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Sunday 20 Dec 2009
Swan Valley, Australia

Carols by Candlelight

We packed a picnic and Genie, Tony and I headed to Sandalford Wineries in Swan Valley for an evening under the stars.  We arrived about 5pm to get a decent spot on the grass with a good view of the stage.  The evening cost only a $2.00 coin donation (to help offset the expense of the evening).  They also handed out candles to everyone when you arrived.

It was quite hot still at 5pm but we opened a couple of mini umbrellas to keep the sun off our backs until it fell below the tree line.  We shared a couple of bottles of champagne while the area filled with people (estimated 10,000). 

They had a well planned program - songs, speakers and of course Santa who handed out lollies to all the kids !  Everyone sang aIong to the Christmas Carols (some I was familiar with and several that I'd never heard before).  At the end they had a wonderful fireworks display over the lake.

An enjoyable evening was had by all !


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