Tag: Yearly Reviews

  • Yearly Review 2022

    Yearly Review 2022

    “Though it hasn’t been in the best of circumstances, at least it’s allowed you to spend time with your family”, my friend Sue’s mum commented over lunch yesterday. We were reflecting on the significant amount of time I’ve spent in Lismore over the last eighteen months.

    Halfway through 2021, I came home for my sister, Nancy’s funeral.… Read the rest “Yearly Review 2022”

  • Yearly Review 2021

    Yearly Review 2021

    It’s mid-afternoon and I’m sitting at the kitchen table at Pat and Jack’s place in Lismore. Pat is sitting on the back verandah making her way through one of those “word game” books, and Jack is having a mid-afternoon nap on the couch. Pretty soon, we’ll be watching “The Chase” on Prime 7.… Read the rest “Yearly Review 2021”

  • Yearly Review – 2020

    Yearly Review – 2020

    It’s all “party of five” here in Sydney for NYE tonight. That’s the maximum number of people allowed in homes tonight, though I’m sure tomorrow’s newspapers will tell of stories of people who’ve breached the rules.

    The fireworks are still going ahead, without crowds around the foreshore. The cricket is going ahead next week at 50% capacity, though it wouldn’t surprise me if they revert to no crowds.… Read the rest “Yearly Review – 2020”

  • Yearly Review – 2019

    Yearly Review – 2019

    It’s the morning of December 28th, and I’m sitting at the kitchen table at Pat’s place in Lismore. Pat is wandering around the house doing bits and pieces. Jack and John are sitting on the verandah discussing the state of the world (from fishing licences to global warming).

    Over the last few years, things have been a little troubled, due to the disruptive behaviour of one family member, but things seem to have settled down this year, since he’s received some help.… Read the rest “Yearly Review – 2019”

  • Yearly Review – 2018

    Yearly Review – 2018

    “Where will you live? Will you live in Goonellabah?”, a relative asked me on the phone the other night, when I told her about my retirement plans, which involve returning to my hometown, Lismore. “Oh no, not Goonellabah, but most definitely somewhere on the hill, probably East Lismore”, I told her.… Read the rest “Yearly Review – 2018”

  • Yearly Review – 2017

    Yearly Review – 2017

    “I’m not sure I can make it all the way to the midnight fireworks”, I said to my friend Kate, as we spoke earlier today about plans for New Year’s Eve in Sydney, where we have tickets to the celebration at Barrangaroo. “Don’t worry”, she said, “I’ll bring a blanket, and if we need to, we can have a little nap”.… Read the rest “Yearly Review – 2017”

  • Yearly Review – 2016

    Yearly Review – 2016

    So, it’s the end of 2016, and I’m currently in Lismore where I’m spending time with my family. Although I’m working through the Christmas/NY period (while colleagues with families take a break), it’s been great having a few public holidays on the back of the weekends. It’s been a busy year at work, as you may have read about in the papers.… Read the rest “Yearly Review – 2016”

  • Yearly Review – 2015

    Yearly Review – 2015

    2015 has definitely been a year of ups and downs. Highlights/lowlights of the year have included some wonderful overseas travel, a life-changing meeting with a family member, the near-loss of one close family member due to a heart-attack, and sadly, in the days before Christmas the loss of another close family member due to cancer.… Read the rest “Yearly Review – 2015”

  • Yearly Review – 2014

    Yearly Review – 2014

    Half way through the year, Sue and I went on a trip to China. When she first spotted the “Nexus Holidays China Sampler” late last year, we both thought it sounded “too good to be true”. For about the cost of a return flight from Sydney to Beijing (about $1200-$1300), the sampler price also included an internal flight from Beijing to Shanghai, accommodation in “five star hotels”, about three quarters of the meals, tour guide support, and entry to lots of major tourist attractions.… Read the rest “Yearly Review – 2014”