Monday, January 01, 2018

The year that was

We had two terrific holidays this year, one in Sydney, but especially our European cruise where we began with a couple of days respectively in Dubai, Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona where we were joined by R's English sister and brother in law for a cruise of the Mediterranean. We visited Pisa, Marseille, Olympia, Naples, Mykonos, Santorini and the most surprising place which we all loved, Montenegro.

Holidays in 2018 will be rather more tame. We are getting old and saving ourselves and money for a big trip to the UK in 2019.

As we have both discovered this year, physically getting old is not a lot of fun but mentally, we don't mind at all. Friends too are having their own medical issues, and we rather miss our dyke friend who moved to Launceston in her home state of Tasmania with Dog Jack.

Around home not a lot was done. The bathrooms are on the list this year, but then they were in 2017 too. We'll get there.

Around the world and here in Melbourne, some rather nasty stuff has happened in public spaces. But the odds of you being a victim are very low. Nevertheless, when we took Little Jo into town earlier this week, I was hypervigilant, not just checking for cars when we crossing streets, but checking streets themselves. Sad really.

We so much enjoyed family time, especially at the wonderful country wedding of our nephew. Sister and Bone Doctor are to be married in 2018, along with our oldest niece to her partner. That Little Jo's mums can get married was somewhat a highlight of the year, even if the process was not. The delightful twins were born to the middle niece, and there were issues but things seem ok now. Mother and her house electric wringing caused us a lot of stress and cost. She is becoming increasingly frail, but still sharp as a tack.

Yeah, it was not a bad year really and I continue to treasure the online company of my blog mates.

My very best wishes to you for 2018.

26 comments:

  1. You have done a lot of travelling this year exhausting and exciting in equal amounts. I wish you both good health and happiness in the coming year x

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    1. Thank you Marie. The same in return. Our trip to Europe seems so long ago.

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  2. It has been good year following your and Rs adventures. I look forward for more of the same in 2018.

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    1. Thanks Victor. Meeting you and a few others has been a highlight of blogging.

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  3. A very Happy and Healthy New Year to you and R. I have so enjoyed travelling with you.

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    1. Thanks EC. You truly are one of my VIP blog mates.

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  4. Wishing you a wonderful 2018. My laptop has gone crazy - a bug I think - and so I have to go to my old computer. I am still reading !!! :)

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    1. Lady J, give it a tap with a hammer Thanks for you good wishes.

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  5. I hope 2018 proves to be even a better year for you and your loved ones, Andrew. :)

    I hope it proves to be a better year for everyone, worldwide....

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    1. Thanks Lee. For the world, it could not be much worse than last year.

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  6. Happy New Year Andrew.
    So many things do happen within the year when you think back.

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    1. Margaret, thank you. Yes, and some we don't remember, as was proved by me reading Ex Sis-in-Law's New Year FB post.

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  7. I wish many happy moments to you and yours in 2018. :)

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    1. Thanks Snoskred. I am surrounded online by so many smart women.

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  8. Some up and down but like more most year...I choose to stay happy.
    Best of luck in 2018

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    1. Thanks Dora. I like you new photo.

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  9. Pisa, Marseilles, Naples, Mykonos, Santorini, Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona are some of the coolest places on the globe. Great 2017!

    Hopefully 2018 will be healthy and mind broadening as well :)

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    1. Hels, I don't think anyone broadens or educates my mind quite like you do. Thanks.

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  10. That was a busy year indeed, all that globe trotting :)
    Makes my life seem lazy by comparison. (long hours reading on the couch)
    Happy, less busy, New Year to you and R.

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    1. River, we are fortunate to be able do so. I am a bit forced to be more than an armchair traveller, but it is good. I hope your 2018 is good and a mystery solved.

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  11. Let's all hope that those who wish us harm will see that they are slowly losing, and will bring an end to their futile ambitions. Peace on earth (where have I heard that before). Cro.

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    1. Cro, we will hope so, but such don't always possess the ability to think rationally.

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  12. Best wishes for you too!

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    1. Thanks Jan. Love to hear more from you.

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  13. Getting old! You! Never Andrew! 2017 was a good year in many ways, not so much on the US political front, that couldn't have been more drastic if it tried! I did think about you last week when the incident happened.. unfortunately my two grandchildren had me so exhausted each evening I sat like a stunned mullet in the evenings 😀 Good to hear that mum's doing well, although a little frail, she seems like a strong woman! My niece and her husband and son were in Melbourne this past weekend, they had a super time!

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    1. Grace, good to hear some praise of Melbourne. Yes, I know the feeling of child tiredness when you are not used to them. Bittersweet to say goodbye to them, I am sure.

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