MERRY CHRISTMAS 2016

One more picture from Oregon, where the weather is more Christmassy than it is in Melbourne.
One more picture from Oregon, where the weather was more Christmassy than it is in Melbourne.

The calendar says ‘tis the season in Melbourne, but the thermometer takes issue. How can it be Christmas when the temperature pushes upward towards 100 degrees Fahrenheit and the natives roam the streets in shorts and t-shirts?

Melbourne balloons at sunrise. This is a Christmas sky here--beautiful in its own way, even if not white.
Melbourne balloons at sunrise. This is a Christmas sky here–beautiful in its own way, even if not white.

This is clearly no place for a bearded fat man in a red wool suit and boots. And in secular Australia, there’s little evidence of the original “reason for the season” in the music in the stores and the commercials on the TV.

But—lest I sound too bah-humbugish—I hasten to add there is a certain spirit in the air, a general lifting of the mood, a willingness to make these few days different from the ordinary. It feels good to focus on giving rather than getting, on gratitude in place of our usual grumbling, on expressing love instead of taking our loved ones for granted.

One woman prisoner found release in her faith-inspired cell wall art
One woman prisoner in Dublin’s Kilmainham Gaol (Jail) found release in her faith-inspired cell wall art

 

 

There’s something a babe in a manger can accomplish that all the blustering power-brokers of this world just can’t pull off. So like shepherds in adoration we marvel that one time “unto us was born in the city of David a savior…”

 

Joy and I got back to Melbourne in time for the holidays with Candy and Michael and family. We left Tillamook Sunday afternoon December 18 after the brief graveside service for JoAnn Widmer, who died shortly after midnight on Friday. One of our best Christmas gifts this year was the time we spent with JoAnn and George and their family, as I reported in the last post. There we experienced family and community life at its best. The memories will stay with us as long as we have a mind to remember with.

Our Oregon Interlude is over. We now pick up the thread of our Next Phase, which will keep us in Australia into January.

As our Christmas greeting to you here are a few of the pictures Joy took along the way which we couldn’t include in earlier lawsonsontheloose.net posts.  This is really a two-part post; her pictorial retrospective needs more than the space available in this one. The first post in 2017 will feature many others.

 

   OUR “NEXT PHASE” THROUGH THE LENS

Our 1st stop in Oregon at Oregon’s # 1 attraction
Our first stop in Oregon in May was at Oregon’s  #1 tourist attraction.
TILLAMOOK GARDEN ART
TILLAMOOK GARDEN ART
TILLAMOOK SPRING WATER
TILLAMOOK SPRING WATER
TILLAMOOK SPRING RESERVOIR
TILLAMOOK SPRING RESERVOIR UP THE MOUNTAIN BEHIND THE HOME OF GRETCHEN and BRAD JACOB, OUR SELFLESS HOSTS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TILLAMOOK FENCE LINE
TILLAMOOK FENCE             LINE (Can you tell Joy likes my home town?)
tillamook-dalia
TILLAMOOK DALIA
TILLAMOOK VALLEY SUNSET
TILLAMOOK VALLEY SUNSET
paml-tree-fireworks
4TH OF JULY IN TILLAMOOK
Oregon’s natural composition
NATURAL COMPOSITION** WINEMA OREGON
JOY’S BITE OF THE APPLE
Which is better–Apple’s apple or Joy’s?

 

MEXICO

Man & His Dog Go to Church
MAN AND HIS DOG ATTEND CHURCH IN SAN MIGUEL
ETHNIC JESUS IN MEXICO CITY CATHEDRAL
ETHNIC JESUS IN MEXICO CITY CATHEDRAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PINK LADIES IN A SAN MIGUEL PARK
PINK LADIES IN SAN MIGUEL de ALLENDE PARK
AIN’T SHE A BEAUTY
COLORFUL SAN MIGUEL de ALLENDE
I WONDER WHO LIVES HERE?
I WONDER WHO LIVES HERE?
Mountain in the sky
MOUNTAIN IN THE CLOUDS NEAR MEXICO CITY
Peace in the evening sky
SAN MIGUEL STEEPLES IN THE SUNSET

 

LAKE DISRICT ENGLAND

Good advice for travelers anywhere!
Good advice for travelers anywhere!
Welcome Comes in Many Languages
WELCOME COMES IN MANY LANGUAGES–this one is from the Lake District in England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OH! The Touch of a River
OH! A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT–another favorite English scene
While in Armenia, mother (Joy) and sister (Candy) lit a remembrance calendar for Lane. It seems somehow appropriate during this Christmas season.
WHILE IN ARMENIA, MOTHER (JOY) AND SISTER (CANDY) LIT A REMEMBERENCE CANDLE FOR LANE. It seems somehow appropriate during this Christmas season.

May your holidays be blessed and your new year be bright indeed.   Roy and Joy

8 thoughts on “MERRY CHRISTMAS 2016”

  1. merry christmas to you. since you have no permanent address you were spared seeing our annual grandchild photo. i can sum it up for you…they are beautiful little characters! i know i could post it on line, but i don’t remember how (don’t laugh!).
    recovering from 3 disks removed from my neck…could take a yr. before i know if i get full use of my right hand back. (if i don’t it is liveable…but miss playing hymns for our traditional service.) would appreciate prayer for that.hopefully in two mo. a right knee replacement. arthritis is taking over! sympathy to you at the loss of your friend. warms my heart to see the way you interupted your trip to spend time with her in her last days. what a blessing to her (and to you).

    1. I was so glad to receive your latest comments on our blog. You hadn’t sent in anything for many weeks, and I was afraid we’d lost touch. Then when I read your comments I fully understood. Typing must be no fun! So sorry to learn that “arthritis is taking over.” I have had troubles with mine since my E. 38th Street days, but it hasn’t advanced to the degree that yours has. You have my sympathy, believe me. We can give thanks we live in this medically advanced age, but they haven’t discovered the cure for arthritis yet. I appreciated your candor regarding what’s happening to you.

  2. Merry Christmas Roy and Joy. I love your blog! The photography is wonderful (and the writing is pretty good, too)! I got some of the blanks filled in by Mike Prior. I’m jealous of your adventures, wish I could tag along. 🙂

  3. I spent Christmas in Austin TX — temp in the upper 70s, cousins in shorts and flip flops. Not quite Melbourne but pretty similar in the climate outcome. Enjoying your blog; God’s best to you and Joy in the coming year (and hello to Candy).

  4. There is just no wy to tell you how very much I have enjoyed reading of your travels (and getting excited when you wrote about tjhe few places I’ve been) I do, fergive me lord, continue to envy you!! Sending a wish that 2017 will bring good heslth and safe travel to more wonderful places you can share through your blog. I, for one, can’t wait!

  5. fun riding with you, but a bit dangerous. Had two special missions to Australia when in the Air Force. Loved the country and the people–not as up-to-date as it is now. May 2017 be your most blessed, gracious, peaceful, and joyful year you’ve ever had. Knofel

  6. Thanks so much for your Christmas greetings, your Happy New Year’s wishes, your delightful tale of driving in Melbourne, and Joy’s wonderful photos. The lighted candles in Armenia in remembrance of Lane are deeply touching. He will always be with us.

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