Life at No.22, Monthly Updates, The Changing Seasons

What’s been happening? End of 2022

It’s been a while since I have sat myself down to focus and ramble on about what’s been happening in my neck of the woods. Most days, I plod along, enjoying the rhymic motion of my life, where sleep, eating, and exercise are the main components of each day, interspersed with medical appointments and fun moments. Somehow, it all feels pretty “nice”.

Hello Petal, Spring is here.

Being spring, gardens and blooms are well up there as things to admire and reminisce of past experiences of gardens we once knew. No better situation to do that is on a garden ramble. The Squire decided to decline my kind offer to accompany me, and I am sure I heard a loud sigh of relief when I told him a friend would be coming with me. It would’ve been too long a day for him. Next time the event is in two years, he may be up to a lengthier stroll. Though, truth be told, he is happier to spend his limited energy on a game of Golf Croquet. An outdoor social event with a smidgen of competitive play, what’s not to love? Though arriving home exhausted, most days sleep and food fix that issue. The Squire’s progress is slow and unpredictable, so we’re still chanting the same mantra – “take one day at a time”.

Back to all things colourful and blooming. The Bay of Plenty Garden and Art festival gardens were a treat, and one garden especially captured my inner child and creative gardener all at once. It was an incredible garden, not so much the actual plants in themselves; it was the combination of the layout of the land and the imagination and playfulness of it’s owners.

Walking Basketball

We are coming up to our end-of-year competition/lunch in early December, where things are getting, dare I say, somewhat competitive on the court, and playing tips are rolling off the lips of those more experienced players like a hot knife through butter. Most playing tips are absorbed by myself, and I hope I remember those professional-looking moves on the day. I am rather chuffed if the game flows and I can assist someone or myself in achieving a goal, which is happening far more frequently now than when I started. More importantly, I thoroughly enjoy the chats and laughs that come with socialising with a lovely bunch of inspiring women.

Happy to share that our end-of-year event went very well, and I just happened to arrive home with a medal for being the last one standing during a round of goal shoot-outs after our games. In the previous year, I was usually eliminated in the first five, so to say I was chuffed with my achievement this year is an understatement.

Then it was Christmas – Meri Kirihimete

The Squire reluctantly poses under a blooming pohutukawa tree. Though happy that he managed a walk along the waterfront.

32 thoughts on “What’s been happening? End of 2022”

  1. So lovely to see you both again, and I’m delighted to see that pohutukawa tree. Happy New Year to you both, the road goes ever on.
    Roads go ever ever on,
    Over rock and under tree,
    By caves where never sun has shone,
    By streams that never find the sea;
    Over snow by winter sown,
    And through the merry flowers of June,
    Over grass and over stone,
    And under mountains in the moon.

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    1. Sarah, we are neither just try our darnest to stay neutral until he is cancer free. Specialist is pleased he is stable though not happy with his blood counts. A long road to travel before the celebration begins. Happy New Year to you.

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  2. The Squire is looking good, and after the grueling treatment he’s been through, Suzanne, progress can’t help but be slow, but it’s definitely progress! I play Golf croquet too, and it’s good fun and not too vigorous exercise. Me and running have never got along. Those gardens have a touch of the Hobbit about them. Absolutely wonderful! So good to see smiles from both of you. Onwards and upwards into ’23!

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    1. Thanks, Jo. Yes, we knew the road was going to be a long windy and bumpy one. As I have mentioned in a previous reply we try to keep our emotions in check until Les receives a clearance from cancer. Every time I have said he is doing well something goes bump. Here’s to a jolly onwards and upwards, for us all.


  3. Those gardens look great Suz, what fun creative souls they must be to create such artistic spaces. Wishing you and the Squire well and yes sometimes it’s a case of ‘one day at a time’. Lovely to see back blogging :). Take care x

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    1. Thanks very much, Tracy and yes the Squire does deserve a medal as I am not sure I could’ve endured what he went through, it was horrendous. The garden ramble was fun even with the odd shower which made a moving sunflower.

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