Christmas at Grandma’s Beach House AND Christmas at Grandad’s Farm

This is the wonderful Red Door Books in Lancefield where I shared both my Christmas books this morning.

We sang and read, then read and sang again. A fine activity for a sunny Saturday morning. 
On the way home we took the short cut. Except for the bit where the bitumen ran out. That bit wasn’t the short cut. But we did see parts of outer outer Melbourne that we’ve never seen before …

My Name is Lizzie Flynn builds a new quilt

Today I was in a wonderful primary school in the west of Melbourne, visiting Yr 2 and Yr 3 children.
As well as talking about the writing of the book, a student dressed in apron and bonnet and we talked about the things that were different in 1841.

And then they made their own ‘patches’ for a classroom quilt. It was fabulous to see the creativity and the different patterns they developed. The second group had less time (because we – okay I – lost track of time) but they were well on the way to creating their own images.

It was a lovely, very new school (only six years old) but was filled with enthusiastic students and wonderful teachers.

Sunshine-y day

First stop, Dymocks where I read books to a small but enthusiastic group of children, happy to sing along with me (and not comment on whether or not I was in tune!)

Then I ran into my parents who didn’t know I was going to be in the area. Mum told me that both Christmas books were in the Big W catalogue so we wandered in to see them. As I was straightening the piles (of course), two women looked at me curiously and I confessed I’d written them. Lovely ladies, they were excited to meet an author and each bought a book for grandchildren. While they were chatting, another lady overheard our conversation and bought two, then another man – ‘new to Australia’ he told me – bought one of each!

Then Mum and Dad bought me lunch. Some days are just sunshine. 

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

I’ve been launching ‘Christmas at Grandma’s Beach House’, firstly at Wedderburn College, with Yr 2 and their wonderful teacher, Mrs Mac

, who prepared the setting for the launch. She also prepared her students for the first student-sung rendition of ‘Christmas at Grandma’s Beach House’, complete with actions. Stay tuned for the Youtube link!

And they wrote me letters, asking questions and telling me about themselves 

Then it was time for the Melbourne launch at Tucker Rd PS, and their wonderful librarian Robin.

In between, there was another little launch, attended by half of Melbourne! This ‘little’ launch was for the Myer Christmas Windows. This year, the window display was based on ‘Little Dog and the Christmas Wish’, written by Corinne Fenton, illustrated by Robin Cowcher and published by Black Dog Books.

It was fabulous to be in the crowd to celebrate the big reveal. Congratulations to Corinne, Robin, Maryann, John and all the Stage One crew. And if you look closely, you’ll find Corinne is represented in the Block Arcade window. Who else can you find?

If you were feeling a bit like making some Christmas noise, head on down to NGV foyer where music is just waiting to be made.

I planned to get to the Hermitage exhibition much earlier in the season, but only just made it. The advantage was there was no queue to get in. Next time I’m invited to tea, I’d like to see this tea service in use. What are my chances?
This display of rings, brooches and hat pins was so beautiful. Delicate and gorgeous.