Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2013 in review


January Abbey was accepted into Uni as a part time distance learner. However her health just wouldn't oblige and she had to withdraw on medical grounds. She was very lucky and received all her fees back.
It was a friggen blow and disappointment for her. 
On the bright side she searched and contacted a homeopath whose books were firmly closed to new clients but he has taken her on and has been outstandingly wonderful. We have seen small positive changes. 
Our family thanks Michael Dong for taking on Abbey's case - one that has got his head scratching


February we lost our Rory rooster - he was the best rooster in the world - and for over 14 years he was a very big part of my morning routine - I still very much miss hearing a rooster crow.


March saw the old truck have a blat around the section. 2013 was planned to have the truck on the road but life once again got in the way. Hopefully Brent will get some more hours to work on the truck 2014 as we are planning to take it on a road trip to the South Island for our 30th Wedding anniversary in a few years time.



I was feeling pretty low and a friend said you need to just get away for a night or two - so Brent and I did we went and stayed in a tree house



and biked around to the two Pencarrow Light houses.


on the bike back  it was hot, and I started to get very tired, I could feel a bout of whinging coming on - how unbecoming!We had some towels in Brent's backpack, but the togs were in our bag, back at the tree house...

I was sooo hot and over the years Brent has often said lets go skinny dipping ... This time it was my suggestion - In a moment of pure foolishness I suggested we should have a swim, Brent who by this time was very hot and sweaty had no hesitation in finding us a spot and oh my, skinny dipping we went

 OOh la la what fun! 


The trip away was just what I needed, I hadn't shared this with many, only close friends as I had nothing nice to say about the medical world expect some shocking gutter mouth swear words... A specialist had said there was nothing he could do for one of our children and this was going to be life. I just burst into tears in his rooms (not like me). Left feeling there was no hope at all and no help or support in the whole wide world. Looking back, I thank that doctor as it put a fire in my belly. But at the time it rocked my world. 


April..James and I had an amazing chance by pure luck to go with Mark Gee and Chris Helliwell
night sky watching. Two amazing New Zealand photographers. We even made the paper. It was one of my highlights of the year. (That's James and I in the photo awesome aye)

May  Stella turned one (not that I am a dog person) but Stella has brought great joy to the whole family.

June we lost another much loved pet Caro. It's still to sad to talk about it..


July was all about earthquakes being on a train when one hits is pretty scary. The earthquake on 21 July was the worst we have every felt very scary. I was ready to move to Scotland!


Scotland you ask - well that of course is where men wear kilts. (Can hardly wait until Outlander screens) The book is known as Cross Stitch here in NZ


July was the beginning of my Naturopath degree - I'm on a quest to learn more about health since the medical world can't help. I'm loving it even if my brain gets sore from all the study at times and my butt numb from sitting.and the weeds grow faster in garden and the house seems a bit dustier.. fitting everything in can be a balancing act.

August was all about lambs - we had three orphan lambs

 Living in our bathroom (as you do)

bottle feeding the little fellas.


September was all about putting big girl panties on and dealing to the new rooster Prince - he was the nastiest rooster put on this planet. He's put the family off having a rooster ever again. We also dealt with the geese something I don't want to have to do again so will not be raising geese for the pot in any time soon. Trying to live off your land is NOT for the faint hearted.


October I was chosen to be one of Annabel Langbein foodie bloggers.

we had a fun full moon gathering with friends
sampling food made from her book.

James launched his hobby Goblin Guitars and sold his first international guitar to the Blog Tech at October Farm in USA. 
November poor old Mack was attacked by another dog while out walking - It was not a nice experience.

December brought out the craft skills in our kids - Abbey taught herself to free motion quilt 
James built himself a cross bow with  plans to do some serious rabbit hunting.


Plus we had a win in lotto I only ever spend around $6.00 and  take a ticket if the draw is for 7 Million dollars which is the amount I wish to win. Sounds greedy doesn't it - but my secret desire is to be a philanthropist.. Of course some of the winnings we sat down as a family and chose some charities 
Mastiff Breeds Rescue and rehoming 

HUNA - helping you help animals. 

Wellington Free Ambulance

If you enjoy reading our blog and feel inclined to donate to these worthy charities feel free and thank you in advance.

Today we take down the Christmas tree getting all ready for 2014.   (It's ever so bad luck to see the New Year in with it up) 

I have a good feeling about 2014.

See you all next year.



26 comments:

  1. Happiest of New Year wishes to you & your family Leanne. I hope that 2014 brings you all good health, new adventures, motivation to reach your goals & contentment knowing you are living life on your own terms. I am still wishing a lovely new rooster comes into your life this coming year. One with the lovely personality traits of your dear Rory and not a bit like that nasty Prince. May all the sweet creatures that live under your care & visit the cattery have a year where life is kind to them too.

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    1. Happy New Year Ellen or are you still asleep over there? I'm still a hankering for a rooster and I'm sure one will turn up here when it is meant to. I do miss the crow but also very wary how lucky we were with Rory he was such a perfect gentleman. I think we might have to wait until the old girls pop off as they did find the toyboy Prince just too much. Love L

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  2. What a full and eventful year you've had Leanne! Wishing you and your family good health and happiness in 2014....

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    1. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones too. It's fun going back over blog of what we got up to - of course other things happened that don't get on the blog but blogging is a good record to look back on what our daily life is like. Love L

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    1. And of course a big thank you to you my friend for the Friday morning coffee and phone calls, nearly as good as in real life and to think even tho I live in Nz and you in Aussie I was able to be there with you when your dd graduated and see a live screening with you even waving to me on the camera such fun. I will be there again this year to watch your James. Love L

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  4. Happy New Year to you all - haven't heard that about the tree being down by Jan 1. Always understood Jan 6 or twelfth night although we always left ours up for Max's birthday on the 10th.

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    1. It's just what we have always done.. I Love starting a New Year all clean and tidy. I wish I had videoed James mimicking me "The washing basket has to be empty, the library books back and all the banking done,," It really made me laugh. But also enjoyed watching both kids make sure all their banking budgeted and all IOU's were paid. I always like to enter the New Year with every bill paid and all accounts in the black. Pretty awesome seeing the kids did it too so my nagging must pay off SMILE.

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  5. It is lovely to see your year that has been, with happiness, joy, and some sadness. Our tree went down before our family left for Eltham, all packed away for next year's festivities. All New Year Wishes to you all, for sunshine, laughter, love, and happiness in 2014. Greetings to all, Jean.

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    1. Happy New Year Jean. As my good friend Annie Dillard says “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing".

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  6. Happy New Year to everybuddy at the Cottage. We love your year in review, looking back so much has happened, good and bad. Best wishes for 2014.

    Julie and Poppy Q
    xxx

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    1. Happy new Year Julie and Poppy Q thank you for being a part or our lives we do so enjoy Poppy Q's posts.

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  7. this is such a great post! abby looks so much like you! i can't believe it is almost 2014! happy new year!!!

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    1. Happy New Year! Abbey takes more after Brent's side of the family. She was looking at your blog yesterday and said she wished she lived next door to you so she could just go over and have one piece of shortbread (it was a not good day for her yesterday). She was looking at all your cooking and really wanted just one piece. Cake with chickpeas just wasn't gonna cut it yesterday. SMILE. Love leanne Ps lots of blog hits from our place as everyone had to see Teddy's year in review SMILE.

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  8. Lovely post, such a good way to see where the year has gone. I won't be taking my tree down as my daughter is coming up & I would love her to see my upside down tree. Besides, each year the tree has stayed up until my eldest daughters birthday, which is the fourth of January. So I'm not sure about the claim to bad luck. Fingers crossed.
    Wishing you all a very Happy peaceful 2014!!

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    1. I am sure it is not bad luck - unless you believe it. Traditions superstitions seem to be passed down from families or made up. All our married life we have taken down the decorations - to me there is something wonderful to see a new year in all clean and fresh. You should of heard James role playing me yesterday as teen boys can. Cheeky fella. I'm sure your dd is going to enjoy seeing your upside down tree.. You may just be starting a new trend.
      Love Leanne

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  9. A lovely post Leanne ... you sure have had some ups & downs this past year. I hope the coming year brings good things to you - I really enjoy stopping by your blog, it brings me lots of pleasure to read your posts about life in your neck of the woods. Happy New Year to you & yours Leanne x0x

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    1. aww thank you - it was a good year (2012 was not a good year) But it's just life and our journey. Got your seeds ready for planting? SMILE Let me know when you have hang of planting by the moon 1/4's and then I'll start sharing about planting to the star signs.
      Love Leanne

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  10. Happy New Year to you :-)
    Your photos make me miss NZ... all's so green and lush.
    Blessings and magic,
    Donni

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    1. Welcome to the blog. We have had plenty of rain so far this summer the gardens are happy. Sheep fat as too much grass but we will get some more sheep in around Feb when they are a bit cheaper so it will all work out grand.
      Love Leanne

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  11. I think 2014 is going to be very nice to you! Loved seeing the year in review and remember many of the events.

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    1. Happy New Year to you! I think it is going to be a year of abundance - we even picked our very first fig today (1/1) VERY very thrilling Love Leanne

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  12. Happy New Year Leanne!
    Our 2013 was great...and I too have a feeling that 2014 will only be better.
    Best wishes to you and your family.

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    1. I"m so pleased you guys also had a good year. And yes 2014 is gonna be totally A W E S O M E.
      Love l

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  13. It's been quite a year at your place Leanne!
    Wishing you and your family health, happiness and JOY in 2014!
    HUGS and love
    Shane XOX

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    1. and to you - what more can any of us really want in life other than health, happiness and joy oh an how about some abundance for all too SMILE.

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