It might be a bit of a cliche to write a New Years Eve post reviewing the year but if I don't do my own year who will.
2010 began at Narooma like it had so many years in the past but may never happen again. Raels didn't have a good time, not only was it a reminder of my past life for her but she had to spend a fair bit of time working and with work comes stress and she couldn't relax properly.
At the end of 2009 her two kids, young adults really, were living with us, my second son after being asked to leave the family home needed somewhere to live and my youngest daughter was with us every second weekend. We have a small three bedroom house and had decided around Christmas time 2009 that we needed something bigger so on returning from holidays we spent every weekend looking for land and in late January put a deposit on a block of land in an estate called "The Avenue at Casey".
Work continued and responsibilities increased throughout the first part of the year but started to sour a little around July when a number of people were made redundant and there was a distinct lack of consultation with me about my role and that of the people who were in my team at the time. So I came to the decision in October that it was time to move on. And so found myself in a new position with a new slightly rocky role that is still yet to be played out. The next few weeks will be interesting as decisions are made and I may well find it could be time to make an early move onto something else. More of that elsewhere.
In around March Mum was put into hospital after bleeding from the bowel but after tests showed no sign of anything other than a possible infection she came home.
Hospitals were a regular visiting place with Erin having her fifth operation on her diaphragmatic hernia which I will never stop worrying about.
Mum returned to hospital in late August and after a short illness passed away on 11th September and that will be the defining point of this year for me.
So it was a year of hard work, of excitement about the new house and in particular the new neighbours who will become part of our life, a year of sadness and reflection. And most of all a year of surprises, some welcome and some not. But that is what life is about isn't it!
I wish all of you a Happy and Safe New Year. I look forward to hearing from you throughout 2011 and in following your progress whether on your own blog or on Facebook. Thanks to everyone who gave me support during the year when I needed it most, particularly my lady and my family :)