Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!!

(playing around with the night vision option on my camera was not the best idea lol)

(I was hoping to capture the view behind me but alas it wasn't mean't to be LOL)

This is just a short note to wish all my blogging pals a very happy new year! May your 2008 be filled with love, happiness, good health, prosperity and of course, heaps of blogging!

Last night Jim, the kids and I went to a friends place in the afternoon. This kids swam for a couple of hours as it was around 32 degrees celcius and not a cloud in the sky. We ate pizza for a quick dinner then drove to a place on Sydney harbour around the Drummoyne area. We had a perfect view of the harbour bridge and the city skyline without the heinous crowds. Surrounded by a wonderful family atmosphere we set up camp with our folding chairs, picnic rug, champagne and nibbles and waited for the fireworks. They were OUTSTANDING as always! Unfortunately my camera was being very naughty and my pics didn't turn out but I'll post some professional shots of the harbour once they are uploaded onto the Sydney city website. I hope you all had a lovely evening also and I can't wait to read all of your posts and see your pics :)

Today was spent de-cluttering! I always wait till new years day to take down and pack up all my chrissy decorations. Once all the boxes are packed away back in the garage I was on a roll and gave the house a good scrub and I always love to start the new year with fresh bedding. It's amazing how much bigger the rooms look after the christmas stuff have come down lol
As it was another scorcher of a day, this evening we enjoyed another relaxing bbq under the shade of the grape vines in our backyard.

Several new years resolutions and a list of future accomplishments were made around the table including finishing my studies, obtaining part time employment within the design field, spend as much time as a family as we can, as well as the usual stuff like save money, exercise more and eat healthy lol :)

I also wanted to mention that I'll be away on a short holiday break with my family for a week from thursday so stay safe and I'll look forward to catching up with everyone when I get back.

Bye for now,

Anna :)


gattegno said...

Hello Anna, I stumbled across your blog via the "My French Life" search on google. I am looking to visit Saint Remy De Provence in September and have tentatively booked a house called "Calabrun" which it seems is not far from "Mas De Berard". The point of my comment is to ask if you have visited St Remy and environs and whether you feel it is as beautiful as the book suggests? I guess I must be a synic! I would appreciate your feedback on this.
thanks derick

annechovie said...

Happy New Year, Anna! Your daughter is gorgeous and looks just like you.

Alkemie said...

Happy New Year to you and your family Anna! I've still got to do de-cluttering myself! Have a great vacation and looking forward to catching up when you are back.


Southern Heart said...

I think that it's a nice photo...night shots can be so tricky, can't they? I hope that the New Year is off to a great start for you!

Villa Anna said...

Hi Derick,

I apologise for my delayed response. I hope you read this as you didn't leave an email address to reply you personally. I appreciate your comment and question but unfortunately I have not yet ventured to this enchanting land. It is a dream of mine to visit Provence at some point in my life. I have read countless fictional stories and design books that romanticizes the area, but I can still only imagine how truly heavenly a place it must be.

How wonderful and exciting that you are planning this trip. I did manage to visit Paris last year for the first time and as much as I adored the history and architecture and splendid gardens - the crowds I could do without lol. I googled "Calabrun" and my jaw dropped when I saw the pictures of the villa. I guess I am too much of a romantic and live in the clouds but I believe no matter what kind of person you are or what kind of holidays you're into, you will have a truly memorable time spent in provence.

I know september is 9 months away but if you remember it, I'd love for you to email me with your feedback on your holiday.


Anna :)