With Covid19 still plagueing the world but not – lucky us – anywhere near Tamborine Mountain the Caponians celebrated Christmas with the usual dinner and entertainment. Both were scaled down compared with previous years and so was the number of diners but we still had a good time.

Some new faces and some gone from us forever – this was Bob’s and my tenth Capo dinner but alas we couldn’t celebrate this anniversary together because Bob is no longer able to participate. At least we can still enjoy life in this lovely little community even though we are not as young and lively as we once were – and nor are our closest friends here! I still miss Maureen and Patrick and Wal and Val and Carol and Paul and Rosie (who gave us such sumptuous Christmas feasts in the past) and others who have moved on. And dear Bill Raggatt who, sadly, moved on for good just a few months back. Luckily Fran is still here to cheer us up!

But as some leave, so others come to replace them and the community continues to thrive, with plenty of kindness and mutual support.

No little pantomime this year but instead a skit, directed and written as usual by Bernice (and modified when we felt like it by the rest of us!). Our subject was food allergies and we had a go at them all – gluten, lactose, shellfish, veganism! Myself, Bernice, Gretel, Renee and Delle had a cheerful go at our friends and neighbours, all to the tune of “Rudolph” and accompanied by Ellie on the piano. Even our hired chef had a small role – which he performed with gusto because he can’t bear fussy eaters!

In between helping out as a waitress and performing in the skit I managed to grab a few photos – though not many. If anyone else sends me some I’ll add them to this post. In the meantime – for those who were there and those who wished they could have been – here they are: (I did put in captions but not too sure where they are!!!!!)

Good to spend some time with Dale again; like all of us he’s had an up-and-down-year, enduring both chemotherapy and a hip replacement. And he’s come through both with flying colours.

About Tamborine Dreamer

I am a horticulturist, writer and photographer who lives on Tamborine Mountain, one of the world's beautiful places to live with plenty of sunshine, good rainfall, moderate temperatures, lush rainforest, splendid views of both the ocean to the east and the mountains to the west. I love writing about the place in which I live, in all its moods and seasons. Besides gardening I love good literature and poetry, bushwalking, birdwatching, history, Japanese language and culture, and music of several kinds.
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