Sunday, 1 January 2017

That's a wrap on 2016

A very happy 2017 to you! I am personally glad to see the end of 2016. It was HUGE and I'm only now drawing breath. I suggested at this time 12 months ago that I had all sorts of grand plans for 2016. Little did I know what the year had in store; that my 'grand plans' would go out the window, replaced by other events.

In April, we sold our beloved farm and garden of 20 years. I've poured out my soul about this previously, so I won't put you through that again! We moved our 20 years worth of accumulated stuff and squeezed it into our house in town.

We determined that we would rest for a while, recover from the wrench it was to sell the farm, take our time to find a new place, and get our middle child through his HSC. Hmmmm ... what do they say  about best laid plans?!

So it is that 'the best laid plans of mice and men (and Bloom!) often go awry'. Having thought that we would spend a year or two searching for a block of land to build again, we quite unexpectedly stumbled upon a house out of town. While it's not the house we'd have chosen to build, the truth is that we were exhausted from 10 years of living between two properties, and the prospect of starting again from scratch seemed overwhelming. And so, by September, we'd bought a new home and moved two houses worth of accumulated stuff, the week before our boy finished school.

Next on the to-do list was to sell our house and garden in town. Unlike the farm, I didn't have much of an emotional attachment to the town house, but I did have to leave another garden!

In amongst all of the packing and moving and packing and moving, my only creative activities were to complete two projects for Australian Homespun magazine. For the June 2016 issue, I submitted these three little embroidered l
uggage tags.

And in the December issue, these travel sewing books. I will blog about these projects in more detail soon.

I feel like I'm being a bit of a princess complaining about what a big year it has been. I am really thankful that despite the craziness of 2016, we all remained in relatively good health. We've not been seriously sick; we haven't suffered any major deaths or catastrophes. January 2017 sees us with all our children and all our goods and chattels in the one place at the one time for the first time in 10 years. We are blessed, no matter how I look at it!

And now I have another garden to plan! We currently have very little garden to speak of, and what there is needs some loving care.

But there is enormous potential, and we have views ...

... and water ways ...

... and eucalypts and sloping ground.

Let the fun begin! 

I hope 2017 brings you much creativity and contentment. Bloom x



  1. Wow what a year! So glad to hear you have found a place for all of your things to reside. Happy New Year

  2. Best wishes for the New Year and the grand adventure of planning a brand new garden!

  3. 2017 sounds like another busy year for you, but in a positive way. In another coincidence, we were going to build but changed our mind and bought a house, very unlike the one we were going to build. It was the best decision we could have made. Lucky you to find a place that will work for you. I'm sure you will put your mark on your new house and garden in no time and make a lovely home for your family.

  4. 2016 was quite a major year of transition for you all - very pleased it has ended well and that 2017 holds so much promise and purpose. No wonder you haven't been updating your blog with so much happening.

  5. It looks like a fantastic new beginning. (And new garden beginning)

  6. OMG how exciting.........I know you will create a gorgeous garden once again.........whats the address so I can come visit.......

  7. To every thing there is a season, or words to that effect! 2016 might have been your consolidation season, I think. Looks like you have a beautiful canvas to work your gardening magic on in 2017. Wishing you and your family a peaceful, loving and creative year x x x

  8. Wishing you a very blessed and happy 2017 and hoping we all get very creative and productive in this new year!!

  9. It sounds like it's going to be a wonderful year...

  10. Bronwyn Halbisch9 January 2017 at 22:42

    ohhh wow, another big decision out of the way. Sounds inviting and creative, so I'm sure you'll work that magic to make it so.. so many wonderful thoughts ahead - am sure your mind is in overdrive already - go well XX

  11. Dear Ros, wishing you many years of happiness in your new home and making your new garden.

  12. Looks like a fabulous new property. Wishing you every joy with your new home and so looking forward to seeing what you do with your new garden.


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