Thursday, 2 January 2014

The year ahead

Oh dear, time has flown. It's been over a month since I last posted. Christmas has come and gone and 2014 has begun. The start of a new year is always a time for reflection and anticipation for me (as it is for most people I suspect).

We have had an eventful time over the past month with some wonderful and not so wonderful things happening here.
After looking at numerous homes for sale on Bribie Island, we couldn't find one we really liked..... so we bought a block of land and we are building a house. It will take most of this year before it's completed so the plan is to have Missy's garden and our current home looking at it's peak so that when the time comes to sell it will be irresistible to potential buyers.

This is not the best photo, but can you boats adorned with Christmas lights?

 We spent a weekend at Bribie in December when they have their annual Christmas lights boat parade. About 50 decorated boats make their way through the canals while the houses along the canals (also lit with Christmas lights) host parties to cheer the boats as they pass.

I think I'll enjoy living where the whole community goes to so much effort to celebrate Christmas. Maybe next year John's boat will be in the parade as well.

John is recovering well from his surgery but, not to be outdone, I have been ill as well and had to have surgery of my own on the Friday before Christmas. I'm doing fine now though.

Consequently we had a fairly quiet Christmas with a couple of family members and some good friends joining us for the day.

The girls and John decorated the roof of our back deck with little birds and baubles.
They also set the Christmas tree up outside.

We spent the day feasting on seafood and salads, swimming, resting, drinking and generally relaxing.
A typical Australian Christmas Day.

2014 will be a busy year for us. It may seem we have quite a while until we have to sell the house and move but I'm sure the time will fly by. We currently have a large house on an acre of land with a 3 bay shed as well as a 2 car garage. Can you imaging how much "stuff" we have accumulated? Our new house will be much smaller so we will need to decide what things we wish to keep and which are to be disposed of. I foresee eBay and garage sales and donations to charities, and possibly quite a number of discussions over what goes and what stays.

The new house will need a new garden, so I plan to propagate as many plants as possible over the coming months. Many of the plants in Missy's Garden have been grown from cutting, division or seed so we will have a good start for the new garden. The challenge will be deciding which plants.

A busy but exciting year ahead for us. I hope we get everything done, and I hope 2014 will be a great year for you whatever you have planned.


  1. A busy year ahead indeed but so much to look forward to! Glad to hear you and John and feeling much better now and on the road to recovery. Wishing you all the best for 2014 and looking forward to reading your progress, on the road to a new home and garden!

  2. Your garden looks lovely, but I am sorry to hear that you have been unwell, as well as John. I will also be very sorry to lose my fellow Brisbane blogger, but Bribie isn't far and your new life sounds very exciting.

  3. Good news on purchasing the land for your new home on the lovely island....I hope it all goes well.
    To leave your treasured garden behind will be hard at first, but at least you can look forward to starting over again with a clean slate.
    Love the decorated boats for Christmas....seems like a nice community.
    Good health to you and John, and of course to Missy and the others.
    Wishing you all the best of everything for 2014.

  4. I've moved 17 times and know that big moves are never easy. But I always found it cathartic to clear away all the stuff we didn't need and condense our belongings. I am so sorry you and John have struggled with health problems. I'm glad you're on the mend. Having cuttings from your old garden will make the transition easier. Plants can be as comforting as people. Warm wished for health and strength in 2014. :o)

  5. Hi! All the best for the new year and your new plans for Bribie Island.....sounds fab! Thanks for the info about the Christmas Boat Parade...that sounds like a fun thing to do next year.My garden is still a real non event at the moment except for my vege pots which are doing quite well and the passionfruit vine which is doing GREAT!! Big plans for next year with a new deck and SPA!! Glad to hear you are both feeling better now.


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