2012 in review

December 31, 2012 at 11:44 am | Posted in Experiences, Family, Health, History, Mental Health, Society, Special Occasions, Tourism, War and Conflict, Writing and Life | 2 Comments
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

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Hello readers. I haven’t blogged nearly as much as I’d intended this year. However, when I look back, I realise I haven’t done too badly. As with you all, I have had health and other issues to face, but I think I have come through the year pretty well.

I would like to thank all those who have been kind enough to follow this little blog, and especially those who have commented on my posts. It is always great to receive feedback.

The most viewed and commented on post was The Long Goodbye, which really struck a chord for many people.DSCN5516 (1024x768)

My dad is still there, living at home on his own. However his short-term memory is gone and the longer-term memory is all mixed up. Fortunately, he knows his children still. He has lots of visiting care workers, as well as my sister who goes over to see to specific needs a couple of times a day. I make the trip (4-5 hours each way) every couple of weeks and spend a few days with him to give my sister a break. Dad is still so accepting and positive, and we can still have conversations about general things. He is a wonderful man.

I have posted several times about reading and writing, and those posts have also attracted lots of views and some comments. Perhaps the most popular was When do you know when you’ve found a good author?

Travel or tourist posts have been popular, including Mystery Bay, The Entrance and Kiama Blowhole.

A couple of philosophical posts attracted a few comments. I think we all tend to look back and wonder what effect the past has had on out present selves. Bringing Back the Past and Whose Tradition? were popular, but What would you go back and change? topped them.

And finally, Making Lists brought out those who like to make sure they don’t forget to do those important things that may be lost to memory if not written down.

2012 has been a rather tumultuous year, with political, social, religious and economic instability in evidence around the world. It has been a difficult one personally for many of you, with illness, loss of loved ones and other issues taking their toll on confidence and optimism.

I hope that 2013 brings a much more positive and creative approach to solving both the problems in the world and your own personal challenges. Wishing you all peace, health and happiness for the year ahead. And I hope to see you here again through 2013, the Chinese Year of the Snake.

Regards to all, Linda  

Happy NewYear 2013

Quizz: How Australian Are You?

December 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Posted in Australia, Experiences, Tourism | 6 Comments
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I saw this on a thread at Goodreads, and thought I would use it as my blog entry, seeing I have been so busy lately. Here are my answers to the questions posed:

 

Have you:

Heard a kookaburra laughing.       YES; usually every day119 Linda&King brown.Nov.91
Slept under the stars in a swag.     YES; many times
Seen a koala in the wild.                    YES
Had a barby in the backyard.         YES
Watched a summer thunderstorm.  YES; many times
Worn a pair of thongs (flip-flops for non-Aussies).   YES
Visited Cape York.         NO
Held a snake.                    YES
Sang along with Khe San.    NO (who are they?)
Drank VB.                     YES, but don’t like it much
Have seen a shark (not in captivity).      YES
Have used Aussie slang naturally in a conversation.  YES
Eaten hot chips from a paper bag at the beach.     YES
Walked/climbed over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.     NO, only under it
Used an outside dunny, and checked under the seat before sitting down.   YES
Ridden camels on the beach at Broome.      NO – but I have in Alice Springs
Slept on an overnight train or bus.     YES, between Alice Springs & Adelaide
Been to Sydney’s Mardi Gras.      NO
Have gone bush-bashing.          YES
Taken a sickie.        YES
Been to see a game of Aussie Rules football.   NO
Ridden in a tram in Melbourne.      NO, only in Adelaide
Been at an ANZAC day Dawn Service.   YES196 Ampilatwatja sunset 12.12.1990
Watched a sunrise or sunset.          YES
Held a wombat.        NO
Been on a roadtrip of 800km or more.   YES
Seen the Great Australian Bight in person. NO
Had a really bad sunburn.    YES
Visited an Aboriginal community.    YES – I worked in them for 9 years
Seen a redback spider.      YES, lots!
Had your photo taken on the steps of the Opera House.   YES
Eaten Vegemite.       YES
Thrown a boomerang.    YES
Seen the Kimberleys.      YES
Given a hitch-hiker a lift.   YES, but not in later years
Have seen wild camels.    YES; wild donkeys too
Been to Perth.         YES90 Sephie&Joey.June.91
Tried a Lemon, Lime and Bitters.   YES
Tried playing a didgeridoo.     YES
Seen dinosaur footprints.      NO
Eaten Tim Tams.      YES
Been to Darwin.       YES
Touched a kangaroo.    YES; raised a joey for some weeks
Visted the Great Barrier Reef.    NO
Sung the Australian national anthem.   YES
Killed a Cane Toad.       NO
Gone to a drive-in theatre.   YES
Have read and own books by Australian authors.  YES, lots
Visited Adelaide.     YES
Know the story behind “Eternity”. YES
Been camping.     YES77 Road to TiTree Nov.93
Visited Brisbane.     YES
Been in an outback pub.    YES
Know what the term “Waltzing Matilda” actually means. YES
Gone whale watching.     YES
Listened to Slim Dusty.    YES
Own five or more Australian movies or TV series.   YES
Sang along to Down Under by Men at Work.    YES
Have stopped specifically to look at an historic marker by the side of the road.   YES
Eaten a 4′n’20 pie.      YES
Surfed at Bondi.       NO
Watched the cricket on Boxing Day.      YES
Watched the start of the Sydney to Hobart on Boxing Day.   YES
Watched the Bathurst 1000.   NO
Visited Hobart.     NO
Eaten kangaroo.    YES; and goanna, and honey ant, and many bush foods
Seen a quokka.    YES
Visited Canberra.  YESQuokka Rottnest Island 02
Visited the rainforests.  YES
Used a Victa lawnmower.  YES; too many times to count!
Travelled on a tram in Adelaide.   YES
Used a Hills hoist.     YES
Visited Uluru.    YES
Used native Australian plants in cooking.   YES
Visited the snow.    YES
Been to a ‘Big Day Out’ concert in summer.  NO
Chosen a side in Holden VS Ford. NO
Visited the desert.   YES
Been water skiing.      NO
Read ‘The Phantom’.      YES
Visited Parliament House.      YES, both Old or New
Gone spotlighting or pig-shooting.    YES; for rabbits
Crossed the Nullarbor. (Flying over it in a plane doesn’t count) NO
Avoided swimming in areas because of crocodiles. NO
Listened to AC/DC.     YES
Called someone a dag.   YES
Voted in a Federal Election.   YES, many65 Linda&gun Rabbit Flat 5 Sep 92
Have been swimming and stayed between the flags. YES
Recited the first verse of ‘The Man From Snowy River’ in public. YES
Had a possum in your roof.      YES
Visited the outback.      YES
Travelled over corrugated roads. YES
Hit a kangaroo while driving.    YES
Been well outside any mobile phone coverage. YES
Seen an emu.     YES
Have woken to the smell of bushfires. YES
Patted a pure-bred dingo.   NO
Seen the Oils live.      NO
Talked about the weather for more than 15 minutes straight and been really interested in the conversation.   YES

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