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Welcome to Life Images by Jill.........Stepping into the light and bringing together the images and stories of our world.
Through my blog I am
seeking to preserve images and memories of the beautiful world in which we live and the people in it.
I am a Freelance Journalist and Photographer based in Bunbury, Western Australia. My published work specialises in Western Australian travel articles and stories about inspiring everyday people. My passion is photography, writing, travel, wildflower and food photography.
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Monday, 26 December 2016

As 2016 comes to a close

Can you believe it is nearly the end of 2016 already? 2016 has flown by so quickly. This is the time of the year for looking back over the past year and planning for the future. We've had a few changes in lifestyle in 2016 as my husband retired at the beginning of the year so there has been lots more time spent enjoying time together - a year of reconnecting for us. 

I hope that 2016 has been good to you. 


This time of year I also take the opportunity to thank you my dear readers, as without you this blog just wouldn't be. You have helped me to continue to write down my thoughts and share my photos, and I hope you have enjoyed what I have shared. I have certainly enjoyed our conversations  and connecting with you through your blogs. 

It is eight years since I tentatively started my blog in July 2008. My posts have evolved over that time and I have made many wonderful connections all over the world. I am grateful for the way blogging has expanded my world.  One benefit of blogging for me is that it has become a diary of sorts for me, a great way for me to document, and look about over, our journeys, activities, special moments and thoughts through my photography and jottings



This is the way my blog for this week started last week, but then over the last few days as I went about preparing for Christmas my thoughts went in a different direction as I thought about the people in my life who are going through grief, stress or trauma at the moment.

My friend whose divorce came through a few weeks ago, our neighbour whose husband passed away from cancer on Christmas eve 2015, my brother-in-law whose brother passed away a few months ago, two friend's whose mothers passed away this year, a friend who is caring for her very ill mother in Esperance, a friend who is desperate to reconnect with her daughter if only she knew where she was (please make contact), my blogging friend who recently had encouraging medical reports on her cancer journey, and another blogging friend who has had multiple health issues during the year. 

But there has been joy too for some of these friends welcoming new life into their families.

A shared my poem - The Ghosts of Christmas Past - in my last blog. You can click here if you missed it - Christmas is a time for family


 And I realized that I have much to be grateful for. 

Time spent with our family and two grandsons. We are so lucky to live close to our son and his family so that we can be a part of our grandsons lives as they grow up.  They lost their other grand mother not long before our second grandson was born, and I've always felt her absence in their lives.

My husband and I lost our remaining parents in the latter half of 2014, my father in September 2014 and my mother-in law on 26 December, but since then we have celebrated new life within my sister's family -  the birth of three grandsons, a wedding and another baby on the way.  

I read recently that it is very important for us to mourn, but then turn the page and concentrate on the living and celebrate life. How true these words are.

 
 Time spent with friends. We especially enjoyed a couple of holidays this year with friends at Coral Bay and camping north of Broome. 



Being a part of three vibrant groups through writing with the South Side Quills, photography with the Photography Group of Bunbury, and dancing with the Sol y Sombra Spanish Dance Company. Very different groups, with very different people, and all adding something to my life, skills, outlook and stretching my confidence. 

South Side Quills launched their first anthology in August, and Sol y Sombra won their section of the Eisteddfod in June. 


 The opportunity to travel through our magnificent country. We have had various trips from only a few days to 6 weeks this year. If you go to the INDEX in the top tab, you can go to the links there to read blog posts from our travels. Western Australia is so vast and so varied in landscapes. I feel so lucky to be able to explore it.


The opportunity for personal growth through attending artistic workshops, facilitating photography workshops, portrait shoots for family and friends, and a food photography shoot.  I was very excited when one of my portraits appeared on a cd cover.

Since my retirement I've enjoyed attending various art workshops and trying new things, but I have also had the opportunity to facilitate workshops too - which has tested and added to my confidence. It is amazing what we can achieve if we just take that first step. 


The opportunity to photograph our amazing wildflowers, especially varieties new to me. I am passionate about wildflower photography, and with thousands of varieties in Western Australia, how lucky am I?

Grey Leafed Bottlebrush -Dryandra 2016
 In June I experienced the totally unexpected thrill and excitement of having my wildflower photography noticed by a national magazine - Australian Photography. 



 Health, a comfortable home, a loving and supportive family, learning from others and the opportunity and time to connect, indulge passions, and explore learn new skills and pathways.
 
This blog post has turned out very different to what I had at first intended. I thank you for taking the time to stop by and for being a part of my world.  You can connect to any of my old posts through the side bar or via the INDEX in the tabs at the top of my blog. 

 You might also like to visit my travel blog - Tour Western Australia

kangaroo paws flowering in my summer garden

I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. Have a wonderful week.

I am linking up to whatever link-ups below that are operating this week. . Please click on the links to see fabulous contributions from around the world - virtual touring at its best!

 

Mosaic Monday 
Life Thru the Lens 

Our World Tuesday
Through My Lens 
Image-in-ing
Wednesday Around the World at Communal Global
Travel Photo Thursday
 
The Lovin' Life Team over at Lifestyle Fifty
The Weekly Postcard 
Sky Watch Friday



 

18 comments:

  1. I am praying for a much better 2017 and for PEACE.

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    1. yes PEACE. I also wish you better health in 2017 Rose.

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  2. You have had an eventful year Jill, as have I. I had 5 overseas trips and a few weekend camping trips inbetween. I managed to get a couple of freelance writing assignments and a media trip to Japan. I feel as though I've had an extraordinary year and I'm feeling blessed to have the opportunities that I have had. If 2017 is anything like the past year I am in for another cracker of a year! Thanks for your support and featuring such lovely photos on your blog. I loved our time in WA and you keep reminding me of how beautiful it is over on the other side of Australia. :)

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    1. You've certainly had a great year Kathy, and have lots more coming your way in 2017. Thank you so much for your support over the year.

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  3. You certainly live a wonderful life! Here's wishing you much joy in the coming year.

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  4. Wonderful photos, every one!
    Thanks for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-church-of-pater-noster.html

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  5. What a wonderful year you've had, isn't it useful to have a blog that acts like a diary where we can record the exciting times and also la vie quotidienne?
    Happy New Year, may 2017 be ridiculously amazing and bring you all that you need.

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  6. Thank you for this "terugblik". I love to read what you are writing in this post and your photos are so beautiful. Love the grey leafed bottlebrush.

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    1. Thanks Jedidja - I had to look up terugblik - retrospect - so I've learnt something today. Have a great 2017.

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  7. You sound much like me when I think about the way the blog has really quite unintentionally changed my life. I think I began with the grandiose idea that I'd be a famous blogger one day with thousands eagerly awaiting my next epistle. Ha, ha, ha. . .it quickly brought a dose of reality to this writer whose closest friends and family often sheepishly admit they haven't quite had time (or the desire, I suspect)to read it. What has happened as result of the blog, is that I have come to meet some very special people in the world, like yourself, who share in our joys of discovery and offer words of encouragement when needed. I sometimes think many of you know me better than some of my long-time real-time friends. Hopefully one of these days I'll get to meet the many new friends I've made along the way because thanks to your own writings, I feel as if we've been friends for a long time. Keep the posts coming. I look forward to reading your blog. Happy, Happy 2017!! xxx Jackie

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    1. Like you Jackie, my family and friends don't read my blog - if they did they would find out a lot about me! And yes, I have met some amazing people, and travelled through their eyes to some amazing places. Thank you so much for your support. Happy travels. Have a wonderful 2017. I'm looking forward already to when you are back in the stone house on the hill. xx

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  8. You have done so much this year!
    You are right although the years can sometimes be tough it is always better to look for the positive, no matter how small it is.
    It is funny how our blogs change and grow, I guess that is a reflection of ourselves and our lives changing and growing. We are never exactly the same person as we go through life and all its experiences.
    I hope the new year greets you with more wonderful opportunities and experiences along with plenty of time with family and doing what you love.

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    1. you are so right - our experiences shape our personalities - I know mine have. Happy 2017!

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  9. Happy Holidays Down Under! Wishing you a fantastic 2017!

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  10. Hi Jill - it's nice to read about your life over there in WA plus enjoy the many lovely pics from your beautiful state. Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2017 with -I'm sure- many adventures ahead.

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    1. Thanks Dianne. Coming back to South Australia is on our list! Have a fabulous 2017.

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  11. You lead such an interesting life. And you are right...we've sure seen a lot of losses over our years of blogging but we've shared a lot of beautiful photos too. I always love visiting your blog! Happy New year! Hugs, Diane

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