new experience

with feasting and friendships
firmly fulfilled
another holiday passes
with next year looming

had a new experience
a neighbour took me
Boxing Day shopping
not a keen shopper

I did the trip justice
got some things
I have needed and
it wasn’t so bad

still working on my garden
planted sunflowers and
snow peas, sweet peas next
my place is finally getting there

we had a few mils of rain
what a wondrous sound
lets pray more falls soon
as heat waves hit us

how have your seasonal
celebrations gone …
anything exciting to report
good company and a cavort?


  1. I tend to shop mostly at the charity shops. I rarely get new things these days. And I stay away from crowds. I do remember when I was little thought the mobs of shoppers … The best place though was the book store.

    We’ll have a celebration this eve. Just a chance to get together – I don’t go overboard on gifts since I think we give what we can and need all year round to those closest to us. The holiday is mostly for children. And my gift was an unexpected trip to see my Mom. So I can’t ask for anything more… And then there was the car repair for hubby after we got home… so that’s where our money goes 😉

    Glad you got some rain, hope you get more. Looking at a heavy fog and 32 F this morning 🙂 Yep. We’re home but I’m still in sort of vacation mode so things will be slow on my end.

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  2. Glad to hear about the rains (and the shopping! Spending money on ourselves need to happen once in awhile). It’s made the news here especially with the toll it has taken on the fire fighters.

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    • fire fighters here are volunteers and most have had a month off work = NO Pay … guess the govt. would have to send in the military if they return to work … it’s so wrong!
      How do they pay their bills …

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  3. We are in a holiday get away for a while now…i had some time writing while i communion with nature. We had our annual gift giving back home with the help of some friend who facilitated the activity. It went smoothly as planned even if we were not there. We brought smiles in the eyes of our less fortunate neighbors even in our absence.

    Happy new year Kate😊😊😊

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  4. Sounds memorable! 🙂

    I do NOT shop the day after Thanksgiving or the day after Christmas…Those are 2 of the biggest shopping days here. There isn’t anything I want that badly that I’ll fight the crowds! 😉

    I hope and pray you get more rain!
    We got rain and snow the past week…and more snow expected the next few days. I’ll box some up in a package and sent it your way. 🙂

    Our Christmas was wonderful!!! 🙂 I’m just bummed it it over now.

    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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    • lol no big crowds here … the tourists don’t arrive until this weekend so it was too dramatic 🙂

      A box of snow sounds magic, yes please? Glad you had a good time and that everyone looked after you, way to go!

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  5. Encouragement, Kate, on making a go at peas now, in early summer. Most of the varieties we grow in North America enjoy cool, even chilly, nights. Hence, we put them in as soon as the soil thaws, more or less. You are one bold gardener!

    Too bad about cloud cover making stargazing difficult (exactly the reason I missed Haley’s Comet when I was a child), but if it brings some much-needed precip. a small price to pay, true?

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  6. Love sweet peas! My celebration was the same, doing the same things but with less discord and more passion. Blessings on you, your plants and may the rains fall when you need them. You have been a wonderful friend Kate. 🤗

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  7. Sounds great! I have been to Sydney Central to shop for Christmas boxing day! There were great bargains everywhere and lots of people too. It was fun but tiring.

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  8. Sounds like a wonderful Christmas Kate. Ours was very quiet. Spoke with our daughter Sara the phone as Christmas Eve and again Christmas Day before she went to work. Lynn’s parents came up for Christmas Day and we had our traditional turkey dinner mid-day. After they left we went for a ride out in the country side to get a breath of fresh air and returned home to watch Christmas movies.

    Glad to hear you got at least a small amount of rain. A blessed sound to hear for sure. Be sure to post some pics of the garden, once things start to sprout.

    Blessings from Canada

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  9. Partial solar eclipse happened today in Karachi, after 20 years!
    I didn’t took snaps or made videos because I found out that the next one will happen in June 2020 and it will be more intense, so I will wait for that one.
    Good thing you did by going out and buying items in need. Hope to see snaps of garden in bloom 🙂

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