Friday, December 31, 2010

It's hard to wait around for something you know might never happen;

 ... but it's even harder to give up when you know it's every thing you want!!!
(starring Pomo, street dog who followed us all the way up to 3,500m altitude. She was that HUNGRY!!)

I've been home for 2 weeks now - just in time for Santa to come and go.
I shouldn't tell you that, should I, seeing I have been so remiss in keeping in touch :(
I have soooo missed you. REALLY I HAVE.
I wanted to write while I was in India (sigh)
But it just seemed a bit too complicated 
sorta like "getting my ambitions mixed up with my (internet) capabilities..."

Although "getting your ambitions mixed up with your capabilities" 
is a predominant affliction in India and one I might try to cultivate carefully afterall!

I  suitably admonished myself for my lack of will power but promised myself I would make it up to you all while in Australia picking up the Messies and visiting M'ma for 4 days...

Of course, that was rather naïve on my part...

...Paying your mother a 4 day visit when you haven't seen her for 2.5 years comes with an implicit warning... something vaguely to do with not holing yourself up in an office if you want to get your Messmonsters back ... So what could I do but hit the waves in front of the Mooloolaba surf club with my M'ma and chicks in tow.?

"What about blogging in New Zealand then?" I hear you ask.

Erm, let's just say I'm currently writing the guide on how to see 20,000 cousins, Aunts, Uncles, Grandmothers and fabulous friends in 10 different towns over 4,000km, while getting the Messmonsters to relive every possible experience I could've had before I was 11. They have come back to France proficient in Kiwi English, Aussie English and knowing what Maori airconditioning is!! We saw seals, kiwis and glow worms, smoked salmon, caught eels and trout, swam in rivers, climbed glaciers and learnt that 'If it weren't for your gumboots, where would you be?'
(Libellule would be barefoot, as usual!)
YET still NO time to blog!! 

Since I've been home the Mac has watched me forlornly from the corner while I put up the Christmas decorations, cleaned the house, shopped for Yummy Christmas dishes and swept the chimney in time for the ritual descent of the lovely man in the red suit and big black boots. 
So seeing I didn't make it in time to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and while there's a lull in the New Year's preparations, and a brief pause in the newly resumed homeschooling, I've hijacked the computer, hell bent on sending you all a humungous cyber hug complete with an explosion of colour from India...

 ... and wishing you all


May 2011 sparkle and shine brighter than bling for you.

And most of all may you all find the courage to never give up
when you know it's everything you want!!

Looking forward to catching up with you all properly next year!



  1. Welcome back, Ange!
    Here in Brooklyn, NY, it's almost 1pm as I write this. Already January back home in the Antipodes.
    So I have time to wish you some of the same.

  2. Sounds like you had a fantastic trip and as for the lack of blogging? Sometimes you just have to live your experiences and let the writing happen afterwards.

    Happy New Year

  3. I. Miss. You.
    so so happy you are back.
    love love.

  4. missed you! feeling very sad for street doggie... ; {

  5. Welcome back and Happiness in a New Year...2011! It does look like you had a grand of a journey. I am glad you did not take the time to get on the computer...I am glad you chose to give your whole self to your family and adventures with them. I know your children are thankful. You have plenty of time to share it all with us now. Well, maybe not plenty of time, but you know what I mean. While you go back to sitting next to your kiddos to supervise their schooling you can hop on the 'puter and share your travels with us....and as usual, ispIre uS aLL! ox`kerrie aka fairmaiden of sea cottage

  6. Welcome back from your exciting adventures Ange. Can't wait to hear more, and more importantly, see more about them!! Happy 2011!

  7. Oh, Ange! I was so excited to see that you had left a post. Welcome home! I know you've had an amazing experience that you will share when time permits. I'm content knowing that you are safely back home and all is well. Glad you had family visits and great adventures.
    All the best to you, dear friend. "You to me are unique in all the world!"
    Happy New Year! ~ Sarah

  8. So good to see a post from you Ange! Oh the heartbreak of a hungry sweet puppy. But so joyful to know you have made a trip to visit family and then to have an opportunity to explore the exotic scenery of India too. Welcome back, in time for the start of a fresh new year, with time to explore your dreams and make your wishes come true! xoxo ~Lili

  9. Happy 2011 dear Ange..
    You were definitely a bright spot in my 2010!! Wishing you and hubby and kiddies.. and your beautiful mum all the very best for 2011... lots of love.. xxx Julie

  10. And Namaste to you Ange! I have missed you... I hope that you had the time of your life...Can't wait to hear about it in 2011 after you catch up!

  11. ah, you are back, returned to the world where we get wee glimpses into your fun and wonderful life. Yea!
    I look forward to what you share with us about your adventures.
    I wish you a wonderful 2011, may it be full to overflowing with days that feel wonderful to you.


  12. Happy 2011, Ange, and may it bring you more of the travel, friendship and excitement that has coloured your blog so luminously this year.

  13. God bless you, Ange. It's lovely to "hear" your voice. Hopefully you feel safe in the knowledge that you are universally adored and the last thing your bloggy pals would want you to feel is guilty for not posting. We get it. We're all busy. Live first, blog second. Sounds like you had an amazing time. Looking forward to sharing 2011 with you! Meredy xo

  14. Weeee! You're back! I'm happy you had such great adventures but even happier to live them through you with your promised posts!

    Happy Shiny Brand New Year, Ange!

  15. i ll take that bit of courage... thx. its been an intense year and im not sorry to see the last of 2010 but i trust with my whole heart that i will make the best of this one.
    much love and happiness to you !!
    glad you re back
    ~laura xx

  16. I love your pictures, your words - what a lovely post. And no, you never have time to blog when you return to see family and friends whom you haven't seen for ages. We experience that every time we go home to Germany to see all the family and friends.
    Happy New Year to you as well. I look forward to reading more from/by you.

  17. Hello Ange,
    GREAT to have you back! I've missed you!
    I hope you had a fruitful journey and hopefully 2011 will see the realization of your dream.
    Let's try to talk soon to catch up.

  18. YAY! Welcome back toy our virtual home!
    we missed you & look forward to
    seeing the new year through your
    observations & creations.

  19. ~ah...good morning little lady...gone but so far from forgotten...i have thought of you often as the months have passed hoping and wishing for your return here!!! i am happy all is well and wish for you only a wonderful year in which the road continues to rise to meet you and exceeds all your dreams and expectations...much love light and blessings be with you and yours~

  20. So NICE to read your post!!! Beautiful pictures! I wish you a Great Happy New Year and I really hope to be able to catch up with you ASAP ;-))
    Good luck to you though, I know it's not always easy to get back home and get everything started again! 20 years of flying, ... I guess I know a bit about that ;-)
    Lots of Love xx

  21. Missed you terribly and so glad your back. Your adventures seem too good to be true. Lucky, lucky you. I’ve been stuck and home and long for an adventure to some exotic location. 2011? maybe.

  22. How did I miss this post until now? So glad I found it this morning. You, my lovely, have been far too busy living amazing adventures to blog, which is a VERY good thing in my book! Selfishly, though, I'm happy to see you back! And these photos are wonderful!

    WIshing you a beautiful year, Ange!

    Love and huge hugs,

  23. I'm an interior designer from Melbourne, Australia - I loved your blog, I found it very inspiring. This is all new to me but I have just set up my own blog
    You may like to check it out because I had so much fun doing it.
    Thanks for providing me with such great entertainment!

  24. A, so glad you are back! I'll relish any post your have time to deliver; so glad to hear all is well and happy. Here's to 2011! cheers!

  25. ah, now it IS a happy new year -
    ange is back and all's right.
    even if not write, right?
    when the time comes, all in good time
    and so forth. thanks for popping in &
    thus letting me know you're about.


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