Welcome and come on in. Pull up a chair and I’ll put a brew on. Tea? Coffee? Who would believe that this is the last weekend we’ll be having coffee in 2018. Next week we’ll be pulling up our chairs in 2019. This year has flown and we have done a lot and if we were having coffee I’d be looking back on the year. Reflecting as you do as the New Year dawns.
In February we had a visit from our godchildren and their parents and went for a trip to Australia Zoo. That is the one where Steve Irwin (dec) and his family have their animals. Although it is a bit like a religious experience going to this zoo and Steve Irwin is an almost godlike figure they do a lot of good work saving the animals and returning them to their native habitat.
Shortly after their visit we cruised to New Guinea which gave us memories into our time spent on Tanna although parts were sublimely beautiful.
Then in May we celebrated my mother’s 90th birthday. A couple of her old friends from Sydney came to Noosa to celebrate with us and that was the best birthday present my Mum got.
Roger’s best friend Bundy died at 15 years
and when I was in Sydney and the Blue Mountains in June
Roger found a house for us to move to.
Before moving in we changed the kitchen from blue to white
had a new floor put down, painted the entire house inside ourselves
and had the pool resurfaced. We moved in on the 21st September and Marley came to live with us on the 22nd September.
In November we headed to Egypt. Having said I felt perfectly safe whilst we were there the bombing this week that left two tourists dead has made me feel very sad. Egypt, I still maintain, is no more dangerous to visit than Paris, London and the United States but when something happens in Egypt tourism seems to drop off whereas when it happens in the other places there seems to be a banding together with everyone saying we will not change our lifestyle and let these terrorists win in that way.
On our return from Egypt I found my book Nightmare in Paradise had been published.
Now we have family from Switzerland and Germany staying with us making us eight in all. Just wonderful. Of course in between these events we lived our life – I became President of Noosa Toastmasters, I did the final edits on my book, I read and blogged and frequently visited my Mum. As I look back over the year I can understand how I became overwhelmed and had to stop blogging for a few months.
I’d love to know how you spent the last year. Your favourite book of the year. Your favourite film? I saw Bohemian Rhapsody with my brother yesterday and it moved me to tears. Of course I knew all the music and I thing they told the story in a very considerate way. I didn’t need to see the debauchery Freddie Mercury got up to to know that his lifestyle had hit rock bottom (which was one of the critic’s comments. If you haven’t seen it – go.
I wish you a Very Happy and Safe New Year and I hope the year allows you to follow your dreams. See you Next Year for a cup of coffee. Thanks for dropping by this year and thank you to EclecticAli for hosting our weekend Coffee Shares.