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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Goodbye to 2017

As another year comes to an end it is time to reflect on places explored, events experienced, the good times as well as the not so good. My travels this year took me across the pond to San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Death Valley, Ottawa, Montreal, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Across the Channel to Stockholm in Sweden and Lille in France. At home I walked the Dales Way in Yorkshire, explored Rye and West Sussex and managed to explore over 20 tube stations.
 But the year was one of sorrow with the death of my mother in June, closely followed by the death of a very close friend.
 In a few hours we will celebrate the start of a new year. One full of hope, new life and happiness. We await the arrival of my daughter's second child in a couple of weeks and my son is to be married in the Summer. So there is much to celebrate

 Happy New Year to all my friends and fellow bloggers.


  1. A very happy new year to you.

  2. I am so happy to hear the news that your daughter is going to have another baby! How very exciting. I wish you exciting travels, health, and lots of laughter in the New Year, Marie. (And I also hope that maybe it is the year when we meet again for some little adventures!)

  3. I hope that the coming year will bring you lots of love and joy. Life is like that: we lose loved ones but new loved ones enter our hearts and homes. I'm glad you are doing so well right now and hope for continued blessings to surround you. :-)

  4. Happy new year! May 2018 be full of adventure.

  5. Happy New Year, may it be filled with all good things :)


  6. A happy New Year to you too. May it bring all you wish for.

  7. Lots achieved in 2017 and lots to look forward to. Happy New Year.

  8. We had a rough 2017 also in our families... SO--we are really looking forward to 2018....

    I always enjoy following you as your travel....

    Happy New Year.

  9. Happy New Year. How exciting to have two events happening soon in your family, a new grandbaby and a wedding. Look forward to seeing more of your travels too.

  10. I year of considerable ups and downs - hope '18 brings calmer seas.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  11. You have crammed a lot into 2017 and I hope you do so in 2018. Sorry for your losses and I hope the pain was bearable over the festive season. I love your blogs.

  12. A Happy New Year to you too with less sorrows.

  13. I am always amazed at how much you get around....and love that you take us all along.
    We too have had some sadness this year and are hoping for a brighter 2018. One of my daughters is also having her second which should be here in about three weeks.
    I hope you keep blogging...seems so many have stopped.....Keep those walking shoes on! Janey

  14. Hello, wow you have done some traveling in 2017. That is awesome. Sorry for your losses, I wish you peace and comfort. You do have much to look forward to with the new baby and your son's wedding. Thank you for all your visits and comments on my blog in 2017. I wish you and yours all the best in 2018, happy New Year! Have a great day and new week!

  15. You had wonderful year in 2017 despite the loss of your Mom and also another friend ~ Change is the one constant we have ~ A new baby coming ~ how exciting! and son's wedding ~ Sounds like a another good year!

    Wishing you a Happy New Year,
    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  16. Happy New Year to you as well Marie! The losses seem to come more frequently as we age -- but the joys too I think (or perhaps I just notice the contrast more)..... You had some amazing travels and adventures last year and I'm sure you will have this one as well -- and there are those non-travel related joys with your family to look forward to. Life is good!

  17. Hi Marie,
    I am just catching up with blogs and I wish you every good thing for 2018. You inspire me and guide me as I begin to move beyond Les' death and look towards the future.
    Jaqueline xxx


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