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.
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