And welcome to a brand new year! I really didn’t intend on taking such a prolonged break from blogging, but towards the end of last year things were so busy that for one reason or another I did end up taking an unannounced little holiday from my computer. And, I have to say, it has been great not feeling tied to technology every day (except for checking ebay and properties on the ipad of course!). In fact I haven’t even set foot in my office for weeks, which means today is all about catching on emails!
So, what have I been up to since I last posted? We had a lovely Christmas day at my parents’ house with my side of the family, and then Christmas dinner at my in-laws (I love having them all to our place but our house is too small for everyone to be comfortable, and actually it worked out great to come home to a clean house with no cleaning to do on Christmas). On Christmas night we walked around the city and saw the beautiful light display on the facade of St Paul’s Cathedral:
It’s classic voyeurism I know, but I do love glimpses into other people’s homes! This (above) is from a blog I enjoyed reading called 3 peanuts. Considering the subject matter here I should clarify my comment a few weeks ago about not being a big fan of modern bauble wreaths – I do really dislike the gaudy new ones in the shops but the wreaths made from vintage or antique glass baubles (as here) can be lovely.
A couple of days ago we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary, and were able to have a few days away alone in country Victoria (see terrible attempt at a shot of a country town view above). In some ways the last ten years seems to have flown by, but when I think about how much we have changed and done in those ten years – degrees finished, three cities, five homes, not to mention three children – it does feel as though we deserve to celebrate a little milestone! It was lovely to be without the kids just for a little while, and do some antique shopping:
And being in the country inevitably led to my continued daydreaming about having a little place there for ourselves, though my dreams are not so little:
Haha! I’d love a miniature version of this. I’ve been busy looking at country properties (little humble cottages), as well as houses in Melbourne – I’m desperate for more space at home! I’d love something with some interesting character but rundown enough that I can really put my stamp on it:
I’m starting this year feeling truly grateful for our family and for all the wonderful possibilities that the future holds for us. Our second child starts Prep this year and so I think it will be a year of new beginnings and positive change. 2011 was my first full year of writing this blog and also of running my own business, and while it came with its challenging moments, I was at times a little overwhelmed by the positive support I received from readers, from strangers out there in the aether that is the blog world whose emails really are wonderful motivation, and most of all from clients who allowed me to help them in their homes. Thank you! Decorating-wise, I came home this week from our time away feeling so inspired and full of ideas, which my husband listened to me describe with good humour on the way home in the car. More on those ideas tomorrow!