Today being the first day of 2016, I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope you see it as a new opportunity, a blessing that many don’t get to enjoy. Looking back on 2015 it has been a good year for me. It was a year I needed after the last few. It was the first year since 2010 that I didn’t lose someone close to me and I was able to heal; to find “me” again. To contemplate and accept many of my life experiences and enjoy them for what they had been, but then be willing and happy to move forward into the next phase of my life. I thank my beautiful family and a handful of very dear friends who allowed me to cry and share and laugh at various times over the past few years, but I’m ready for 2016 and the many adventures and opportunities that await.
We currently have the pleasure of enjoying the company of a good friend who traveled from Canada to spend a couple of months with us. I had never met him in person, but he is an easy and fun house guest. He has been a friend of my husband’s family for many years and my husband last spent time with him about 30 years ago. Skype and social media are wonderful tools for keeping in touch but it’s been so good to get to know him personally and show him a little of this beautiful land we have called home for the last 11 years.
Instead of a cold white Christmas, he’s experienced the warm long evenings of the southern hemisphere, watching the southern cross rise, meeting a few of our friends and generally enjoying day trips around Auckland and surrounds. Seeing one’s home through the eyes of a visitor is always refreshing and makes you stop and appreciate the little things often overlooked or taken for granted in the normal day to day craziness of life.
Yesterday we spent the last day of 2015 on a drive south of Auckland to visit the lighthouse at the Manukau Harbour Heads. A longish trip, a little further than we had anticipated, but the rewarding view was well worth it.
The last few months were especially frantic while we finished some work on our home, dealt with tradespeople – that’s another whole story in itself – prepared for Christmas, birthdays, end of the school year, the arrival of a house guest and eagerly awaited summer holidays. I had neither the energy nor creativity to spend time on Chocolate Goose, which combines two of my hobbies: writing and cooking/baking. I don’t have a huge following, but thank you to all of you who take the time to read, share or comment on my posts, whether via Facebook, WordPress, Pinterest or the internet in general.
May your 2016 be filled with Peace, Love, Prosperity, Good Health and Happiness.
Angela – aka Chocolate Goose