The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - FRONT PAGE - With edi­tor Robyn Wil­lis robyn.wil­lis@news.com.au

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.

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