New Year 2017 saw us on the Sunshine Coast celebrating with friends and family. We always enjoy that and it is a great way to see in the New Year. This year we are in Toowoomba and sadly we are here for John's funeral. John and Mum were together for 18 years so he has been like a second father to me. I will miss him greatly.
Now onto the year in review.
January we are usually sitting around waiting for the wet season to commence but we did make our way to Rex Smeal Park in Port Douglas to watch the "new Australians" become part of our community on Australia Day.
February was, for us, a relatively quiet month but a trip to Tinnaroo Dam for a spot of Kayaking is always fun.
March was a great time to have my two sisters come for a visit. It was wonderful to spend the time with each other even if it was only a short visit.
April is the Dirt and Dust Triathlon and my husband has competed in almost all of them. This year we were joined by friends from Cairns.
April also saw my mother turn 80. We celebrated with a "Girls Only" lunch and afternoon tea.
May. It may not seem such a big deal to many folks, but we finally laid bitumen on our access road. Why didn't we do this years ago!
June saw us travelling to PNG and Singapore with our wonderful friends. It was a fabulous trip and memories that we will enjoy looking back on for a long time.
July saw us having friends visit and it is always a time for me to test my culinary skills. I love good food and enjoy trying out new recipes but I am actually enjoying the cooking side less and less. I guess it is an age thing. These days I try to keep it simple, but there is nothing like a good cheese platter to impress the guests!
August is my birth month and this year, being my 60th, was quite a big month. My dear friend surprised me with a beautiful birthday cake, made with her own hands.
We also spent a week in Bali for my birthday week and were joined by friends. It was a special time with lots of eating, drinking and lots of laughs.
September our son came to visit us. It was an opportunity to set him to work and help us with the branding.
October we sadly said our last goodbyes to Philips mother. She would have been 82 in December and lived a very full, exciting life and always made the most of every situation. We will miss her enthusiasm for life.
November saw us on another road trip. Gosh I love these trips. Everything is just so easy and I have repeatedly told Philip that I could easily live in our Camper for an extended amount of time.
November we saw John for the last time, although we did not know it at the time. John sadly passed away on Christmas Eve.
December, with all the Christmas hype, passed very quickly. It was the first time in our forty years of marriage that we spent Christmas alone and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
So, that's a wrap for 2017. I wish you all peace and happiness for 2018 and god willing I will be sitting here again at the end of 2018 writing another post just like this one. Namaste.