by pennifold 06 Dec 2019

Hi Cuties, we all had a wonderful day at my annual Christmas lunch. The weather was very warm, so I had the air conditioners on all day.

The food was lovely. We had Prawn, Avocado and Mango salad, roasted vegetables, Pasta and egg, Roast Chicken and Turkey and Fried Rice. Chris, the wife of my former boss bought a beautiful bottle of Croser sparkling wine. The majority of the ladies left around 3.30, my friend Sue had to leave at 2.30 as she had a 2 hour drive to get back home and Meg was the last to leave about 5.00pm. Trevor got home about 4.40 and had a chat with Meg and I left just after Meg left for my Choir practice for tomorrow's Christmas Carol service at our Redhead church. We have the Bishop of Newcastle attending and the Mayor of Lake Macquarie opening up our new community garden.
I've attached a couple of pictures of Mum and I and the ladies. Love Chris
1. Mum and I
2. Carol, Chris, Kaye, Sue, Meg, Mum and me.
3. Carol, Chris, Stasia, Sue, Meg, Mum and me.
4. Food on table with my gorgeous porcelain Santa.


by vickiannette 09 Dec 2019

Well, I needed to scroll down a bit further to see your pictures already posted! Beautiful colours.

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pennifold by pennifold 09 Dec 2019

Thanks Vicki, just check out my name and look on Community or Projects. Love Chris

by airyfairy 08 Dec 2019

Your menu sounds absolutely delicious. So pleased all went well with your friends. Good to see Meg in the pictures.

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pennifold by pennifold 09 Dec 2019

Thanks so much Sarah, everything was fantastic. Love Chris

by meganne 07 Dec 2019

I had a lovely day thank you dear friend.
It is wonderful sharing this special time with you and your beautiful friends.

The food was scrumptious, as it always is, the Christmas setting a pure delight to my inner child, the wonderful gifts you made us all, were amazing but beyond all that, the love and friendship between everyone was the most heartwarming and generous, and I feel so truly blessed to be a part of this.

Ray said to please pass on his thanks to Stasia, for sending home some of her delicious fried rice and to Chris for her equally delicious baked vegetables.
I really enjoyed every morsel, the two dishes, (already mentioned), the prawns and mango, (without Coriander πŸ₯° πŸ™πŸ»), the potato bake πŸ˜‹, the curried egg and cherries πŸ’, the cold chicken, the delicious pudding and (runny πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ custard 😘), even my own Chicken pasta salad, (Ray was so glad there was plenty left over 🀣🀣). ( I apologise if I missed any).

These days will be treasured memories for a very long time.
Thank you Chris, you are one very special lady and a beautiful friend.

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pennifold by pennifold 07 Dec 2019

Well, what can I say to that wonderful tribute, but thankyou Meg. It is always such a fun day and just seeing the ladies faces when they see the table makes it all worthwhile. Love Chris
(I hope to see you in the new year. I've written you a PM explaining why I can't get down sooner. Plus we're looking after John and Deirdre's place for 2 weeks just after Christmas)

by clintonmiss22 06 Dec 2019

Looks like a fun time for all. I look forward each year to seeing your table and all of your goodies. Great picture of you ladies. Chris, you are so photogenic. You take a beautiful picture! Hope you have a great time on your trip.

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pennifold by pennifold 07 Dec 2019

Thanks so much missclinton you are too kind - I love the traditional red and green and just added silver this year. Love Chris

by fabricfairy 06 Dec 2019

Wow this looks like fun .Hope you had a great day .

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pennifold by pennifold 07 Dec 2019

Thanks so much fabricfairy, it was fun and we had a great day. Love Chris

by toogie 06 Dec 2019

You all look so beautiful! The food makes me hungry-lol-Your mom doesn't age, she looks as gorgeous as ever. That goes for you, too. I think you are wearing your hair a little differently...maybe. I know all the ladies enjoy the time spent together during your luncheons. I also know how much they should appreciate all the fine, special gifts you made for each of them. Glad a good time was had by all. Gotta go, someone is here-Toogie

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pennifold by pennifold 07 Dec 2019

Hi Toogie, thanks for those lovely comments. My hair is actually a bit long at the moment I usually get it cut every 4 weeks, but decided to wait closer to Christmas. It was very muggy for me yesterday and I was constantly pushing my hair back. The ladies loved their gifts. Love Chris

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by shirley124 edited 06 Dec 2019

Everyone looks happy. Food looks good. Glad you had a lovely day. While you had the Air conditioners going up there we had our heater on down here in Tassie. Hugs

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pennifold by pennifold 07 Dec 2019

Hi Shirley, thanks for commenting. Lucky you having some lovely cold weather. Love Chris

by stork 06 Dec 2019

Food sounds good. Looks like everyone had a great time. Love you sharing the photos

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Dec 2019

Good evening Tonya, yes we had a lovely day. It all goes by so fast though. Everyone was commenting on how fast this year has gone, even the grandchildren are saying it! Love Chris

by tuross 06 Dec 2019

Christ it all looks lovely and very festive and you obviously put in an enormous amount of work to make it a lovely day for everyone. Most of all, you all look as though you had the best day just being together for another of your annual Christmas Parties. I bet they all look forward to coming every year.

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Dec 2019

Good morning Lynne, it was a beautiful day and you know how hot its been! I don't like the heat, so was so glad to have the air conditioners on. The ladies all look forward to what I've done. This year was no exception, now to put my thinking cap on for next year! The room where I set up the luncheon now stays 'dressed' till our family Christmas, so no sewing for me till after Christmas. We're going up to the Hunter Valley for a couple of weeks, to our friends place whilst they are away and guess what, I'm taking my sewing machine with me ha ha ha! Love Chris

by dragonflyer 06 Dec 2019

Lovely photos, scrumptious menu, jealous again! So wonderful you are able to do this and all of you ladies are able to attend....another spectacular luncheon!

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Dec 2019

Thanks so much Kim, you would be most welcome to attend! Long way to come though! Love Chris

by pennyhal2 06 Dec 2019

What a lovely table, and everyone sure looks like they are having a great time! You have such a wonderful tradition of hosting the people you care about, and who care about you as well. This is the perfect time of year to celebrate not just the season, but to celebrate friendship and the love each has for the other.

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Dec 2019

Thanks Penny and so well said! Love Chris

by noah 06 Dec 2019

Everyone looks so happy hugs xx

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Dec 2019

Thanks Carolyn, yes, they are a happy bunch of lovely ladies. Love Chris

by dailylaundry 06 Dec 2019

Looks as though everyone has a wonderful time!!! You are so sweet to have this luncheon each year - I am certain everyone looks forward to it! Love the pictures - everyone looks beautiful and happy!! Hugs, Laura

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Dec 2019

Hi Laura, yes, we always have a great time, but want to see each other more. I visit Meg as often as I can. Sue lives 2 hours south of Newcastle down in Arcadia and I try and see her a few times a year. Kaye, Stasia and Chris who all live locally funnily enough I don't get to see as we are all so busy! Love Chris

by gerryvb 06 Dec 2019

you must have had a wonderful and special get-together agiain. A beautiful group, they must be so happy you do this every year. Thank you for sharing :)

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Dec 2019

Hi Gerry, yes, they all love it and it's become something of a tradition. We have vowed to try and just get together for coffee and a chat more next year. We (my friends) are all grandmothers and have a lot of extra 'babysitting' duties still!!! Love Chris

by graceandham 06 Dec 2019

We all long to be invited to a party like yours! Your mother looks fabulous. I know you will treasure the memories you are creating.

pennifold by pennifold 06 Dec 2019

Thanks Betsey, yes, Mum always makes an effort to look gorgeous. She commented on much shorter she is than me now, but that's just natural aging!!! She will be 86 on January 29th. Love Chris

shirley124 by shirley124 06 Dec 2019

Chris your mother's birthday is the same day as my hubby. He will be 82 next year. hugs

by cfidl 06 Dec 2019

It is so nice to see all of you! So glad you had this time together and Meg you look wonderful. Best wishes to you all for a happy holiday season.

pennifold by pennifold 06 Dec 2019

Thanks Chris, just after these photos, Meg put her hair up! Love Chris

meganne by meganne 07 Dec 2019

Thanks Chris and Chris.
My hair is my nemesis as it makes me too hot wearing it down, as much as I try to, it also looks an unruly mess. 🀣
Merry Christmas xxxxx

by lbrow 06 Dec 2019

What a sumptuous meal you provided for all Meg. Would like to have been with you. A marvelous "Gala" you provided . I love the pictures. Everything is Grand. Congratulations on it all.

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Dec 2019

Thanks Miss Lillian, I just provided the meat and Prawn Salad Miss Lillian. Everyone else brings a salad. It was beautiful, love Chris

by sdrise 06 Dec 2019

Beautiful as always!!! Everyone looks lovely! Glad you all had a wonderful time.

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Dec 2019

Thanks so much Suzanne,it was fun once again. Love Chris

by sebsews 06 Dec 2019

What a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday and friendship! You are amazing and you sing too! Merry Christmas, Suzanna

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Dec 2019

Thanks Suzanna, I love singing. It's so much fun to sing the carols and today we are actually singing some locally written Australian carols. Love Chris

by lidiad 06 Dec 2019

Congratulations, Chris! Thanks for sharing your photos with us.
Hugs, Lidia

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Dec 2019

Thanks Lidia, I'm so happy it all went well. Love Chris

by asterixsew Moderator 06 Dec 2019

Good to hear that all went well and you had a excellent time. Lovely to see the picture of everyone present. It’s windy and bucketing with rain with me today and cold so great to see pictures from warmer places. Enjoy I your Christmas carol service tomorrow

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pennifold by pennifold edited 06 Dec 2019

Hi Caroline, thanks for commenting - we desperately need rain. Our state of NSW is in full drought and I particularly feel for our farmers who are finding it so hard. Some have had to sell half their stock as they just have no water to give them. I've just noticed on the news there are over 100 fires still going!
"Smoke from the fires was drifting across to New Zealand and affecting communities there, NSW Rural Fire Service commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said today. There are currently more than 100 fires burning with more than 70 un-contained".

by mrskiki 06 Dec 2019

What a wonderful gathering of friends. And you do go all out for it. How many years have you been doing? Merry Christmas to you all. Hugs. Nan

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Dec 2019

Hi Nan, thank you. I've been doing this for over 25 years, but doing the gifts myself about 15 years. Love Chris

by michemb 06 Dec 2019

Everyone ad everything looks wonderful as usual Chris You go all out, so special, your friends and mom are lucky to have you, Happy holidays,
love and hugs

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pennifold by pennifold 06 Dec 2019

Thanks Michelle, I appreciate your comments. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Love Chris