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My 2014 through my mosaics

2014 was supposed to be a quiet year! A year in which we were mostly Australia based whilst our youngest finished off school life...

In the end Little Wandering Wren didn't do too badly keeping her frequent flyer points up with trips to England, America, Hong Kong, Bali, Thailand, New Zealand.
With two of the three kids now at university their Third Culture Kid upbringing was never going to keep them in the nest for too long.
We lived vicariously through their adventures in 2014  in Africa, Europe and the United States of America...
I will remember 2014 for the people I met. 
Whether it was reconnecting with family in the UK or US,  or catching up with friends in Hong Kong, Thailand and New Zealand, or the courageous men and women  from all over the world,  asylum seekers now in Australia,  who have enriched my life in so many ways  who I meet through my volunteer work.
In 2014 we continued to open our home to visitors from overseas Numbers were down as we tried to keep the house quiet for study even …

My Christmas Sunday photo

Festive Fun... Hope you had a lovely Christmas. We had an Aussie beach Christmas at Rye,  on the Mornington Peninsula.

One red, (yes red!) tablecloth,  a few seashells from Number Sixteen beach and a touch of ivy from the garden a Turduken roast lunch  which is a three bird special of turkey, duck and chicken, and a walk along the ocean beach...

Simple, fun and some would say totally exhausting! Linking with Saturday's Critters

My Sunday Photo

The office Christmas parties...

We have attended office Christmas parties in 
Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland this year.

Each location was vying to see who could impress most 
to have the most fun on a limited budget.
It was great to see how different each event was.

Sydney got off to an um rather spectacular start  with the naked man on the balcony followed by a Brazilian BBQ at Darling Harbour. I'm not quite sure that combination of words sounds right either... But that's where we went and what we ate!!

Melbourne's party was a band in a garage all hip and trendy. 
It was fantastic, although rather too much 
like corporate speed dating for me.

I had 60 seconds in between very loud music 
to talk to people I'd never met before before the next song drowned out all hope of conversation.

Everyone in the office had chosen their favourite song. Great idea, except I didn't have a song.

Music, or lack of knowledge of it,  can really make you feel like an outsider. Forgive me for being a boring Pom, but  The Violent Femmes - w…

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Christmas Aussie style is different... We don't go in for a lot of festive palaver.
All we need is a blow up Santa with a blue sky,  and we're pretty much good to go!
It's not that Australians don't love Christmas It's just that it comes awkwardly  at the start of our Summer holidays.
And... Well, we have buckley's chance of having a white Christmas. It's just not quite the same  for those of us used to Frosty the Snowman.
I can't stand anything red in the house... just in case we have a hot one. No, not even a poinsettia makes it across our doorstep!
My red rule cuts out 80% of all my traditional Christmas decorations. The rest you may remember were impounded anyway  by Australian customs on our arrival in 2000  on account of them being a threat to national security having pine cones amongst them...
Leaving our Christmas decorations as mostly just a few Christmas cards around the place... Simple.

Then there is the Christmas tree issue We've had everything from fake, which…

Boozy Santa

Sunday 14th December
Boozy Santa 

Schoolies, Toolies and Red Frogs!

Our Aussie Year 12 kids have finished their High School life  and celebrate together on a Schoolies holiday.
They can do no more but wait for their results  and their university place offers in January.  They have the whole summer ahead of them. They are determined to party hard... 

Thirteen years at school, and your choice of university
comes down to six subjects.
For my son who studied the 
International Baccalaureate this also included  one extended essay of 3,000 words one Theory of Knowledge paper. 200 hours of Community, Action & Service and fourteen exams over a sixteen day period.

Our son is currently in Bryon Bay in Queensland He has rented a house, with a swimming pool with nine of his friends at a hugely inflated price.
Schoolies, started on the Gold coast in the 1970's 
when the single-sex private schools 
headed off to Queensland for a final party. When surveyed 93% of parents said they were concerned  about schoolies, drugs and the mass drinking culture. 

Daughter No One went to Fiji A…

Looking forward to life at a snail's pace...

It's me v's the snails  in the garden at the moment
The garden is thriving on the warm sunshine  and recent spring rains.

Everything is growing well especially these critters!
They are everywhere clinging on for dear life.  Happy.
Tis the season to be jolly Fa la la la la la la

Linking with Saturdays Critters My Sunday Photo

Sydney bike ride

We couldn't leave Sydney with the only sightseeing  being the naked man on the balcony. Thank you for all the comments,  glad it gave you a laugh!

So we got up early for a cycle ride. It was a beautiful ride from our  Darling Harbour hotel along the waterfront Admiring all the beautiful places to live... If you had a spare few million.

I think no matter how often  you get to visit Sydney you still get a kick out of the  harbour bridge and the Opera House!

There certainly are plenty of fences everywhere. At first they seemed quite annoying in my photos Then I rememberedGood Fences and perhaps these are  perfect for my first visit?
Have a lovely weekend everyone!