First, though, I'd like to share photos of a wonderful gingerbread Christmas Village I saw at Adelaide Airport, on my way from Darwin to Sydney.
Isn't it wonderful? All the buildings are made of gingerbread, the snow and trees are made of icing, and the characters are icing or marzipan.
I don't know why I didn't photograph the sign at the front fully - all I can read is 'Welcome to our Gingerbread Village. Fun Facts.'
As it was in an airport, there are planes as well as railway tracks and chair lifts .... and despite all the snow, it looks as if the pond is not completely frozen!
I overheard a small boy saying to his mother, "Look! There are minions!" I was impressed that he knew the word - but my sister tells me that there is a movie with characters called minions, and indeed that's what those yellow creatures are .... there are probably other characters from recent kids' movies and TV shows that I don't recognise either.
The village has a school - and of course, Santa's Toy Factory!
The other side of the village - the sign here says who made this display:
Students and staff from TAFE SA. For those outside Australia, TAFE stands for 'Technical and Further Education', and it's a country-wide institution that offers vocational training in many areas, as well as high school courses for those who didn't finish school, and many other courses. Its funding is being cut by governments at the moment - I thought that this display, as well as giving enjoyment to passengers travelling through Adelaide airport, might be aiming to make the work of TAFE more visible, and gain public support.
Aren't the roof decorations pretty?
One of the trains runs into the tunnel through the mountain ...
The other enters the mountain in the other direction, on the lower track.
The top one has come out the other side - it's carrying lollies (sweets, candy ...)
The other train has lots of animal passengers.
I expect that the village has been taken down by now, as it's after Christmas and New Year (and would seem rather surreal to see this, when there are now bushfires destroying properties in the hills surrounding Adelaide). I wonder what happened to all the gingerbread houses and sugar characters - perhaps the students and staff took them home, or perhaps they were given away?
I hope you've enjoyed a peaceful, happy and healthy festive season - or survived it, if it's a difficult time of year for you. I hope you stay safe in this new year, wherever you are!