Happy New Year and another Go.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and hoping the New Year brings you health, happiness and the world the wisdom to bring peace to all.

I started the 2022 with plans to return to my blog and catch up with all the friends I have made on this platform. It happened but it did not last. Will 2023 be any different? I don’t know but again I am going to try.

Roger is taking a form of chemo at the moment that leaves him very fatigued but as it is in tablet form it means we have the opportunity to travel. I plan on recording these journeys here. It will seeem as though we are doing trips in quick succession but we really don’t have a choice. When this treatment fails it will be back to twice weekly infusions and we will not be able to move far from a hospital.

It is good for me these trips as I lose the internet. It means that I become more focussed on the world around me rather than what happens up there in the cloud. I have taken on being the photography tutor at U3A in 2023 for which I have to do a lot of research. If you have any tips please feel free to let me know. I am President of our Toastmasters group also which takes a bit of time but is immensely satisfying.

I’d love to know if you have plans for the coming year and I look forward to catching up.

Catch you in the New Year.

MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy New Year.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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12 Responses to Happy New Year and another Go.

  1. Merry Christmas Irene. You really just have to take each day as it comes now. I hope that 2023 will be a better year for you. I’m hoping for more travel in the coming year. I’ve not been away from home overnight for three years so I really want to do that. First trip will be a short one to Hobart for the Wooden Boat Festival in February.

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  2. Happy Christmas, Irene. Wishing you and Roger the best for 2023. Your plans sound good.

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  3. Cee Neuner says:

    Irene, it was good to hear from you. I know the past year was real hard on you and Roger. It will be nice to see you back, even if it is just every now and again. You always bring so much calmness and joy to the blogging world. Wishing you and Roger and a wonderful holiday season. 😀 😀 Hugs from Chris and I.

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  4. I am so glad to have this update. I hope you and Roger are able to travel and that you enjoy yourselves in 2023. Do what you want here as you can. I’d say you have your priorities straight.

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  5. noelleg44 says:

    Happy New Year, Irene. I hope Roger’s treatments go well. You are indeed busy. When you have time, do blog about your travels. We are enjoying being grandparents, since we now have both a grandson and a granddaughter. They entertain us and keep us on our toes! And busy!

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    • How wonderful Noelle to have the two grand children. Do they live close by? Hope you are happy where you moved to. Will catch up with you this year for sure. Happy New Year – hope it is good to you and your family. Love to all of you


      • noelleg44 says:

        Looking forward to catching up, but will wait until your travel adventure is over! One grand lives about 2 miles away. The other is in Utah. 😦 Safe travels and blessings for the new year.


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