Should old acquaintance be forgot...

Trip Start Sep 16, 2011
Trip End Nov 20, 2011

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

...and never brought to mind?  

Umm, no they should most certainly should not.  And that, our dear friends, is our New Year's Resolution.  We consider ourselves very lucky to have met and made friends with some amazing people over the years.  With busy lives and switching hemispheres from time to time, it is all too easily to easy to neglect the people that mean the most to us.  So, we plan to do a much better job this year of keeping in touch.  So, you will be hearing from us soon!

Our other New Year’s Resolution is to start a business.  We have talked about this for years, and now we really just want to crack on. So, our plan is to have something up and running this year.   Well actually, in my head we need to have something sorted in 12 weeks, but Noah does not know about this timeframe.  When he reads this it will be the first he has heard of it.  Ha!

And that is all we really have for New Year’s Resolutions, so far.  But I am sure we will add to this today as things come to mind. 

It is fair to say, that 2011 has been one crazy year for us.  We quit work, sold our house and car, packed up our life into a 20ft container and sent it out to sea, said farewells to some amazing people in the UK, holidayed in Fuerteventura and Dubai (with a surprise upgrade to the swankiest apartment ever!), we have travelled across America, experienced the Aloha spirit in Hawaii and set up a new life on the sunny Gold Coast.  It has been full on but I think you have to be busy for the dreams to come true.  I am a firm believer that great things don’t just happen – you have to make it happen.  We’ll approach 2012 in exactly the same way.

So, we are expecting this year to be just as busy, but in a different way.  We are really keen to throw ourselves into local life, swimming and surfing and just being active outdoors and relaxing with each other and our magic little boy.  We are expecting a visit from the Mothership in the first half of the year and the Joycees in the second half of the year – knowing those two things are on the horizon is a stonkingly good way to start the year.

Our last day of 2011, was a happy one.  We started the day doing bits and bobs at home and they we popped to the local shopping centre (Australia Fair) to get a few jobs done at the post office and out of the blue I bought a load of Christmas presents for next year!  We bought some more food, because we all seem to be eating constantly and we never have enough food! and headed home as Woody is on 'the edge of reason’.

At home, we eat, and life gets better.  And then we decide we are going to buy a TV.  We look up some TV’s at a shop online, and then go another shop and buy a TV.  It takes us about 2 minutes from when we walk into the store until we are handing over the dosh.  Good work indeed.  We come home, set up the TV, realise there is nothing on TV, and go out to fly a kite.

We go to broadbeach with our kite, a big red lobster, bought for us by Cherry and Peter.  It is hilarious, and it is fair to say that there was no chance of anyone confusing us with serious kite-ist with our great big lobster.  We were all in stitches and there were quite a few curious onlookers.  The lobster flailed quite close to the ground most of the time, but when it was in flight it actually looked quite fantastic (but still a little ridiculous).  We are looking forward to many more outings with the big red lobster.

It starts to rain so we thrown on some Jim Beam ponchos we happen to have and briefly wander around wearing what looks like bin bags.  Thankfully, the rain does not last long. We go to a fancy burger bar for dinner and get a takeaway and go and eat it on the beach.  This is perfect, and is exactly what Noah and I had in mind for New Years Eve.

We take Woody to the playground and there is a family who have set up their picnic on one of Elwood’s favourite bits of play ground equipment.  So, ignoring their picnic, he plays on it.  And then he notices some cheese he fancies and just stands in front of it staring.  The bloke asks Elwood if he would like a piece of cheese and he replies that he would, and he joins them munching his cheese whilst Noah and I are doing a weird embarrassed life.  Cheese finished, Woody goes off to play, and then he gets a hankering for another piece of cheese, so Woody goes back to his new friends and eats some more of his food (he has just eaten sausage and chips on the beach!).  Elwood thinks this is just brilliant.   Woody plays happily until he gets KO’ed by a flying swing and we decide to sit quietly and wait for the Fireworks on the beach at 8pm.

This plan lasts about 30 seconds as Woody is so tired he cannot sit still so Noah flings him about in the air for about 30 minutes until the fireworks begin.

The rain starts up again, so we sit in the rain and watch the early new year’s celebration.  It is fantastic and we all love it.  We love the fact that all the beaches near us had early fireworks for kids, and then a midnight display.  The park was full of families and the atmosphere was brilliant.

We head back home after the fireworks put Woody to bed and plan on having a nice glass of wine, and sending a few emails.  Well, we both fall asleep and wake 15 minutes before New Years.  We have a drink and a toast and watch the fireworks in Sydney.  Despite the tiredness, we feel optimistic and positive about the year ahead, and mostly, lucky to be in the lucky country!

That is it for tonight.  Goodnight and Happy New Year.  We leave you with these words we have borrowed:

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give me a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

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Tracy (on Andrew's behalf) on

Happy new year monkey xxx

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