Monday, 15 December 2008

Season's Greetings

After more months of silence, and so many wonderful messages from blogging friends, I must tell you what I'm doing. In my last post I said I was leaving the beach for a new life in the country. That was what we'd planned but since then we've looked at lots of properties and have finally settled on a smaller block of land, 1 acre, but big enough to have a beautiful established garden, a tennis court, a solar heated swimming pool, a big vegetable garden, fruit trees, a huge shed for my son and a large house for the young family and a very generous separate apartment for me. And as if this is not enough, there is a workshop, just waiting to be set up for book binding!

This is in a semi-rural area but, wonder of wonders, it's on the Central Coast of NSW, not far from Sydney and there are the most beautiful beaches within a ten minute drive. So now I'm really happy. Back to the beach... can't wait.

I'm moving out of my little Coogee house on Wednesday 17 December and will stay with my son and his family at Galston for a month, until we all move together to our new home at Wamberal. This means I'm packing my computer and will probably be silent again for a while, though I'll try to keep reading all your posts once I'm not frantically packing and making books. The last thing to go in the removalist's van will be my binding bench and materials. I have a large box of books waiting for the courier to deliver to the shop for Christmas.

We'll be celebrating Christmas at Galston with my 92 year old mother and all my family. This will be the first Christmas that Sophia, nearly 3, will really appreciate and Lucilla, at 8 months, will enjoy all the excitement as well. The little girls are such a joy and I feel very privileged to be such a part of their lives.


I wish everyone a joyous Christmas and holiday season and hope we all have a wonderful year to come.

8 comments:

  1. Blogger has been eating comments again!!!!
    I came here to say good luck and all that stuff. May the removalist NOT reverse into your gate posts!(Twice!)

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  2. That's wonderful Carol! So nice to see you posting again.

    Love, Dana

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  3. Carol, so good to read from you again! The place you will be going to sounds really nice, and I'm already curious to see some pics about it once you're settled. I wish you and your beloved ones a wonderful Christmas time and all the best for a happy new year! Astrid

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  4. Wow, it wounds like a heavenly solution. I just hope with all that going on with the property and grandbabies and book binding, that you'll still have time for blogging, Carol!

    Merry Christmas.

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  5. How fantastic Carol. I hope you have a great Christmas with surely a lot to look forward to in the new year.
    x

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  6. Carol, have you seen the book "People of the book" by Geraldine Brooks? It has female book conservator, Sydney and Vienna, among other things. I bought it thinking of you and it's promising to be a good read.

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  7. New Year New Home! Good luck with the move and look forward to seeing all your new creations. Lesley

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  8. Dearest Carol:
    Your friendship is one of the kindest things I have found in this past year. May you enjoy the pitter patter of your grand-daughters feet on Christmas Morning.

    Love, Dana

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