Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013…

Dear friends,


thanks for visiting me here  at my little space throughout the year.  I hope your 2013 was everything that you hoped for.  Tonight I’m thankful that I have another opportunity to do life better!!

Bring on 2014.  Let’s do this…..


Well here’s a poem I want to share with you all.  I read it sometime ago and it’s remained with me. 

For 2014, I wish you health, happiness and peace.  But most of all……

I wish you Enough.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.

I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Goodbye.”

(written by Bob Perks)

Friday, December 27, 2013


Christmas came and went and we had a lovely time together as a family.

Happy Birthday Jesus!!


I hope your Christmas celebrations were lovely, peaceful and hopeful as ours was.

And now we’re counting down the days till we turn the calendar. 

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

once a city of sailors, fishermen and pearl divers……..

Dubai is extravagant!

It’s beautiful and there’s no doubting it that there’s money in this city. In this country.  Their buildings (an architects delight), their malls and their cars – they flaunt them! 

We’ve been here a week now and we have had a wonderful time. 

My most memorable moment– my encounter with the dolphin.  So awesome and definitely an experience I will never forget.  And I don’t think my kids will forget it either.

me and centralbaure's with the dolphin

Also crazy was our skiing experience.  And it was all indoors.  I know we went skiing in the Mall of Emirates!  Sounds crazy but the slopes were real, the lifts and the cold. – All real!!

It’s been great.  this weekend we plan to go dune bashing, camel riding, sand boarding and hopefully a BBQ in the desert.    I’m looking forward to it.

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Been back 6 days…

and it’s  time to leave again.

I literally hit the ground running since I arrived back here last Friday.  Not after some drama though.  We were detained again at the airport.  Well it wasn’t me this time, it was my daughter.  But at least they didn’t hold us for 3 hours like they did the last time.

Anyway so there was a Christmas Party,   a farewell one too.  The we had a Santa’s Workshop, Santa party for the kids and the School’s Christmas Program.!!

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all dressed up for a party

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JJ concentrating on his reindeer craft.

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cookies for the Christmas program.

But now that all is over,  it’s time for some down time.  And we are heading for some sun!!

I can’t wait.  I need a break.

Hope your week is going well and the Christmas season is really upon you now.


Thursday, December 5, 2013


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So my daughter’s travels went well and all went smoothly. 

I just love Singapore Airlines – I can always count on them

Well we’ve spent a few hours together on land and now it’s time to take to the skies again and head home.  Total travel time will be about 13 hours.  Layover time in Istanbul will be about 4.    So it’s going to be a long travel home, but we’re going home so all is good.

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I’m hoping everything goes smoothly cause I have a Christmas party to get to, tomorrow night.

How about you?  do you have Christmas parties planned this month?  Do share…

p.s – Francesca I’m wondering why they’ve blocked your blog.  Tiny Woolf I would love to know why and get it unblocked but not too sure how to go about that.  I will let you know Francesca about joining.  I’m trying to put a CV bloggers list on my side bar so I guess I can access your blog through them!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

corner view catch up…

So yesterday I spent the day (well almost all day) in the Istanbul airport for a flight to Singapore.  I didn’t want to go through the hassles of applying for a visa so I spent the day at the airport.

And thank goodness for Starbucks and their free wi-fi and of course no websites being blocked I was able to log on to Francesca’s blog.  For some reason Fuoriborgo is ‘blocked’ back in Atyrau, Kazakhstan!  Don’t ask me why.

And so while I was there  I thought I would try to post a picture for today’s corner view theme and then decided to post pictures for the others I’ve missed. Most of them anyway.

So in case you’re wondering

Corner View is a weekly appointment created by Jane but hosted by Francesca.  It’s where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme. 

So No words just pictures.  Well a few words. !! Here we go….

Today’s theme: A view from my street when there’s a lot of snow.


Pets.  She is not mine.  She belongs to my neighbor and is a gorgeous dog.  whenever my kids ask me for a dog I send them over to my neighbor to get their dog ‘fix’


Favorite clothes.  Comfortable is important to me.


Self portrait.


Wine – well Champagne actually (and glasses).  This was one of the champagne testing things I went too. And if I remember correctly the bottles are in the order of how we rated them.


All the small things.  And the little things that make me happy.


Sacred spaces.  Yes, my bed is pretty important to me!! (I know I’m a little weird!!) 

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What to do in Italy.  Couldn’t think of anything else!!


Roadside…  This kind of reminded me of home.


So there it is.  I miss CV.  It’s such an awesome meme and a wonderful way to see other parts of the world.  I keep on checking Fuoriborgo while in Atyrau but to no avail.

I’ll keep trying though and coming to visit you lovely people. 

wordless wednesday

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

right now

I’m in Istanbul!

I’ve been here a little over 9 hours and have about 3 more to go till I board the plane for a flight to Singapore.  Yippee, I’m on my way to meet Renee half way.  She’ll make her way from Sydney to Singapore and then we’ll both make the trip back home.   It’s long and tiring but we do what we have to do.

I’m excited.  I think she’s excited too.  I also think my daughter will be happy to be finally DONE with year 8.  Because she changed from the American curriculum to the Australian one she had to do the back end of year 8 again.  I don’t think she was too happy about that.  But it’s done and now we can all look forward!

Well December is finally here and even as I sit here at Starbucks drinking my Christmas inspired drink I can hear Christmas songs in the back ground.  It’s lovely!


Anyway I  hope your week has started well and your going strong.

BTW in case you were wondering – in my last post I posted about Movember – well just wanted to share that our community raised over 2 million tenge for the cause – which converted into just over 13 000 USD.  I thought they did great.  And the kids at school raised just under 60 0000 tenge. 

So Awesome!!

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