The end, but there is a beautiful new beginning just around the corner…..

Not long now and it will be 2016.  For me, I will be spending the last remnants of 2015 in the company of some wonderful friends (Lizzie and Dougie who have just been the most beautiful of blessings in our life) and I will also see out the old year in the presence of the rock band Skeeterz ….which Dougie also happens to be the drummer in.  So what better way to farewell a rather big year than that.  I will also be heading back to Australia at the beginning of next year too so that in itself is pretty darn special.

Given it is so very close to the end of the year I have been tidying up a few things which has also involved looking through, cataloguing and cleaning up my photos.  This task has put me in a lovely reflective mood as some of the photos I have looked at were taken just a few days before we left America. These images portray good times and happy memories with some of our dearest friends.

Sometimes, you can’t easily shake the sadness such as we have experienced, especially under the circumstances, but when you have wonderful people in your life you know you are truly fortunate indeed.  Our friends stood by us, supported us, comforted us and helped us through one of the most difficult of times. They laughed with us and cried with us and leaving them was very difficult but we know in our hearts some of these friendships will be with us for a lifetime and for that, we know we are blessed beyond words.

Just a small snapshot of those last few days…..

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The very last photos taken of Gus and Zoe before they went to the boarding kennel….

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Wishing you all the most wonderful 2016.  May all of your dreams come true. Thank you so much for following my blog during 2015, and for some since its inception in 2013.  Your support really has meant the absolute world.  I was not aware until I received my ‘stats’ from WordPress a couple of days ago, that I have had several thousand hits on my site this year alone and that many followers from 48 different countries.  That is so inspiring and I thank you all once again.  I love writing my blog and when you find something that you love you never feel as though it is a task.  I also believe that when you wake up each day with the thought that something wonderful…no matter how small, is going to happen, then its going to be a pretty good day all round.

See you all next year.   Happy New Year and cheers xxx

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20 thoughts on “The end, but there is a beautiful new beginning just around the corner…..

  1. Awww, looking good little Miss Cuteness. We don’t see near enough of you on your blog. In fact, we don’t see much of you at all. Maybe that should be a “new years resolution” for you 🙂 Happy New Year oceangirl63 x

    1. Thank you Megan….yes, it was pretty good and I was in very good company at the time too so that made for a great night as I was having dinner with my drummer and his beautiful wife. See you next year x

  2. Wishing you a wonderful new years and a great 2016 ‘oceangirl’. I have followed your blog for so long now that I feel I almost know you. I am so glad you put a snap of yourself up, that was a lovely way to end 2015.

  3. Love your happy snaps, such a great way to end the year. Happy new year to you oceangirl63. Cant wait to see what you get up to next year 🙂

  4. Every time I have read your blog you have been somewhere that I have been or you write about somewhere that I am going. I am hoping to one day run into you somewhere in the world so thank you for putting a photo up finally so we all know who to look out for while we trek about. Thank you for all of the sweet words you write. Keep writing because I will keep reading. Happy new year, Billy

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment Billy. Who knows what lies ahead for any of us and yes, perhaps our paths will cross one day. We just never know what is in store. I will definitely keep writing my blog, have a wonderful new year x

  5. I didn’t realize that was who writes all of the blog posts that I have enjoyed so much. Thank you for that and I look forward to hitting your site again next year. That sounds so funny but it is only tomorrow night that we will have a new year. Have a great night seeing the band. Rock on!!! 🙂

    1. Hello Arman and thank you for your great comment. Yes, I tend to keep a very low profile in the photo section of the blog but thought I would post one given the year is coming to a close 🙂 Shall definitely rock on tonight….have a great new years yourself x

  6. Wishing you a very happy 2016 oceangirl63.

    I have a comment but I am not sure if it is more of an observation or question but I hope you can clear it up for me. I have been reading your blog for quite awhile and I often worry about you. You seem to go it alone to explore and some places you go I would never go on my own plus you are now living alone in another country. Do you ever get scared or worried or nervous? I know my family and friends but especially my parents would worry so much about me especially if I moved and lived overseas somewhere. Take care and stay safe always x

  7. Thank you for lovely comment Emma and happy new year. I guess my answer to you would be that I am a pretty good traveler, independent and I have a great sense of direction and adventure which probably helps. One thing I will say is that I always try to appear confident (even when I am not) and I try not to look like a tourist. I will admit there have been a few times where I have thought it not a good idea to be somewhere I have found myself and I get myself out pretty quickly. I just love to travel and I do so love living in another country that any worry I have is always dispersed by my immense gratitude to be there. I know that some of my friends and family do worry but I think they know that I can take care of myself and I would not do anything of great risk. Would I like to live in another country again! Absolutely xx

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