Bill & Peg's Christmas Lane Lights Display - 2016 - Lobethal, S.A., Australia

Bill & Peg's Christmas Down Under, 5 Christmas Lane, Lobethal, SA, Australia
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Photos of our 2016 Display

Christmas is the Time of Year When Heaven Touches Earth (Anon.)
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5 Christmas Lane, Lobethal, SA, Australia


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Peg & Bill's Christmas Lane Display 2016
(Photo © Bill Chartres, 2016)

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We began to setup our 2016 display during the first week of October believing that we had allowed ourselves plenty of time, however, despite devoting all of our available time to the project we found that the last two weeks (prior to the "Official Lights On" on December 11th) was quite a rush.

From the beginning of October until December 11th it rained on 24 days and we had a couple of days of high temperatures. On the rainy days we concentrated on checking the lights and other display items to ensure that everything was ready when the rain stopped, or did our shopping and other jobs that needed to be done.

By "Lights On" the display was ready but, during the early hours of 28th December, there was a severe storm with very strong winds and we received over 100mm of rain in about 4 hours causing damage to our display, as well as a power outage which lasted for 14 hours, luckily it was restored in time for the evenings display.

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The evening before the storm we were enjoying the reflections in the rain!


The Nativity Scene before the storm Reflections in the rain
(Photos of our Nativity Scene before and after the storm. Photos © Bill Chartres, 2016)
The morning following the storm we packed up the damaged items,
checked the display for water damage and had the rest of the display ready in time
for that evenings display.

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Photos of our yard displays.

Our yard display covers our whole front yard and took 9 weeks to set up.
First Peg prepared the garden itself, then she set out the display, and our sons put up the roof display.
I help where I can, however, due to my health, my input is limited.

When we began our display, in the1980's, yard displays were not available, so we made our own, Peg sketched the characters so I could cut them out and then she painted them.


Photo - Wooden cut-out are a feature of the display

Wooden cut-outs are a feature of our display.

(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)

Disney Scene

Our Disney Scene
was one of the first displays that we made...
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)

Disney Scene

... it has always been a favourite with our visitors.

(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)


Nativity
Our Nativity Scene is a special piece to
remind us all what Christmas is really about.
Peg spent many hours painting it
giving special attention to the detail.
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)

Wooden Sleigh

The wooden sleigh and reindeer, which I made,
has been a feature of our display for over 20 years.

(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)

Wooden Cut-outs

There are many old wooden cut-outs throughout
our display, some are up to 25 years old.

(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)


Noel sign
Noël is French for Christmas,...

(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)

Reflections in the rain
...and, since our surname is of French origin,...

(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)

Noel sign
...we decided to add a French touch to our display.
Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas)

(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)


Our Australiana Scene
Our Australiana Scene is one of our newest...
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)

Our Australiana Scene
...creations, it is only 3 years old...
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)

Our Australiana Scene
...and is situated near the entrance to our display.
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)



Santa
Our Singing, Dancing Santa greats our visitors...
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)

Santa
...as they walk along our verandah,...
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)

Santa
...he has been a favourite for many years.
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)



Santa's helicopter
Santa's helicopter has also...
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)

Santa's helicopter
...been a favourite with our visitors...
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)

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...since we aquired it a few years ago.
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)


Santa
Santa pops up everywhere in our display, ...
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)

Santa hot-air balloon
... his hot air balloon was a new addition for 2016,...
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)

Santa sliegh
... he uses many methods of transport.
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)



Light features
Our display has a variety of features,...
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)

Goofy
... wooden cut-outs,...
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)

Our Display
... and lights.
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)



Our Garden
Our garden, which Peg designed,...
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)

Our Garden
... constructed and maintains,...
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)

Our Garden
... is often commented on by our many visitors.
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)



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Photos of our inside displays, 2016

which can be viewed through our windows

Our window displays have always been a favourite with our many visitors, they were inspired by Peg's childhood memories of John Martin's (a former large retail store in Adelaide) Christmas Display Windows .
It took Peg about 10 days to setup this year's display and one window's display had to be dismantled after "lights out" and setup again each evening to give us some living space during the day.
The displays are setup at a low level to ensure that small children can see them without having to be lifted up, and each display has a moving feature to capture the children's attention.
The windows contain many special features and it is amazing to hear the excitement as children (and adults) find a piece of special interest to them, and then they make a special effort to come and talk to us about what they have discovered in the displays, and tell us why it was special to them.


We often have people telling us that their parents had bought them to see our display as a child and how it has become a family tradition to bring their own children to see it each year, some with their parents making three generations enjoying the lights. They also say how they enjoy sharing their childhood memories of our displays and the lights with their own children. These random comments make us realise that the time and effort that it takes us to present the display is well worth the effort.


Our Window Display
Our windows have many interesting features,...

(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)

Our Window Display
... with moving displays that
attract the interest of the children,...
(Photo Bill Chartres 2016)

Our Window Display
... the trains are always popular.

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Our Window Display
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Our Window Display
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Our Window Display
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Our Window Display
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Our Window Display
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Our Window Display
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Our Window Display
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Our Window Display
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Our Window Display
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Our Window Display
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Our Window Display

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Our Window Display
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Our Window Display



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Photos of some of our Visitors, 2016


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Enjoy the Christmas Spirit throughout the year.
Come and visit our display for a wonderful Christmas experience,
or email us with your thoughts about our Web Site.
we would love to hear from you.
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Best Wishes, Bill & Peg
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Our original site was created in March 1988, and we moved to our own Domain in November 2014