Because I started my Blog in 2011 this episode of Caravan of Selves covers years I have already Blogged about. So to summarise even more I will include here just bullet points from each year with a photo or two.
#Ageing: turning 70 was certainly a landmark. I decided to walk with Anthea around the Orewa Estuary and talk about memories I have of each decade of my life.
|12 September 2015
#Holiday: A long awaited holiday in Perth - lovely city! Then on a couple of days at New Norcia Monastery, a visit to the Pinnacles and a a retreat at Shoalwater retreat centre.
|Kings Park Perth
|New Norcia Monastery
#13 June: 20 years since my aneurysm. Certainly a date worth celebrating!
|With Rosie - the new snake pet in Sarah's house!
#August: Holiday in Brisbane
|Tanya and Johan showing me round!
|Sarah with Bodhi, Harlan and Leo and the Brisbane Eye
|Christina and me at her home.
|Peter and Gwenyth - North Haven
|Amphibious Duck Boat on the Blue Lake
|Anthea at the top of the Tree CanopyWalk in the Redwood forest.
|A scene in the Rotorua Bible Museum - sadly, now closed.
Sydney in November: Our reason for going was the "Vivid" light display. But Sydney is beautiful in the daytime too!
|One of the many light variations on the Opera House.
|Popping across the harbour on a ferry is very easy!
|Memorial Wall for those who died in Christchurch earthquakes 2011
|Well known view from Church of the Good Shepherd, Tekapo.
|Church of the Good Shepherd
|Tasman Glacier boat trip on a grey day!
|A dip in the lovely pools at the Hanmer Springs Spa
|We recommend this motel!
|Peter, Merrie, Sheila, Andrew
|Outside our Motel at Burleigh Heads. Gold Coast in background.
|Andrew and Lynn just after his diagnosis.
|Andrew didn't make it to the wedding - so a preview blessing ceremony at home.
|Lynn and Phil planting a Kowhai Tree outside the Hermitage
|Lydia, Sheila, Rachel, Lynn, Anthea (Photo taken by Phil)
|Single (ensuite) rooms overlooking a lake.
|The Cross on the hill beside Tyburn Monastery, Ngakuru
#We began the year with a wonderful cruise around NZ for seven days. The weather was perfect and the
cruise took us to some of the most beautiful places in our amazing country. Milford Sound, Akaroa and
the excellent Waitangi visitor centre were among our favourite places. Little did we know that all too
soon cruises would be off the agenda for some time. We look back with great gratitude.
|Waitangi Visitor Centre - welcome to the Marae
|Approaching Mitre Peak (Milford Sound) at Dawn
#The Election has been another major feature of this year. We are so blessed to live in New Zealand! Our
Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has become a world renowned figure in the way she has managed the Covid pandemic here. The landslide victory of the Labour Party in the election is, in part at least, due to this.
#New life - and aging have both been part of this year.
|Lydia and Phil's first baby - Oscar!
|Breakfast at one of the accommodation lodges.
|A high point on the Island
|Merrie, Tanya, Sarah, Carla, Marty
|Celebrating Peter's 85th Birthday at North Haven
In August of 2021 the next wave of Covid caused more lockdowns - so we all learned to do "Zoom Church" and see clients on Zoom or Skype, or FaceTime or Messenger - or perhaps plain old telephone!
|Sebastian (Sebby) a brother for Oscar
|And Remy - first child for Kristen and Nicolai
More holidays! A weekend in Whangarei:
|A wet weekend but still plenty to enjoy!
|Merrie and Marty outside their convenient two bedroom home.
|Merrie and me on one of our many coffee outings!
Then a Christmas trip to visit Lynn in her brand new home and celebrate her first Christmas there.
|Anthea, Lynn and Sheila at the front door!
|Oscar, Lydia, Phil and Lynn
Sheila, Rachel, Sebby
Photo taken by Anthea
I wonder what the next seven years will bring? And will I be able to manage the computer skills to add another Blog post when I'm 84!!