Happy New Year!

Wishing you a Happy New Year for 2020 from Sydney Australia. I’m still no closer to working out my resolutions for 2020 and my word for the last three or more years has been ACTION, which as usual often turned into PROCRASTINATION or its near relative DISTRACTION. However, to be fair to myself, I did manage to write 97,835 words here at Beyond the Flow so unless my main goal was becoming Susie Homemaker, I did alright. Now, I just need to glue those words together into something called a book. That’s my main goal for 2020 and having acquired perfect vision on the count of midnight, this has to be my year. Bring it on!

Meanwhile, I leave you with a link to the iconic Sydney fireworks, which we only watched today as we were at a party last night. Yippee! It’s the first time we’ve been out on NYE for years what with having young kids, being sick and having anxious dogs who fret and potentially escape due to the fireworks. We left them inside hoping that the younger pups might bolster lady who ends up a hyperventilating, dribbling mess on Geoff’s lap on previous years.

Before I heard off, there is one New Year’s wish, indeed a prayer, we’d appreciate over here in Australia. We’d really like a strong soaking rain to put out the bush fires and help the farmers out of the drought. The ongoing 2019–20 Australian bushfire season is already the most destructive bushfire season since the 2008–09 Australian bushfires[2] and the most widespread in history, having already burned over 5,900,000 hectares of land, destroyed over 2,500 buildings (including over 1300 homes) and killed at least 18 people. That’s a lot of heartbreak. 

Yet, at the same time, there is still joy or perhaps only a glimmer of sunlight even at the heart of tragedy. The are stories of the incredible fire fighters many who are volunteers and too many who have given their lives. Their are stories of loss, but also stories of being spared and despite the destruction and the choking smoke, fire has its beauty.

I’ve leave you with a few favourite photos from 2019…the year that was.

Love and best wishes,

Rowena

12 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Tails Around the Ranch

    I typically don’t wish rain clouds on people, but in Australia’s case, I will make an exception if for no other reason to help remediate the horrible fires. Wishing you a happy 2020. Sending oodles of poodles of wishes your way.

  2. Rowena Post author

    Hi Geoff,
    I’ve been thinking of you and my apologies for not actioning your request for the book review. I got caught up in end of year activities, research and disappeared inside a tunnel to some extent. I know you understand. I also had a bit of downer about another year passing without getting a book out. However, the New Year has started with a bang and at last all this research I’ve been doing into WWI soldiers and letters home is coming together and I’ve actually published three posts. It’s a very encouraging start. This research has been sparked by trying to retrace my Great Great UNcle’s footsteps who served in france and made it home. His grandson got in touch with me a few months ago and that set the wheels of this almighty juggernaut in motion.
    I haven’t found out much directly about him, but I did uncover this fascinating young woman, Maud Butler, who dressed up as a bloke in army uniform and stowed away so she could serve as a nurse on the front. UNfortunately, she only last two days before being sprung and was promptly sent home where she became quite a media sensation. I had hope my GG Uncle was onboard but he left two days beforehand.
    I thought you’d be interested in these stories. Here’s a link to the first: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2020/01/02/the-story-jack-maud-the-rollercoaster-ride-of-writing-historical-fiction/?wref=tp
    Anyway, I’ll pop over shortly to see how your New Year is going. Hope you have a great year ahead!
    Best wishes,
    Ro

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