feel a bit topsy-turvy with Christmas in summer, and at the same time, images of Santa, Rudolph and frosty the snowman everywhere. Thank you for your kind wishes and I also hope that you and your family have a safe and happy Christmas.

  6. JL Kenney says:

    Such a beautiful place! I would not mind a white, sandy Christmas one bit! I hope you are able to stop worrying, er, “get organized” (hehe) and have a warm wonderful Christmas with the people you love!

  7. Liz says:

    I have certainly enjoyed visiting your blog and I look forward to more pictures in 2014. Bondi beach is indeed the place to go. I envy you, with all that sunshine our temperature today is -14C and winter hasn’t started “officially” I wonder what winter has in store for us. We are certainly having a white christmas. Very white to be precise. We also have fireworks on the 24 and again on the 31st evening. The whole City convenes to see the spectacular displays. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New 2014. Best wishes and best regards to your family and friends!

    • I’ve never experienced such degrees of cold, and wonder how I would be in that sort of weather. But I do like the idea of snow at Christmas. Many many thanks for your visits and I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, and happy healthy new year.

  8. Thank you for the holiday wishes and all the best to you as well for a lovely season. Christmas here is cold, and I’ve always wondered how I would do if I was to live in your part of the world for a few years. I think I would be OK with a warm Christmas, but suffer a bit when it was cold in like July. Thank you also for visiting my blog this year, I appreciate your visits and thoughtful comments. Enjoy your time off blogging and see you when you return.

    • Thank you, I guess it all depends on what we are used to and I’m just used to Christmas in summer. I don’t like travelling at that time of the year because everything just seems that much more expensive and busy.
      Thank you for your visits and comments too. I appreciate it. See you again soon.

  9. kelihasablog says:

    Lovely, lovely pictures! That beach is stunning… and I know exactly what you mean… getting ready for Christmas, holidays, family, etc… things can get hectic! Hope you enjoy your time away with those you love! Happy holidays!

  10. That’s a very beautiful beach – I wish I was there!! ๐Ÿ˜€ And I think you should be worried and organised at the same time, that combination normally gets things done! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Thank your for these pictures – for many of your readers for sure not a typical place to celebrate Christmas – and thank you also for all the other nice views during the year. Looking forard to the first picture for 2014! Enjoy the holidays and greetings from Germany!

  12. Alexandra says:

    it’s summer where you live, gosh, we’re freezin’ here…
    love the bw shot, great wide angle, the white structure is a space ship, right?:)))
    happy holidays!!!

  13. I am so late to your party on the beach Lignum ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Do hope Christmas was cool and calm for you in the summer heat and so many best wishes to you for a wonderful New Year. Thank you so much for your company here and the many wonderful pleasures you put before us!

    • Wouldn’t you know it? It rained, no, it poured down on Christmas Day.
      Many thanks Patti. It was a pleasure to “meet you” this year and I do enjoy our chats. Have a happy healthy new year.

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    • Is it 2014 yet? ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m very well, but matters requiring my full attention prevent me from returning to blogging yet. Maybe the last week of January, or perhaps February.

      Thanks for the note Paula. I’ll pop by when I can.

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