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Christmas Hotting Up

Today I have included a video down the bottom, well more audio, it is a Christmas song which seems very appropriate right now.  So please play it while you look at the post.

As I said yesterday it is hot here today.  It is currently 37 C (98.6 F) and very dry.  The dry is good, but the hot is not.  We went into the city before lunch and I couldn’t believe how long the queues for the Myer windows were.

Myer QueueAll the people looking away are all the people waiting to see the windows.

End of the QueueThis is near the end of the queue.  It went a long way.  I was hard to understand people standing for so long in such heat.

Elf's giving out informationThere were some elves at the City Square handing out some cards to kids.  I think it had some activities on it for kids to do in the square.

Elf with the MobileHere is another elf taking a small break and chatting on her phone.  Who knew that Elves were up with Modern Technologies.

Portrait with the ElfThis woman gave me her camera and asked me to take her photo with the Elf, and I couldn’t resist taking a shot with my camera as well.  She seemed to be enjoying the atmosphere.

In the SwimThere is the City Square, you can see the tree, next to it is this little water feature. With it being so hot today lots of kids were jumping in and paddling in the water.  It was quite cute watching.  I was also a little envious, I wouldn’t have minded jumping in as well.

Federation ForestThis display is at Federation Square.  It was a rather bizarre display.  I didn’t really get it, though it may not have been a Christmas thing.  There was a sculpture show on, so it was probably part of that.

Relaxing in Fed SquareThere were a whole heap of deck chairs set up in front of the stage and large television.  My husband was sitting in one of them and said they were very comfortable .

The lighting is quite strange, but I have to say, it was kinda of like that.  It was getting very overcast and I think a cool change was on its way.  The light can be very weird it is that hot and a change of weather is happening.

I hope you have enjoyed the daylight version of Christmas in Melbourne, it is hot, it is exhausting, it is busy.  so many people looking for last minute gifts and trying to get away from the heat.

I hope you have found somewhere cool.

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  1. Having grown up and lived most of my life in the northeastern part of the US, I find it hard to imagine Christmas without cold weather and snow. I did enjoy the music though. A very nice touch. I guess it all depends on what you’re used to.Merry Christmas to you and family and friends.

    December 23, 2012
    • Yes, I guess it does jaggh53163, I find it hard to think of it being cold at Christmas, though it would be lovely to have snow then just once. Thank you and Merry Christmas

      December 24, 2012
  2. Enjoy that hot weather… 27F here just now with 2 inches on the ground. Brrr… Great shots as always.

    December 23, 2012
    • Wow that is cold, we are seeing one extreme to another. Thank you so much John, and thanks for supporting my blog, I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas.

      December 24, 2012
      • I love visiting your site, and Merry Christmas to you and your family. :)

        December 24, 2012
  3. Just a simple act of appreciation for what you do…I am a perpetual novice with the camera, but am fascinated by your writing and spirit.
    May all your Christmas’ be bright.

    December 23, 2012
    • Thank you so much, what a wonderful thing to say, I do really appreciate it, and you have a very Merry Christmas. :)

      December 24, 2012
  4. gailkav #

    I really enjoy your blog, Leanne. It is very hot here in QLD as well, given up hoping for a cool change at Christmas. great pics as always.

    December 23, 2012
    • Thank you very much gailkav, we are expecting a cooler day tomorrow 22, so it should be nicer. I hope you get something. Merry Christmas.

      December 24, 2012
  5. It’s cold and raining here in Sacramento, CA. Our Sierra Mountains have their fair share of snow. Less than 2 hours away folks are skiing. It’s hard to imagine the Christmas season in 98 degree weather. Your wonderful pictures are bringing that to all of us. Merry Christmas Leanne.

    December 23, 2012
    • Thank you Anne, I can imagine how strange it would seem, though completely normal for us. I would love snow though, one day maybe. Merry Christmas to you Anne.

      December 24, 2012
  6. Beautiful pics and great ambiance. Merry Christmas in advance !!

    December 23, 2012
    • Thank you prashlive, and Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.

      December 24, 2012
      • Hi Leanne you can call me Prash. Thanks

        December 25, 2012
  7. I’ve never spent pre-Christmas in Melbourne – is a visit to see the Myer’s windows a new thing? I kept on thinking of the sales staff at David Jones, seeing all those people lined up outside and nobody coming in to buy from them!

    Hope you had a southerly and that today is brilliant.

    Merry Christmas!

    December 23, 2012
    • Visiting the Myer windows at Christmas has become a bit of tradition, I think it has been happening for about 57 years, or something like that. I don’t know what David Jones thinks about it, but it is easy to get through if you want to go in. You must see if you can come one year and see it all, it was spectacular this year.
      Thank you so much Wanderlust, it has cooled down, though no rain, you have a wonderful day tomorrow, Merry Christmas

      December 24, 2012
      • I may do yet – I have darling friends who live in South Yarra and it’s been way too long since I last saw them.

        Ciao
        m

        December 24, 2012
  8. I’ve enjoyed seeing Melbourne at Christmas time through your photos. Sure a lot different from Norway, or the Christmas you spent in Denmark. Have a Merry Christmas and a New Year with all the right lighting.

    December 23, 2012
    • It is very different kuwaitquilter, though I have some wonderful memories of our Christmas in Denmark. Thank you and you have a Merry Christmas as well.

      December 24, 2012
  9. Dear Leanne,
    here in Berlin, it is about 0 centigrade cold and snow is on the fir on my balcony.
    Oh dear, it is very hot in Melbourne. I like the elfs with short pants. It looks great.
    I wish you a good 4th advent, the best wishes to chrismas and greetings Susanne

    December 23, 2012
    • A white Christmas, how wonderful. It has been very hot, though very normal for this time of the year. I am glad you liked the elves. They were funny. I wish you a very Merry Christmas Susanne. Thank you.

      December 24, 2012
  10. I also liked the elf in shorts. In Sydney, it’s David Jones that puts on the lavish Christmas window displays every year. This year, my favourite window has a flock of singing sheep and a sheep dog – very Aussie. Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great (hot) Christmas!

    December 23, 2012
    • I have never seen the David Jones’s windows, I must come one year. That sounds great, I like the idea of it being very Aussie. You are welcome and thank you. Merry Christmas

      December 24, 2012
  11. Lovely. I feel warmer already. I’m always cold here now that December is ending. We have a few weeks of cold, and then it’s beautiful again. Always love your stories as well as your work, my friend, Leanne. Marsha :)

    December 23, 2012
    • It was too hot here Marsha. I don’t like it when it is that hot, it is so uncomfortable. Sounds like your weather is good, though it must get pretty hot there in the summer. Thanks Marsha, I already wished you a Merry Christmas, but hey I can do it again, Merry Christmas :)

      December 24, 2012
      • Sure, why not? Most of the year the weather here is nice, if you like hot weather. I don’t mind it because I can swim when it gets too hot. :) Marsha If you are busy tomorrow, I’ll touch base the next day. Don’t get too tired opening all your presents! :) Marsha :)

        December 24, 2012
      • Thanks babe :), we have a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle lined up for tomorrow, we all love puzzles so now we try and see if we can do one in a day, keeps us all together, which is nice. I hope you have a great day as well. :)

        December 24, 2012
      • Oh what a great idea!!! I have a Twister game lined up, but the puzzle sounds SO much better! I think I’ll have V pick me up one for this afternoon. Love you!!! :)

        December 25, 2012
  12. Love the elves! The girl on the phone looks like a magazine ad…what could she be selling? Cell Phones? Makeup? Christmas Cheer? :)

    December 23, 2012
    • Hahaha, who knows, though I think she was just chatting during a break. It was a lovely photo, shame about the back ground. Thanks Marie, Merry Christmas

      December 24, 2012
  13. Christmas and summertime,so foreign to me. Wouldn’t mind it mind you, sure dont like cold winter weather. Love seeing this part of the world at the holidays.

    December 23, 2012
    • I think it is one of those things where you want what you don’t have, I would love a white Christmas. I am so glad you have enjoyed Melbourne, thank you phrenzel, and Merry Christmas

      December 24, 2012
  14. Merry Christmas Leanne… Happy holiday… :)

    December 24, 2012
    • Thank you and Merry Christmas to you as well :)

      December 24, 2012
  15. I can’t hear Bing Crfosby singing that song without thinking of my grandfather as a young US Navy Seabee on Tinian for Christmas 1944. The big treat was everyone was given *one* beer!

    December 24, 2012
    • Great story, thank you for sharing it, I hope it was lovely listening to it. Merry Christmas. :)

      December 24, 2012
  16. I enjoyed listening to your audio while reading your post, a great touch…as always, wonderful photos! I had one Christmas many years ago in Florida and if I could have them all there I would! I’m not a fan of cold/snow, never have been…I always say I actually was supposed to have been born in the Caribbean or Florida, some where south and warm! I’ve been in Key West when it was 37…with the humidity it was difficult to do too much…with out the humidity I loved it!
    Cheers

    December 24, 2012
    • Thank you Heather, I have to say, I don’t like the cold, but I would like to have a white Christmas one year. I think it would be wonderful. Merry Christmas

      December 24, 2012
  17. Merry Christmas !!! Hot or cold, never mind :-)

    December 24, 2012
    • Thank you tanydi and Merry Christmas to you as well. :)

      December 24, 2012
  18. White Christmas with snow storm and weather warning grade for 24 hours were I’m, here in the South of Sweden. They have told us to stay indoors … because it’s going to be dangerous out there.
    They don’t have to ask me twice.
    To stand in a heat like that to wait for Christmas display windows …. That is a true passion for Christmas. Really wired to see your photos with Christmas in such a heat.
    I would stay inside that Martini Bar … *smile
    Thank you so much for sharing your Christmas with us with snow in our world. Heartly thanks for that video .. adore that song and singer. Nobody can do it like him.

    December 24, 2012
    • I look forward to your Christmas photos Viveka. I am glad you are heeding their advice.
      I have to say I wouldn’t do it, stand in the heat like that unless I couldn’t avoid it. Getting there really early in the morning is the key if you really want to see them.
      I hope my Christmas photos have made you feel warmer, Merry Christmas to you.

      December 24, 2012
      • Looking at your photo … it made me sweat a bit – a bit too hot for my pleasure .. but outside here today .. is’t a bit too cold for my pleasure too. *smile

        Christmas thoughts .. soon Santa will be knocking on doors. But first Disney’s Christmas Cards on TV:

        December 24, 2012
  19. Fantastic shots, Leanne. Particularly like the last two. I agree with you about the heat – I’d always rather it was cool.

    December 24, 2012
    • I don’t like the really really hot days we get. I suppose it won’t be long before we are seeing days over 40. Merry Christmas Richard, thank you for all your support, I hope you have a great Christmas.

      December 24, 2012
      • Thanks, Leanne and a very merry Christmas to you and yours and thanks for all your support over the last year.

        December 25, 2012
  20. Skip the window, a deck chair under the umbrella is far more preferable. :)
    Stay cool!

    December 24, 2012
    • My husband was thinking the same, he said he could have quite easily just gone to sleep there. Thanks David, and Merry Christmas to you and yours. :)

      December 24, 2012
  21. I remember the Myer windows well. Great photos and loved the trees at fed square.

    December 24, 2012
    • Thank you invisiblecitiesphoto, Merry Christmas to you. :)

      December 24, 2012
  22. Fun post Leanne. Merry Christmas to you and yours! Robyn

    December 24, 2012
    • Thank you Robyn, and same to you, Merry Christmas :)

      December 24, 2012
  23. Thanks, Leanne, that was a treat.

    December 24, 2012
    • Thank you poet, and Merry Christmas to you and yours. :)

      December 24, 2012
  24. Merry Christmas Leanne. Loved the photos as always.

    December 24, 2012
    • Thank you so much and Merry Christmas to you as well.

      December 24, 2012
  25. petit4chocolatier #

    Beautiful pictures! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones :)

    December 24, 2012
    • Thank you petit4chocolatier and Merry Christmas to you and yours as well, I hope you have a great day. :)

      December 24, 2012
  26. kuujinbo #

    Nice capture of the elf talking on the cell.

    December 24, 2012
  27. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous 2013 Leanne!

    December 24, 2012
    • Thank you so much Sheila, I would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas too.

      December 24, 2012
  28. Lovely to see so many out and about in that intense heat, Leanne! The pics are terrific…looks as if half of Melbourne is standing waiting for a peek at Myer!

    Happy and Merry Christmas to you, hub and the beautiful girls…and may the New Year bring you more health and happiness than ever!

    December 24, 2012
    • I can understand why you would think that, I couldn’t believe they were standing there in the heat.
      Thank you so much 1000, Merry Christmas to you as well, I hope you have a wonderful day. Keep safe.

      December 24, 2012
      • The same to you, Leanne, and the entire family! Turn on the air conditioners!

        December 25, 2012
  29. James Shannon #

    Would love to bake in the 37c heat right now … it’s -20c without the windchill here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Enjoy the season! :)

    December 24, 2012
    • Wow, talk about one extreme to another, really opposites. Thanks James, and Merry Christmas to you as well.

      December 24, 2012
  30. Thank you, nothing brings Christmas home quite like Bing Crosby’s White Christmas does it. :-)

    December 24, 2012
    • I know, I love that song. Thank you Sallyann, and Merry Christmas to you. :)

      December 24, 2012
  31. Queuing in that degree of heat is dedication. I would have been in the water feature cooling my toes like a child.

    December 24, 2012
    • Or nuts Gallivanta, haha. Yes, the water was much better, thank you and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

      December 24, 2012
  32. Bing was the King of the Crooners. Thanks for sharing your shots. Too bad about the heat.

    December 25, 2012
    • Thank you Hutch, I do love that one song. The heat, well, to be expected and I am sure we will get a lot more and a lot hotter, we will get some very hot weather in the next month or two.

      December 26, 2012
  33. visualpoetryphotography #

    Merry Christmas from Northern British Columbia, Canada. It’s a balmy -21C here!

    December 25, 2012
    • It is like one extreme to another. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you too.

      December 26, 2012
  34. Hoping your Christmas has been a joyful one, Leanne, and I am sorry I was not able to ship some cold to you!

    December 25, 2012
    • Haha, I think the only way to get some cold is to ship myself. Thank you so much Dave, we had a lovely day. I hope you have as well.

      December 26, 2012
  35. In my image, Christmas time have snow. I have been surprised.

    December 27, 2012
  36. I love the second to last image! It has such an interesting contrast between the architecture and organic forms. And so many shapes!

    Also, I hope you had a lovely Christmas :) I just got several feet of snow, so I could try to ship some to you in a cooler!. I won’t be needing quite this much of the stuff.

    December 29, 2012
  37. Gotta love Christmas.. and the crowds that come with it lol! I love Bing!!

    January 3, 2013

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