2017: what a year! When I look back on the past 12 months I can’t believe that it’s gone, it’s in the past and I won’t have this time over again. I can reflect on the year that was, plan for a new year ahead and look forward to creating more amazing memories.
Here’s a summary of my highlights of the year that was – 2017.
2017 started with a run of long, hot and sticky summer days where the only way to keep cool was to escape to the beach. On the Australia Day long weekend we took our caravan down to Pottsville on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales for a few days. We spent most of the weekend cooling off in the crystal clear water of Mooball Creek.
A special month and a milestone birthday for me, as I turned sixty. Celebrations included a lunch out with the girls at Rick Shores Restaurant on Burleigh Beach and a dinner out with family and close friends. A few days afterwards my daughter treated me to dinner and the show “Matilda” at QPAC in Brisbane. I felt extremely spoilt and loved!
During the initial months of 2017 I was working with Discover Ipswich, writing some articles for their website and made many trips out to Ipswich, west of Brisbane, taking photos and attending a few events. Later on in the month I was fortunate to be invited on a media trip to Crows Nest, north of Toowoomba in the high country, to experience a farm stay at Tweeters Country Getaway. It was an amazing few days that included petting cute farm animals, devouring delicious home-cooked food and bushwalking.
The time was fast approaching for us to embark on our trip to Italy and Mediterranean Cruise departing at the end of April. So April was full of a lot of preparation and making final travel plans before heading off for five weeks. I was invited on another media trip to Ipswich that included a night’s accommodation, dinner and an early morning hot air balloon flight with Floating Images. As it turned out we were filmed as part of an episode for The Great Day Out, a South East Queensland travel and lifestyle TV program. It was an incredible experience.
After arriving in Rome in late April and spending a few days sightseeing this fascinating city we departed on our cruise and spend 12 days cruising the Mediterranean. Our ports of call included Sicily, Malta, Corfu, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Venice. After a couple of nights in Venice we took off in a hire car touring around Italy for three incredible weeks. It was a memorable trip and one that most definitely marked my sixtieth year.
It took us a while to recover after our five week trip overseas and find our feet again. We returned to our home and enjoyed mild and sunny winter days on the Gold Coast in Queensland. It was wonderful to be home and see our kids and puppy again. During June we caught up with our cruise companions from Sydney with a lunch out at the iconic Brunswick Heads Pub in Northern New South Wales.
Trip to Coolum on the Sunshine Coast in our caravan visiting our daughter that lives here. We enjoyed long walks along the beach, a dinner out with our daughter and a BBQ lunch with our Coolum family and friends.
I was absolutely over the moon to learn that my son was getting engaged. He proposed to his beautiful girlfriend in a very romantic fashion and they’re getting married in September 2018.
Something that I have wanted to do for many years, is the challenging climb of Mount Warning in Northern New South Wales. At the end of August I finally scaled this beast of a mountain, scrambling up a vertical rockface to reach the summit and take in the magical views from the top.
We set off on a two and a half week holiday to Vietnam and Laos, taking in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Sapa and then Luang Prabang in Laos.
We spent a lovely long weekend at Wooli and Minnie Water in Northern New South Wales, west of Grafton.
My annual work retreat was spent in a luxurious holiday home perched on a hill overlooking Clarke’s Beach in Byron Bay. Although we did have a couple of meetings we still had plenty of free time to enjoy this Northern New South Wales chilled out town.
There has been heaps of highlights during December with the onslaught of the festive season and many Christmas functions and get togethers. But the highlight was a lunch in Brisbane at South Bank with some of my mature-aged blogging friends and to actually meet some of them in person for the first time. Let me introduce from left to right: Lyndall Guinery-Smith (Seize The Day), Sue Loncaric (Sizzling Towards Sixty), Jo Tracey (Jo Tracey), Me (50 Shades of Age) and Jan Robinson (Budget Travel Talk).
Here’s cheers to all of my readers and blogging friends out there in the blogosphere. I wish you all a joyful and peaceful Christmas and a New Year full of prosperity, happiness and lot’s of travel!
This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset. The Lovin’ Life Team includes:
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
merry christmas 2017