What a Difference


Pohutakawa tree

Our own New Zealand Christmas tree. Image via Wikipedia

What a difference a Day Year makes.

In December 2015 I was bemoaning the fact that my Late Love, the Architect had died and so 2015 was not a great year.  But I was especially grateful for all the outpouring of love and friendship that followed this.  I was looking forward to seeing the end of 2015 and a better 2016.

On this day last year, I was bemoaning the fact that I had a fractured shoulder having injured it on the same date as five years earlier I had fractured my ankle.

Earlier in the year, I had my misadventure, falling over my feet and fracturing my skull.  A visit to hospital and rehab and after several months I was back home and learning to do things for myself once again.

So in all, 2016 was not a great year but I was also very grateful for the fact that my health is good and my body is strong and my mental attitude is in the right place, so that I survived the hiccups during the year. And once again I was moved by  and grateful for  the love and support from my friends both in real life and in the blogosphere  

So on this day, I was looking forward to seeing the end of 2016 and a  better 2017.

And 2017  has been a very good year.  Totally recovered and back to normal, well normal for me.  The family members are thriving, all boys growing into fine young men.  So, as Sinatra sings :

“But now the days grow short
I’m in the autumn of the year
And now I think of my life as vintage wine
From fine old kegs
From the brim to the dregs
And it poured sweet and clear
It was a very good year .”

And here’s to 2018.  May you all have a great year, free of mishaps, sickness, and worries.  That will be my Resolution for 2018 when January 1 comes around.

And do you need a rainbow in your life?  Here’s mine to share.


My rainbow



14 responses to “What a Difference

  1. 2017 was a very good year for many of us. Thanks for being part of it! Merry Christmas my friend. ❤


  2. I am so glad 2017 was a good year for so many– me included. Love the tree in the picture–is it a Ponsietta tree? I am sure I am misspelling that. We had a beautiful one in the estate in Ayr and it looks very similar.


    • thanks BethAnn. No it is a Pohutakawa tree, referred to by many as our native Christmas tree. Maori lore has it that if it blooms early we will have a good summer and the trees are currently in full bloom.

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      • Okay that is a different type of tree. My memory of the one in Australia must be faded with time. It is beautiful and I hope you do have a good summer!


  3. You are truly an inspiration my faraway friend…and here’s to a very good 2018.


  4. Mishaps! My fear. My motto is to stay standing up. Falls lead to no good at our age. Thanks for the rainbow. Portends hope for the new year!


  5. Your rainbow is gorgeous. Best wishes for a wonderful new year!


  6. 2017 has certainly been a strange year for me from hurricane to fire to snow! Yet not a bad year and i am thankful to have survived and looking forward to what may come in 2018. May the New Year bring better things for you, Judith. Thanks for the rainbow and Christmas tree!


    • Well, Jo, we’ve had earthquakes, floods and torrential rain and drought in our country this year. It seemed that some area was suffering at any time. Now we have wonderful summer weather and Christmas is around the corner. Enjoy Christmas with your family.


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