Wednesday, December 24, 2014

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

We celebrated Christmas Eve with a delicious roast dinner. Peter did the meat, I mashed the potatoes and Sam made the gravy. It all turned out great! 
It still doesn't feel like tomorrow is Christmas, partly because we spent the evening at St. Kilda Beach watching the sunset and looking for penguins in the rocks (not exactly our usual Christmas Eve activities). Here are some pictures from the night:
The boats at St. Kilda Pier with the city in the background. 
We happened to catch one of the best sunsets I've ever seen. 
Is this real life...
Cute little penguin!

Right after dark, the penguins started swimming in and making their way onto the rocks. Apparently they go out for a day or two at a time to collect food and bring it back to their nests. One of the volunteers said there were over 1,200 penguins in this little stretch of rocks at the end of the pier, which I thought was a pretty impressive colony. 
It's hard to see this little guy, but the volunteers shined red lights on the penguins in order to spot them more easily. You aren't allowed to take flash photos/use flashlights as the penguins can become disoriented from the white light.
Another pretty grainy picture, but you get the idea. 
Merry Christmas Eve from Melbourne! 


  1. And Merry Christmas to you also.

  2. We just did a beach Christmas also. It felt SO weird, but we really enjoyed it. I could get use to playing in the waves on Christmas instead of being cold.



Welcome! I started Laura and Peter Down Under in July 2014 when my husband and I moved from the States to Melbourne, Australia for his job. I blog about expat life, our travels, food, and whatever else comes to mind. Follow along on our adventures Down Under!



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