Friday, 31 December 2010

Last photos of 2010

It is now 6:30pm and dusk has descended on my small corner of the world. I have just taken my last photos for 2010. The stats in Lightroom show that I took 2486 photos. It seems a lot until you look at the distribution. July to November is sparse to say the least. I am looking forward to 2011. I am not going to select a word for the year as my word last year was "health". What irony.

This coming year will be good!! We are certainly due for some good luck all round.  I will continue the photo a day and hope to post more photos. I have modified templates, selected fonts and styles for my 2011 Photobook and hope that by focusing on months, I will not be too focused on difficult weeks. This was the problem in 2010. I hit a few weeks of just one doctor's appointment after another and thought that if I recorded actual events, this would not be a photobook any of us would really want to look at. If I ignored the challenges, then it would be totally false.

So this year I am looking at the world at large and will record more than just our life. I want this to be a book to look back on for a taste of life in the year 2011. We will see how it goes....

Anyhway here are 2 of my last photos of the year.

The snake bean seeds planted 3 days ago have just sprouted.

Guess what Harry got for Christmas? Yes this wonderful squeaky toy is his pride and joy. He even sleeps with it. Just so cute!

And as a closing note, I would like to wish you blessings and joy for 2011.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

I love the rain ....

Australia is a dry country and after years of drought and trying to maintain gardens with buckets of water from the shower, we finally have rain. And plenty of it. It has been raining for close on 2 weeks. The colours of Summer have changed to a brilliant lime green and the air is clean. It is wonderful!

The temperature is also lower and for the first time ever here, I do not have to sleep in airconditioning. Imagine!

I have spent the last couple of days preparing our vegetable garden. Yes I know I am terribly late but with health issues it just has not been possible to do anything until now. What joy to stand out in the warm rain, feet in mud, planting seeds. Let's hope they germinate...

I hope all my Australian friends are safe from the floods.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

I'm back ....

There is not much that can keep me away from my computer except sickness. I was unable to sit for longer than half an hour for a few months due to back pain which turned out to be gall bladder issues. I ended up having my gall bladder removed at the end of November and am finally starting to feel much better. It has taken a while for me to be able to vary my basic boring diet but I am much better and have even been able to eat some treats this Christmas along with ham and pork etc. I am so happy!

Over this time the girls have also been sick and especially Amber. It seems that her problem is also allergy related and she reacts badly to any grains or dairy. We do not eat any processed food and cook from scratch so luckily it is not difficult to avoid problematic food.

We have had a wonderful quiet Christmas. The weather has been continuous rain which we love as it keeps the temperature down. What a change not to have the aircon on all day every day.

My best wishes to all for a wonderful end to the year and may 2011 bring you health and happiness.