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Prattlings of a blogger out of hibernation.


How fast the last seven weeks have flown by. Seven weeks, since I last added a post here at Home Life!

My regular routine kicked in toward the end of last year, which is being overly busy around the end of the year and the beginning of the new year, with work. I should be used to it by now, I’ve been working the same way for the last twenty-seven years.

The weather is turning cooler at night, bringing beautiful folds of mist to the valley in the mornings.
The weather is turning cooler at night, bringing beautiful folds of mist to the valley in the mornings.

Twenty-seven years! I can hardly believe that I’ve done the same work, year in, year out, for that amount of time.

Making school uniforms from home has had its benefits throughout those years. It helps that I love to sew, the business has grown (or shrunk!) depending on the stage my life has been at, at various times. It has been a portable business too. I began the business when living in Sydney and it moved north with me twenty-one years ago and continued to flourish. And you know what the best part of my business has been? I have been at home for my children, during their growing years.

My children are all grown up now though, all except for Adam, but he is a teenager and will be finished school by the end of next year. And being a boy, he isn’t demanding either!

Miss Tibbs is always contented, so long as she has food and a warm place to snuggle.
Miss Tibbs is always contented, so long as she has food and a warm place to snuggle.

I’ve been thinking about me lately, about what I want to do myself, where I want to be, the work I want to do. I think the time has come for change.

During the last couple of weeks I’ve caught up on life, you know, cleaning the house, tidying a few things up, getting through some paperwork and sorting through my desk. Doing the things I don’t have time to do when I’m making uniforms for schools.

This week I began catching up with some of my blogging friends. I haven’t caught up with everyone yet, but I will. And I’ve written, lots.

Little Butcher Bird, waiting for his breakfast.
Little Butcher Bird, waiting for his breakfast.

On my family history blog, I’ve added a story of some old postcards, from Whitley Bay. Next, I’m looking forward to writing about my grandfather. I’m really loving the way this blog is progressing, albeit slowly! All of the posts I write seem to come together so effortlessly and I really love the look of the website. It’s very personal to me, like my baby, and a site which I am hoping that future generations will also appreciate in time.

It’s been nearly a year since I wrote for “A Sense of Spirit”, but I finally did so yesterday. I have so many ideas of stories to add there, yet when I do begin to write them, sometimes the words don’t come easy. Yesterday’s post, however, simply bubbled onto the page! When I feel what I am writing, deep in my heart, the words flow so easily. On the downside, the writing can leave me emotionally exhausted! I must attempt to at least write one post a week there though.

Tibouchinas flower spring and autumn. They are now covered in beautiful autumn purpleness.
Tibouchinas flower spring and autumn. They are now covered in beautiful autumn purple-ness.

In “Memoirs of my Life” I remembered my dad’s birthday. He would have turned ninety-three last weekend, if he were still here. I added a photo on the post of the two of us, hand in hand, taken only about a month after we lost my mum. Dad was so sad at that time and seemed to never smile, so unusual for him as he was such a happy man. I love the photo though.

This week, I have even written a few poems, something that I used to do years ago, yet haven’t even attempted in the longest time. Surprisingly the words seemed to flow easily and I even started up a brand new baby blog to add them to. (I’m not promoting that blog here, by the way!) An awful lot of poets have already discovered the new blog, adding “likes” to some of my poems. I feel rather wary of some of the poetry I have read by some of these people though, as I have read what I would describe as some really “dark” words! Poems that include glass to cut with, and rivers of blood. Eeeeekk! Perhaps I live a very sheltered life, but I prefer to read poetry with meaning, or at the very least, uplifting! Having said that, some of the poems I have read have really made me smile; a good thing!

Palm trees, wighed down with bunches of palm seeds, looking stunning against the mist.
Palm trees, weighed down with bunches of palm seeds, looking stunning against the mist.

So, while I have been writing, and contemplating change, I have decided that I will see if I can find a buyer for my little business. I would hate to just leave my customers high and dry, with no supplier of their school shirts. Besides, I have more sewing machines than I need, if I stop with this business. There is someone out there who is looking for just what I have to sell, so when they find me, and I find them, we will both be happy!

When I think of selling my business, I feel so liberated! Time for me, to keep up-to-date with my life, all year round! Time to take more walks, to take more photos, to start up something new, something that fits my life more comfortably, work-wise!

My lovely friend, Larry the Kookaburra, is still frequenting my garden restaurant.
My lovely friend, Larry the Kookaburra, is still frequenting my garden restaurant.

Having spent so much time in “blogging hibernation”, I have prattled on a bit today! I’ve added a few photos to break up my ramblings a bit, with no particular theme, just photos taken recently that I like.

It’s good to be back and I sincerely hope that this time I’m back, I won’t be disappearing for weeks on end, ever again. πŸ™‚

14 thoughts on “Prattlings of a blogger out of hibernation.

  1. Thanks for sharing this peek at what’s been going on in your life. I suppose the one thing we can all count on in life is change, and if we can embrace the change how much better our lives might be. I love the photos you’ve added: the landscape is gorgeous and I find your birds fascinating.


    1. It’s good to see you Karma. πŸ™‚ I think that without change we would all live very boring lives, although some changes can be a bit scary at times. As you say, if we embrace the changes our lives can only improve. No decision can ever be a wrong decision, if it’s where our hearts are leading us. πŸ™‚


  2. Phew – glad you’re back!

    That is really an accomplishment to have spent 27 years doing something you love. I am giving being an author a go, but it’s slow going and a bit discouraging. I wish I could be as sure of things as you are!

    Good luck with your walks and new endeavors, whatever they turn out to be. ❀


    1. Thanks Stacy, it’s good to be back. πŸ™‚

      The only thing I’m actually sure about really is handing my little business over to someone else. I have ideas of what I want to do, but I’ll be going with the flow, so to speak, and seeing where these ideas lead me.

      I love reading what you write Stacy! I’ve heard so many stories of now famous authors who felt discouraged at times and considered giving up on their dream, but they didn’t. I have learned over the last few years that my heart never leads me astray, so listen to your heart, it knows what’s right for you. ❀


  3. I think we all need those phases of our lives – the time to work, to raise our children, to satisfy our needs with a career or a job – and then the time for ourselves. Life is short, relatively speaking, and for me it is essential to have that time for me – for what I want to do. Retirement and the health and energy to enjoy it is a blessing. Good luck on your future choices!


    1. Thank you Carol. πŸ™‚ I’ll let you all know where this idea eventually leads me. Now that my youngest son only has less than two years of school left, I am thinking about some “me” time. πŸ™‚


    1. Aww, thank you Stacy! I like the way you have set up a page for your blogroll, instead of having the widget down the side (which can look a bit messy!) I may just follow suit on my blog! πŸ™‚


  4. Wow! That sounds like a big change, Joanne. This seems to be the year for big changes. I love all the images in this post, and it’s good to see you making the rounds again. πŸ™‚


    1. It’s great to be out and about again Robin. I need the change to give me some consistency in my life. When I’m working, it’s full-on for about four to six months, so it appears that I have disappeared off the face of the earth, then there’s nothing much at all for the rest of the year.

      It’s so good to see you here today. A break from your packing must be a relief at times. πŸ™‚


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