Saturday, 31 December 2016

The Annual Looking Back Post

The last day of 2016 and could it be the weirdest year ever?

Odd unexpected happenings here and abroad....................but I have no intention of writing about those!

For us it meant serious illness, giving up the smallholding after 23 years and a house move into town with Colin in hospital for long periods. Then 2 grandchildren, a wedding and another house move planned and the shock of finding  that we've got to go through the hospital stuff all over again........just further away.......


Here are some of the photos that make up the story of this year
Leaving our smallholding behind wasn't easy, this photo is from the summer of 2013

 and leaving  all my bookshelves wasn't good either.
Town Life - so different to living in the country

Buying a beach hut has been a wonderful idea, although if the council bring in plans to change the way they charge people we may be priced out, yet unable to sell.


 
Four generations when our first grandchild baby Jacob Rhys arrived in May


An interesting afternoon at this book festival finding out about British Library Crime Classics

A break in hospital treatment allowed us to have a few days away, this is Hereford Cathedral

Lots of sunny days at the beach hut

Brass band concert in Christchurch Park Ipswich

One of the nice things about town life is being able to buy cheap flowers from Aldi just a short walk away

One of the many second-hand book sales I've been to this year

Just a few of the library books that have been borrowed this year, in total 115 books have been read! and I've found many bookish blogs to read and enjoy which has opened up a whole new world of reading.


Baby Florence May arriving in October

Glimpse of our new home for 2017, we'll get there once the solicitor returns from her prolonged holiday and gets on with the paperwork. Pity none of our children wanted to be solicitors!

 Making chutneys for Christmas hampers

A visit to see Jacob in November

Holly on a walk in December

Son's wedding in December

One of my favourite photos from 2016, our daughters with the next generation

Celebrating the winter season without breaking the bank

The year has ended on a odd note too as Col picked up the winter Yuck virus from somewhere and has spent the last 36 hours in bed or in the loo! ...........but feeling slightly better today, thank goodness.

Anyway a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who reads and comments. Without you all this would just be a diary written in a notebook and lost.

Back Tomorrow..........looking forward.........it's the only way to go

Sue




57 comments:

  1. Thankyou for all your book recommendations, I have been finding British Library crime classics in various C.S. had not heard of them before. Like you I enjoy being a G.parent, although I am a single one so do not have all 4 at the same time. Hope your move goes smoothly once the legalities are tied up and of course huge good wishes for your husbands full recovery.

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    1. I love it when someone enjoys a book that I've mentioned. Many more will be read next year that's for sure

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  2. I just want to record how much I admire your strength and determination this past year. I truly hope 2017 brings you better health, and your move goes smoothly. The love within your family is a joy to see and your positive thinking is an inspiration to all. Catriona

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    1. Thank you. We do have some down days but not too many

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  3. Lovely photos of your year, Sue. I hope that Col will have better health and that the move will be beneficial to you both.
    Happy New Year,
    Margaret P

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  4. What a year you have had, I do hope you have a more peaceful year in 2017 at least without any major upheavals and dramas just lots of good things.

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    1. Just read about the baby doves, sad news

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  5. Sending all good wishes for a happy and healthy 2017!
    We've escaped the 'yuck' virus thus far, but the whole family has been laid low with a cold/flu bug! It's rotten seeing a four month old baby with a cold, poor little mite. He's thrown it off now though and is back to his normal bouncy self!
    So, for 2017, onwards and upwards! X

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    1. Still hoping I don't go down with it.
      2017 bring it on!

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  6. Comments do help, but you should read back on your blog, I love to check a couple of years ago, to see where we were and where we are going. I do print my blog into a book each year, I love to look back at grandsons, garden and life.

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    1. How do you print out a whole blog! There would be about 200 pages! Wow - good idea though to keep it all for the future

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  7. You have been through such a hard time , but you also have been blessed with beautiful grandchildren, Wishing you both a Happy and Healthy 2017 xx

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    1. Welcoming our 2 babies has made up for all the bad bits

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  8. "Looking forward ....... it's the only way to go", that statement is so true. Good or bad, life goes on.

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  9. It will be just lovely when you get your new house. I so hope that Col gets better quickly.

    God bless.

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    1. We are so looking forward to it, probably even more so after the fireworks that will keep us awake tonight!

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  10. Wow it's been a year of ups and downs and lots of changes for you! I hope 2017 brings lot of good health news and joys for you. You have a lot of changes coming up in 2017 too. Here's looking forward to good things in 2017

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    1. I really hope next year will be better

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  11. Here's to a happy and healthy 2017.

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  12. What a lovely round up, Sue!

    I only managed 98 books this year - I used to read more when I worked 3 days a week; now I;m retired I seem to read less - weird that.

    Here's hoping 2017 brings you everything you wish for!

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    1. I thought I must have read more than 2015 but only about a dozen more. Reading kept me company when Col was in hospital

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  13. Always sad to leave a home we love, hope next year is better for you

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    1. We won't be sad to leave this place that's for sure

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  14. That has been quite the year! Thank goodness there have been joyous occasions as well. I hope that 2017 brings closure to your husband's illness, the grandbabies are healthy and happy, and your new home is perfect! -Jenn

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    1. If all those 3 happen we will be very happy

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  15. What a lovely post, thank you!!
    I look forward to reading your blog and all the comments, its a special part of my day.
    I have learned such a lot from you all.
    Yours and Colin's positive attitude is wonderful and so inspiring.
    May you both have a smooth house move and wonderful year ahead, good health and happiness.
    Pam in TX.xxx

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  16. What a year for you. Full of ups & downs.
    I wish you, Col, and all your family a very happy and healthy 2017. xx

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    1. Hope all goes well for you too - across the other side of Norwich road!

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  17. Intriguing shot of your next house.. a greenhouse, veggie plots hurrah! Good luck and health in the new year Sue. Thanks for your bloggy friendship
    Gill

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    1. Just a photo from the brochure so not very clear - can't wait to get growing again

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  18. I hope 2017 is a lucky year for you, starting with Cols full recovery and the move to your new country home. Tx

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  19. All the best for you and your family in 2017! Can't wait to see the big reveal of your new home!!

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  20. Lovely post filled with Family, Happiness and lots of Love.
    Happy New Year.

    cheers, parsnip

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  21. Wishing you and your family all the best in 2017!

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  22. A Very Happy New Year to you and yours.
    xx

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  23. Here's hoping 2017 is full of good things for you and yours. And I empathise with the solicitor issue, we're waiting for ours to return from his 2 week Xmas and New Year break to get started on our sale and purchase. Happy new year, love Helen xx

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    1. Oh hello, I didn't realise you were back writing again - sorry - bit slow. happy new year to you too

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  24. Happy New Year and all the best for 2017 - hoping it brings the Lymphoma totally to heel and that you are really happy in your lovely new home.

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  25. Never commented before - I'm a bit of a lurker! But I hope 2017 is a fantastic year for you both. I so envy you your country living. My husband was born in Clapham so, as a compromise, we live on the edge of a seaside town in Devon. My dream is to move to a small holding in Dartmoor. :)

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  26. Happy New Year! I hope it brings good things your way!

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  27. You are an inspiration to me, Sue. I love reading your blog.

    All the very best to you, Col and your whole family in 2017

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  28. I think it is you and Col who deserve the huge thank you for allowing us to share such an up and down year.
    I really hope this year will be a more positive one though with more treatment, longer journeys and a house move it may be hard work.
    Wishing you all the very best for 2017. Sue

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  29. Your smallholding was beautiful, thank goodness you have pictures and of course your memories. Many many good wishes for happiness in your new country abode.

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  30. Sue, you and Col are truly amazing people to have had so many major life changes all in one year and to have handled them all with so much love, grace and resiliency! Congratulations on those new grand-babies and the new marriage in the family as well!

    I send you and your family all my best for the new year and I pray that Col's new treatment goes very well.

    Thank you for your lovely blog!

    Happy New Year!


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  31. I'd just like to wish you, Col and your family all the best this year, from Sydney, Australia.

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  32. I wish you and Col a better year of health and smooth transition to your new to you house! I'm "walking" with a friend who has brain cancer that has no known treatment, even though she's done radiation and chemo pill for a month is doing good. It's hard but I must be there for her as she's in need of companionship and encouragement. Thanks for sharing highlights of your year in photos. God bless you both! Happy New Year!
    grandmabeckyl.blogspot.com

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