Hello everyone, I do hope this finds all well in your part of the world.
I know it is a little early to reflect on the past year as it is not quite over yet , maybe I am simply looking forward to new beginnings.
I started the year as a dyed red head with a bob and finished with rather short natural grey hair.
These two photos sum up much of my 2023. The first one with my red bob was taken at the very start of 2023 and after those ups and downs along the way the second one with my short grey hair was taken in London in November .
A short explanation for anyone new reading this and wondering what I am on about. After a routine bowel screen , then colonoscopy I was diagnosed with bowel cancer . I had successful surgery followed by a course of chemotherapy . I am now routinely monitored by my health care team and all was well after my latest round.
I will admit it took a while for my body to recover from the chemotherapy but I had a goal to work toward , our postponed trip to France, Spain and Portugal in September.
We started our travels in Paris , collecting our car at the depot near Charles de Gaulle airport , then explored parts of France we hadn’t seen, before driving through Spain and Portugal . We returned the car 8 weeks later and took the Eurostar to London for a few days before returning to Paris for the last two weeks. This was taken in the Jardin de l’Hotel de Sulley in Paris . I am wearing an old favourite Moyuru skirt , black knit topped with my black raincoat which came in very handy as the last part of our trip was very wet.
As promised I will do more posts on our trip in the coming weeks . Apologies for the delay I have experienced computer issues , hopefully now resolved after a new hard drive with more capacity was installed.
Raffy was well looked after by our friends Amanda and Woody while we were away and was spoilt rotten. He has been such a faithful companion for me this year. In this shot taken in my poor garden (it is still badly in need of same TLC) I am wearing one of my favourite skirts from Bread and Butter paired with a sand coloured leather jacket from Caroline Moore that I have worn for many years and new bronze shoes from Fly London that I bought in Lisbon.I had been to see my hairdresser that day , Raffy had his Summer clip the day after.
I was fortunate to once again enjoy some of the amazing Christmas windows in both Paris and London.
I will admit to be rather taken by this Louis Vuitton display in Paris.
Now onto Christmas , unfortunately our Hobart family tested positive for Covid just before the day and were unable to travel north. We will all hopefully catch up soon and the little boys will have fun opening another round of presents.
My sister Lyn joined John and I for a brunch of fresh fruit followed by croissants and of course a glass or two of bubbles.
Later in the day our youngest son , Callum and his partner Georgie flew in from Melbourne . We enjoyed a late traditional Christmas dinner of ham and turkey , a variety of new seasons veggies followed by a chocolate and raspberry pavlova and apricot cheesecake.
A day not quite as planned but I have now learned not to stress about what is out of my control.
This also was my first Christmas as a retired person , I did so enjoy not working in retail this time of year and I was so organised for a change.
I wish to say a big thank you for all the kindness and support I received this year.
I do plan to blog on a much more regular basis in 2024 and no doubt this blog will continue in my usual ad hoc fashion covering whatever takes my fancy at the time.
All my best wishes for good health and happiness in 2024.
Joining Gail at Is This Mutton for Wow on Wednesday.