Time to take stock and give thanks
Whenever it gets to this time of year, I always find myself wondering where the time has gone.
Indeed, when I was little and the days seemed to stretch on forever, my grandfather warned me that time would speed up the older I grew — and he was completely spot on.
In our household, this year has been a blur of school exams, plans made and plans changed, dreams put on hold and others realised.
As the kids grow, the need to extend the house has subsided, although a shift in rooms may be on the cards to better accommodate study patterns.
The shed still needs attention but this will have to wait until our builder, who’s more like a family friend, is back on his feet. For now, we’re going with the slightly ramshackle vibe in the garden.
Although there’s a Tower of Pisa-like lean to it, I’m not quite ready to let go of the old Hills hoist which still does a sterling job thanks to its prime position in the middle of the backyard.
Things have also changed on our street, with new neighbours relishing breathing life into the house next door after decades of neglect. For us, it’s meant a long overdue fence and irregular conversations with our new neighbours and their family and friends who have turned up to lend a hand.
A former commercial site on the corner also looks set to be redeveloped for government use, ending a couple of quiet years for us. But with half of Sydney under construction right now, that’s hardly unusual.
While it’s a bit of a mixed bag, there’s certainly a lot to be grateful for this Christmas, not least of which is having a place to call home when so many families struggle. So, on behalf of the Home team, we’d love to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas.
We’ll be back January 6, 2018.