|"#01", collage. photo ink & digital|
I had almost forgotten about boxing day!
This holiday is traditionally celebrated
the day following Christmas,
when servants & tradesmen would receive gifts,
known as a "Christmas box",
from their masters, employers or customers.
I decided to re-run parts of an earlier post from 2015.
I lived in Australia for four years & boxing day was a big event.
As you know, or don't know (or care?) ...
I was in boarding school age 8 - 11, see here.
At age 11, my Mother married Des,
a rather famous Australian race horse trainer.
He trained racehorses & steeplechase jumpers ...
that raced around the world.
Leaving Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in Pasadena, CA
We moved to Melbourne,
& I was enrolled at Kilbreda College,
a Brigidine Catholic Secondary School for Girls
|can you find me? The only one not looking at the camera! ;op|
in Mentone, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
A 30 minute train ride, to and from each day.
There were changes.
I learned to jump horses & ride dressage,
tennis and golf lessons were required.
And I loved Scottish dancing & ballet.
I thought I was "Belle of the Ballet", but, I wasn't.
Four years of my life ...
with so much "new" to learn and enjoy.
1 horse, 1 retired racehorse, 2 dogs, 1 cat, 1 cockatoo & 1 magpie!
Very different from boarding school.
Today, Boxing Day is their public holiday,
and I am remembering that time with a smile.