the past few years, I have always had a family 'real' Aussie BBQ ~ lamb, sausages.. pavlova and lamingtons washed down with beer, if you are a beer drinker.
our family dynamics have changed the past year ~ Caine moving away has left a void in our family group so Louisa my eldest daughter decided to have the family get together this year. to keep the family memory making continuing..
I took a pasta salad made by me with all home grown vegies from my garden ~grape tomatoes, zucchini, fresh beans, garlic & capsicum all slow roasted in Australian Olive oil..then tossed with balsamic, brown sugar and another drizzle of oil.
our Australia Day gathering was small.. but son in law Garth did us proud.. cooking in the high temps outside on the BBQ.. . it is going to take a little while for our family unit to settle into it's new niche.. but we are determined not to allow the sadness of the past year affect our gorgeous family! keeping joy in our lives in these little ways and creating memories for our delightful grandsons.
and later this evening we all went to Echo Point to sit and watch the sun set ~ kids ran around, parents sat chatting.. families picnicking.. tourists taking photos...all of this happened as the magnificent summer sun dropped behind the mountain..... yes, we are indeed the Lucky country.