Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Seasonal Certainties End with NY's Resolve

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Seasonal Certainties End with NY's Resolve

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You know something is not quite right about summer when the mango juice is dribbling down your chin a on to the extra jumper you are wearing to ward off the cold.

Or when watching England smash us in a Test match is preferable to taking a dip in the back yard pool.

This has in many ways been a summer of surprises across Queensland (if asurprisea is a suitable descriptor for watching your town flood and your car sink beneath raging torrents) but at least in my household, some seasonal certainties stayed as true as death and taxes.

Firstly, my mother made the world's best plum pudding. Don't bother writing, ladies of the CWA; I will brook no argument in this regard.

Plump, moist, rich and complete with the traditional pennies and other coinage of the pre-1966 era, it is a family favourite. And true to my mother's partiality for one of her children over the other four, she makes sure my brother is the sole recipient of the booty. Even goes so far as to pull coins out of all the slices as she carves the pudding, and then poke them into my brother's piece. She calls it random good luck.

We call it a Christmas miracle that in all these years, my brother has not choked on one of these maternal love tokens.

Another certainty on which you could bet your house is that come December 26, the tree will come down, along with the curtains, blinds and entire contents of the linen closet as I embark on my annual spring clean ritual.

Cynical journalist I may be, but the same persistent superstition which compels me to wear red underwear at important interviews and only buy even-numbered pieces of fruit also insists that a new year not begin until my abode is completely ship-shape.

To that end, I spend my post-Christmas days not at the shops snapping up bargains, but scouring ovens, shampooing carpets, and de-fleaing the dog. …

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