It’s that time of the year again – the inevitable over-indulgence of food and alcohol, coupled with visiting family and friends, summer sunburn (or the winter freezes for my Northern hemisphere friends) and the kids on school holidays. Rrgh. It’s enough to drive you a little crazy from too many people, or feel the twinge of loneliness.
Christmas is all about sharing the little things that make life great. Stopping to smell the roses, or play in the snow. Find beauty in the natural world around you, tell your loved ones how you feel and embrace the new friendships that come your way, while accepting that some will fade away.
This year has been long and sometimes hard. It has also been busy and loads of fun. I took my first trip overseas – on my own and survived! I made new friends on both sides of the globe and learnt so much about myself.
My eldest son turned 18 – how to make you feel old in one fell swoop – already has two vehicles to his name and is getting ready to start full-time work. I am incredibly proud of my three boys and the wonderful young men they have grown into. As parents, you figure you must have done something right when your teenagers still want to talk to you. I think the man and I are on the right track.
I want to thank everyone who have visited any of my 5 blogs whether it was a single stop or was repeated (over and over – thank you to those who are in this category.Without you, who knows where I might be?).
And still, after nearly 4 years, I get excited when that little box up there goes orange and tells me you have called in ~insert happy dance, and grins here~
Before I leave you with some piccies, I want to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and a new year full of the good stuff.
reminiscent of much loved childhood memories
dog is sad also that the year is coming to an end
Thank you! Jennifer 😀
Last Saturday was one of those days. On the go. And not necessarily because of Christmas, that didn’t help with the parking or shopping we had to do of course, but it was a beautiful day so you couldn’t help but feel happy. A real summer’s day (pity it didn’t last and it has rained half of this week).
We have passed but not stopped at the Shot Tower several times since being back in the state so this was our first stop of the day. At 48m (not 480m) it is high enough to get the nerves going but I seem to have gotten over this particular height, and has a fascinating history. You can check that out here. And more pictures here.
Sunny and warm maybe, but at the top it was windy enough to need to hold your hats. Or my dress as the case may be. The man decided he would snavel my camera and get a few pictures of me. I’d really like some more shots, boots and all. One day.
Looking NE with Hobart around the corner to the left.
Once back home and after several wardrobe changes it was back to ‘the pub’ for a surprise-that-was-no-longer-a-surprise dinner. In and around the conversation I got pictures, drank bubbly, more pictures, food, bubbly… you get it.
I was asked if I was going to blog about it, “well, duh. I don’t do names, or faces, you are simply ‘my friends who need no excuse to get together and have a good time’ unless you want your faces shown…?”
Oh no. They’re not really that shy. You can hear us down the street when we really get going.
As usual a great time was had by all, and I’m sure there will be more to come in the new year.
Yep, that’s right. Today, Saturday, is the celebration of my entry into this world some 41 years ago. Right about now I’m feeling every second of it after starting a new exercise regime and finding muscles I’d forgotten existed.
Most of us celebrate birthdays with parties, pampering, crazy life-and-death activities, over indulgence of some kind, spending it with loved ones.
What should I do? What am I going to do?
Well the man is back at work and knowing this would be the case we had a little celebration while he was home – combining it with an early anniversary present. Staying at the hotel we spent our wedding night, and simply chilling with quality us time – no kids anywhere.
It’s going to be pretty low key until later this afternoon. Some baking, go for my daily run and then get ready for a night with the girls.
I have a group of the most amazing friends here, no matter the combination of who’s there we always have a great time. And it usually means there is an over abundance of alcohol partaken. We need no excuse to get together – birthdays, not-saying-goodbye’s, weddings, just because really.
So celebrate with me in whatever way you please, have a great weekend
After a couple of busy days with family and friends, hubby and I took a walk this morning which culminated in this delicious 11am feast with coffee.
Have a good day, see you next week.
The ‘locals’ table. A gaggle of geese most definitely.
Simple but elegant table display of menu and name tags.
The best macaroons ever!
I sit here, on an overcast Sunday morning, working my way through the second cup of the day (the first was inhaled, and serves as a quick pep-up more than anything, it’s subsequent ones that hit the sides) a plate of egg and bacon, and a slightly sore head.
No I wasn’t ‘sma-aaa-sh’t’ ad my kids put it, but I had a few and am feeling the effects.
Yesterday was the wedding of a beautiful new friend, at her house, ‘party in a paddock’ as the invite said. And it was fantastic.
Amazing set-up – tents that felt like houses, and a a rustic, country, but classy atmosphere.
And a great band – playing all the right things to dance to.
Initially I had the thought of snapping off some discreet pictures – nothing that showed too much – and posting about it. But once there, sure I took a couple, but it was all so much better than a party for taking group selfies, and arty shots of food and surroundings.
So I settled back, enjoyed the moment, and had a brilliant night.
Some of us met the groom for the first time, and most of us heard their story for the time – they’ve known each other (on and off) for 20 years but it’s only been the last couple of years that they got their act together. And what a couple they make. Along with her two boys, a beautiful family.
The afternoon started around 3 with afternoon tea and drinks, the ceremony, more mingling, canapés and mingling at the main tent and surrounds, then dinner, speeches and dessert. Finishing with dancing for those that wanted, or mingling around the heaters, lounging on the couches in the the tents until the buses arrived to start the homeward delivery service.
I had a great night with my friends but with one downfall. Hubby was at work. So to some, he is still the great invisible husband.
Have a great weekend,
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