Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in pictures

29 12 2012

2012 – In Review

A year of grief, of reflection and realignment. It has been the longest year.  We started 2012 about a week after Beth’s funeral and her absence was felt every day of the year.  We changed our view on things, realising just how precious life is and how important it is to live a life of love, gratitude, simplicity and laughter.  Thanks to Beth we made changes that would never have happened without such a sharp wake up call and a call to life. She heads this gallery because she underpins it. She’s been with us and is still part of our lives every day. Following on, what would life be without watching a game of cricket? I got a new desk job in the city and we started eating fresh and healthy local produce. A slogan on a city window reminded me to savour the moment – a recurring theme for 2012. We said goodbye to our beautiful dog Jasper in March and we still miss her. I took up a martial art, something I’d wanted to do since childhood. Even though I was the oldest in class, I loved it. We challenged ourselves, got out of our ‘comfort rut’ and took a chopper ride, reminding us that life is bigger than what you see around you. We spent time with good people, and shed those who sucked the energy out of us. We visited great friends in Darwin and decided to change our lives and join them in the Northern Territory. We came home after four days and starting selling, packing, recycling, shedding and storing our goods ready for the move. On Boxing Day we said goodbye to our hometown, goodbye to our family and friends and made our way off on a new adventure. 2013 will be an interesting ride. We know now that we can do anything.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

28 12 2012

I have a wonderful aunt who lives on the other side of the world.  She is also my Godmother and I think we are joined by an invisible thread.  For my fortieth birthday, my beloved partner arranged a surprise and flew my lovely fairy godmother over to see me.  I had been quite ill leading up to my birthday and was recovering from a dose of the Swine Flu (yes! that’s right!).

My partner had been telling me for weeks that she’d left my present with someone special and they would bring it over for me.  Little did I know that they were at the airport waiting at the Arrivals gate.  When I was woken from a nap and ushered into the kitchen I didn’t have any idea what was happening. When I opened my eyes to see my ‘present’ I was gobsmacked and, for a little minute I actually wondered if everyone else could see her too.  What a lovely, lovely surprise.  It made my heart sing.

Surprise !!!

Surprise !!!

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