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2018: A Reflection

  • December 31, 2018
  • By 50 Shades
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2018: A Reflection

2018: a reflection. What can I say? In one word it was colossal! Apart from having a six week caravan trip, the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, a cruise to New Zealand and our son’s wedding, we also sold our house of 15 years and moved to a new town. 2018 was one hell of a year!

When I look back on the year that was there were many special moments, memorable events and a few holidays thrown into the mix. The beauty of owning an iPhone is that it not only takes great photos, but it posts the date of the photos and also the location. So without further ado here is my summary of 2018:

January

2018: A Reflection

A kangaroo striking a pose at Trial Bay Gaol ruins in South West Rocks

The new year started with a day at the Brisbane International Tennis during Australia’s Summer of Tennis, a night out to see one of my favourite 1980’s rockstars – Bryan Adams live in concert, and then embarking on a six week caravan trip down along the Murray River to South Australia and Kangaroo Island.

February

2018: A Reflection

Vivonne Bay at Kangaroo Island

We visited my brother in Ulladulla on the South Coast of NSW on my birthday. Then we continued our caravan trip down to the Murray River stopping to see many of the great towns along the way and visiting childhood friends and family. Once we reached South Australia, we spent 8 wonderful days on Kangaroo Island immersed in the natural beauty and variety of wildlife on this magical island.

March

2018: A Reflection

Vineyard in the Barossa Valley

We started our journey back to the Gold Coast in Queensland, spending a few days in wine heaven at the Barossa Valley, then headed across the Outback to places like Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Cobar and then through central New South Wales. Eventually we reached the Queensland border at Goondiwindi. On return we attended the final of the World Surf League Quiksilver Pro at Kirra Beach.

April

2018: A Reflection

Yarra River in Melbourne

I slipped away for a girl’s weekend away with my daughter to Melbourne, attended the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and started getting our house ready for sale.

May

2018: A Reflection

Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival

Open for house inspections and the frustrating process of keeping a house in pristine condition for prospective buyers dominated the month of May. We managed to have a night out at Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival for some fantastic free entertainment and good vibes.

June

2018: A Reflection

Our views from our lunch spot at St Bernards Hotel on Tamborine Mountain

A day trip to Tamborine Mountain to enjoy a stroll down Gallery Walk and a superb lunch at St Bernard’s Hotel, with views to die for. Later on in the month I got aboard a Whale Watching Cruise with three other travel bloggers on a media trip out into the seas off the Gold Coast, where we witnessed a couple of Humpback Whales heading north to warmer waters.

July

2018: A Reflection

Burleigh Heads Beach in Winter

Gold Coast Winters are renowned for being sunny and mild. I enjoyed many strolls along Burleigh Beach and through the National Park. We finally got a contract of sale on our home.

August

2018: A Reflection

A baby Kookaburra visiting our home at Burleigh Heads

With the settlement of our house imminent, the packing process began in earnest and trying to find a place to rent took priority. We had a visit from this cheeky baby Kookaburra on the front deck of our house.

September

2018: A Reflection

Views to the south from Double Island Point

We moved into a rental house right on the Tweed River and enjoyed watching life on the river and the walking path that runs adjacent. We managed to slip away for a few days to see friends in Noosa and spent a couple of days camping at Double Island Point, north of Noosa in Cooloola National Park. Later on in the month our son married the girl of his dreams in a heart-warming wedding ceremony at Beechmont in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

October

2018: A Reflection

The newly refurbished Kingscliff Foreshore and Parklands

Construction commenced on our new house in Kingscliff in New South Wales, just across the border of Queensland. We spent our weekends exploring our new home, The Tweed and the beaches of the Southern Gold Coast.

November

2018: A Reflection

Verdant countryside around Mullumbimby

The beginning of the month started with a long weekend away to a work retreat in the Byron Hinterland near Mullumbimby. Towards the end of November we spent a few days catching up with our daughter for an early Christmas celebration at Coolum Beach.

December

2018: A Reflection

Aerial view of our ship in the Bay Of Islands in New Zealand

We started the month in style aboard a cruise ship that sailed from Auckland in New Zealand and cruised around both the North and South Islands for an incredible 8 days before sailing back to Sydney in Australia. On our return we hit the ground running with the usual pre-Christmas rush and spent Christmas Day with our daughter-in-law’s parents in the Gold Coast Hinterland at Beechmont.

2019 will be another epic year for us with a couple of holidays planned to Bali, Sri Lanka and The Maldives. We will also be moving into our brand new house in Kingscliff in February and more importantly we will be welcoming our first grandchild in July.

I will be having a blogging break during the next few months, but hope to check in occasionally.

Wishing every day of the new year to be filled with success, happiness and prosperity for you, Happy New Year!

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By 50 Shades, December 31, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy 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, photography, 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.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy 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, photography, 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.

10 Comments
  • Jan Wild
    December 31, 2018

    What a huge year you have had, and another one ahead. How exciting to be welcoming a new home and a grandchild. Enjoy!

    • Kathy
      January 2, 2019

      Thank you Jan. 2019 is going to be an exciting year. Wishing you all the best for the New Year.

  • Pinky Poinker
    December 31, 2018

    What a great year! I wish you a happy new year in 2019 Kathy xxx

    • Kathy
      January 2, 2019

      It was a fabulous year and this year is going to be even better! Happy New Year to you too. xx

  • Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
    January 1, 2019

    Well you’ve certainly been busy and lots of interesting things to keep you busy – love the idea of a brand new house AND a brand new grandbaby (they are the best thing in the world!) Interesting that you’re having a blogging break – I think about it occasionally, then get a second wind – so the break never seems to actually happen. I’ll pop in to check for new updates as the year progresses – happy 2019 xx

    • Kathy
      January 2, 2019

      Yes I’ve been extremely busy and running myself ragged trying to keep up with everything. I figured the blog just needed to put on the back burners for now. However I miss it already and will probably squeeze out a blog or two! Happy New Year Leanne!

  • Life Images by Jill
    January 18, 2019

    All the best for the year ahead Kathy, It looks like you have lots planned.

  • Estelle Anderson
    January 21, 2019

    What a great year you enjoyed Kathy! Good luck with your brand new home and of course the grand baby.Best wishes for another super year in 2019.

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