Monday, June 25, 2012


Hi Everyone,
With only now five days to go till the opening of 'Christmas in July' 
at Fountaindale Grand Manor here in the Southern Highlands of NSW in Australia
I thought I would quickly say hi and apologise for being away from my blog for
so long.  It's 2am in the morning and I am sitting checking of my list of 
last minute things to do.  As many of you may know, for the last eight months
I have been working on this enormous'' and wonderful event here in the Highlands in this
historic hotel as the Creative Director of 'Christmas in July'.  This event goes for the whole month of July ..........  We are right in the middle of winter here in Australia 
and Robertson is certainly very cold at the moment and the locals
are saying that we may get snow soon.

Christmas in July – Was designed originally to mimic the 
northern countries when Christmas falls in winter, 
(as we here in Australia celebrate Christmas  in Summer)
 In Australia this is fast becoming a very popular celebration in July
and Fountaindale has had guests coming for Christmas lunches and dinners
for well over 30 years.  However, this year it's a little different to way 
it's always been celebrated.  Last October I was asked by the owners
to create a Winter Wonderland and all things magical for all ages.

I can't show you quite yet all my decorations 
or the festive elements and everything that we have done 
until after the opening on Friday night.  
But, I can say, we have a beautiful large out door ice rink set in the historic gardens.
There are decorations everywhere that we have been making in our
workshop and studio for the last five months.  There is an amazing 
miniature train layout that my son Thomas has created... I can't wait to show it to you!
There are incredible hand made gingerbread and sugar cottages made
by a very talented group of local cake artists on display.

There are beautiful old fashioned toys everywhere.  The three dining rooms are 
dressed up, all tables set and ready for the arrival of thousands and thousands of guests over the month.
There are amazing lights and decorations everywhere throughout the building 
that have been installed over the last week.  The first floor of this three story 1920's building
is to be a floor of shopping and art and we already have a few shops set up.. the 
rest of the shops are arriving to set up over the next couple of days.

There are robots and a space ship arriving
this week for the garden straight from the Farquhar's furniture workshop ..oops toy Farquhars toy shop. 
Andrew's workshop has literally turned into a Christmas and toy workshop.  

 I have a very special display to set up
in the next two days on the front lawn and I can't wait to see it complete as
at the moment it's in all my head and on paper.   

We are all very tired and everyone is working
so hard to complete everything in the next couple of days.  I have been living 
here on site now for the last week and will up until it is ready on Friday.  My room
is on the top floor so I am burning lots of calories running up and down the stairs
hundreds of times a day.. which is a great thing!.  
The view from my room (below) is breathtaking and I just heard a country train going past outside. 
 I really should be asleep, but I have 
too many things to do.  But, I just wanted to say hi and say thank you to all for 
dropping by and leaving such wonderful, amazing comments and wishes for
me this last week, especially on my Facebook page.  I was overwhelmed by your kindness and
I have never in my entire had so many emails in my inbox.  

Sending love to everyone .....
You may not hear from me again this week until I get this event 
open and then I really look forward to sharing everything with you.
xxx Coty



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