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Thursday 23rd December, Madrid, Spain
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The countdown is on.

Finally, the last of our winter supplies have arrived (not including a pair of waterproof gaiters that somehow landed on my Mum's doorstep in Australia!! We have two sets of long thermal underwear each, along with fleece socks, arctic socks and waterproof socks, gore tex gloves, and an assortment of instant heat packs. Maria even thought to buy a couple of those funny pillows that you put around your neck when you want to sleep on a bus or train. Isn't she a sweety??

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It's funny to me that a lot of people don't realize that the popular Christmas carol 'Jingle Bells' actually came from Australia, and was adapted so it would make sense to northern hemisphere folk. For your education, I give you the original Jingle Bells, unaltered and unadulterated:

Dashing through the bush,
in a rusty Holden Ute,
Kicking up the dust,
esky in the boot,
Kelpie by my side,
singing Christmas songs,
It's Summer time and I am in
my singlet, shorts and thongs
Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Christmas in Australia on a scorching summers day, Hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is beaut !,
Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden Ute.
Engine's getting hot;
we dodge the kangaroos,
The swaggie climbs aboard,
he is welcome too.
All the family's there,
sitting by the pool,
Christmas Day the Aussie way,
by the barbecue.
Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Christmas in Australia on a scorching summers day, Hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is beaut!,
Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden Ute.
Come the afternoon,
Grandpa has a doze,
The kids and Uncle Bruce,
are swimming in their clothes.
The time comes 'round to go,
we take the family snap,
Pack the car and all shoot through,
before the washing up.
Oh! Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Christmas in Australia on a scorching summers day, Hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Christmas time is beaut!,
Oh what fun it is to ride in a rusty Holden Ute

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