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Happy New Year to you!

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I hope you are having a good start to 2015?

L and I spent our New Year’s Eve at home with colds … but we had champagne and watched fireworks out of our back window! 🙂

One of my New Year resolutions – that’s right! I’ve made too many more than one! 😛 – is to get back to blogging. I miss writing, sharing my photos and keeping in touch with you guys!

Last year was a hard one for many reasons, which was mostly the reason for my silence. But here I am at the start of this next year – with more-than-plenty of challenges coming, that’s for sure! – but with exciting things happening and new things to experience! I can say without a doubt that I will say many silly things, do too many crazy things and take many many more than I need photos!! 😉

One new experience for this year – for both you and me! – is that I will be writing about the hard, dark things as well as the easy, bright things. I hope that this doesn’t scare you away, but just helps to bring a realistic slant to my blog.

I hope you’ll join me for the ups and downs of 2015!

Have you got new – exciting or scary! – changes happening this year?

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Happy Christmas!!!

Happy Christmas everyone!

I hope you have some truly happy times over Christmas and much joy and peace in the year 2014 to come!

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There are many lovely Christmas things I would like to tell you about …

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We decorated our tree with two of L’s work colleges, along with our own mulled wine and festive snacks …

I’ve been finding (with a little help from the husband!), sewing, sticking, painting and wrapping Christmas gifts for friends and family …

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I held a Gingerbread Party for my friends and my sisters …

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… we had so much fun decorating gingerbread men that my friend A and myself had made!

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My personal favourite was Eve – complete with a little red apple in her hand! Go C!! 😉

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I cooked up a two course Christmas meal just for my hubby and I, with inspiration from the latest Masterchef The Professionals Series … although thank goodness I’m not being judged on the final result!! 😛

(Pickled Beetroot with Grilled Goats Cheese and Walnuts, followed by Shin of Beef braised in Red Wine, with Bacon-wrapped Potato Cakes, Roasted Shallots and tenderstem broccoli.)

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I baked, fed with brandy, iced and decorated three Christmas cakes for friends and family …

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And we got to attended the lovely Christmas wedding of two wonderful, God-loving friends and celebrate with their blood and church families!

My faithful little camera broke and although L thankfully has one he never uses, it is taking quite a bit of getting used to – hence the lack of photos! 😛 Our internet connection is also playing around, so I can’t always upload/download things when I want to …

If this was not the case, you would have had more photos and blog posts from me … I miss talking to you!

My first resolution for next year: learn how to use L’s camera so it takes photos I like!!

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Have times of much love with your families, peace in the midst of trouble, happiness in the small things, joy in the greatest gift of all time and the hope of things to come!!

Our love,

Mr and Mrs Moose

Slow Start

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The New Year is supposed to be a time for fresh starts – in life and on our blogs. I think my life wasn’t listening when that announcement was made. Either that or it’s being deliberately contrary. Or maybe both.

That’s why you haven’t seen me in a while.

The first week or so was ok; getting back into the swing of things after Christmas, getting back on top of housework, registering for some courses, getting excited about new cooking ideas. The normal kind of stuff.

Then the doctors surgery or the pharmacy messed up the prescription timings of some medication I take. They say you have to be off it for a good number of days before you feel a difference … in my case, make it the same evening. I had no medication for four days, so that nicely wiped out a week to two weeks for me.

Right, let’s start again. L and I went on our church weekend away, with lots of teaching and some really good conversations with people. What better way for a boost?

I was so exhausted from the weekend that I caught a really bad coldy-fluey thing, which I am still fighting as I write … bye bye to another two weeks.

Enough is enough! I have a life to live, a husband to care for, photos to take, a blog to write, food to cook … oh yes, and a house to clean … ! 😉

This weekend we are going to be travelling up country for the christening of our nephew, which will be a lovely time to see family. After that, I plan on being around a lot more, so prepare yourselves!! 😛

I have a question for you:

Is there anything particular you would like me to write about?!