After a flurry of phone calls from the boys over the weekend (all rather too well co-ordinated Mr. Suspicious MOTH reckons!), I've had to hang the No Vacancy sign up over The Hedge for the Christmas week. It now appears that we'll have the pleasure of entertaining Sons #2 & #3 & their girlfriends from Melbourne over Christmas. With only one renovated Guest Room & of more concern, only the teeny-tiny grotty En-Suite Bathroom (no don't even ask!!) for all 6 of us, things are going to get very cosy! MOTH said with 3 sets of GHD hair straighteners on the go in there all running off the one dodgey power point, he'll be stationed permanently outside at the fuse box!
Along with Sons #4 & #5 making the trek up the Freeway with their girlfriends & puppie Tazzie, it will be almost a full complement of offspring for the big day. Son #1 promised his girlfriend to do Christmas with her family in country Victoria this year, so he'll be missed around the table. It's been many years since we've lucked in with this many of them all in one Festive hit. This year I'm working right up to Christmas Eve, & as usual, MOTH will be pulling into the driveway around midnight every day that week. And as it's taking me 4 times longer than normal to do anything, including negotiating the challenging & somewhat precarious slope of Stirling's main shopping street, I think my patience will be sorely tested this year. While I'll do my best, I think this Christmas will be a slightly toned-down version of previous extravaganza's thanks to a certain decision made to take the stairs instead of the elevator!