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Year of the Horse

Kung Hei Fat Choi  for the Year of the Horse! My friends in Asia are excited for the Year of the Horse and  are all enjoying the major Chinese New Year holiday  which started Friday 31st January.  We too are excited, but for different reasons! Here is our horse, Little Miss Hussy. She is a three year old racehorse,  who has two wins, one second, one third and a fifth to her name. We own a small part - like a tail! We are hoping 2014 is her year... Do you know if you are born in the Year of the Horse? Here are the years: 19301942195419661978199020022014If you are born in one of these years they say you are clever, kind, animated and energetic. You might talk too much but you are cheerful, perceptive, talented and love to be in the centre of a crowd.  People born in the Year of the HorseChopin, Clint Eastwood, Nelson Mandela, Isaac Newton, Barbara Streisand, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Rembrandt and Genghis Khan.

Australia Day

City of Boroondara Citizenship Ceremony Sunday 26 January 2014
This Australia Day we finally all became Aussies!




January 26th is our National Day of celebration. A traditional day of flags, fireworks and fun, and a time to reflect on what it means to be Australian.  A day that marks the anniversary in 1788 of the arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships and raising of the flag of Great Britain. 
It is somewhat ironic therefore, that on this day, we chose not to pick up the British flag of our birth, but are enthusiastically waving the Australian Flag, along with hundreds of other new Australians!   
This year Australia Day had special significance, as it was the day my DH finally became an Aussie citizen. Myself and the kids had become citizens in 2010 but Tim's overseas work commitments meant he did not have the necessary residency to qualify.  



We start the day with a  'What should I wear?' question No, not from me, I wasn't the one going up on stage! Having googled citi…

January Jottings

January is my favourite month in Melbourne.  It's summer and  We are on holiday, The city is quiet, like Paris in August.
I have not quite got used to the seasons being upside down,  I still struggle with a warm Christmas.  Having been born and brought up in chilly Britain,  Christmas feels weird here.
However when January comes, I'm fully Aussie.  No post festive season blues here. Santa might be crying all the way to the check-out, but I'm smiling and life's good.

In early January a water lily flowered in our garden It's cheerful petals unfolding into the sunshine It appeared out of nowhere Beautiful, delicate, exotic, perfectly formed  and in my pond!!
I take it's flowering as symbol of new life and wonder what 2014 will hold for us? It will be a year of big change for our family Daughter No 1 is off to volunteer in Africa Daughter No 2 moves to New York It's my sons final year of school New jobs are on the horizon And me? Well I'm off to Bali on a yoga retreat in May to cop…

"GROW YOUR BLOG 2014".

Who I Am....
Hi everyone,
and welcome to any newcomers to my blog.
I am especially pleased to meet you through 
Grow my Blog 2014

I'm Wren and I'm a blog addict! There it's out, and as many suspected...
Here I am, 
doing my Princess Diana impersonation, as in all alone.
No silly, of course it's not at the Taj Mahal, 
although thinking about it, I do have that photo!
I'm at Liverpool Football Club. 
Where the Club motto is
'You'll never walk alone'... 
trust me to manage it!

I am a travel blog gone awry, I wear many hats,  but don't often carry my suitcase these days!  Instead I like to bring you my everyday Aussie life. Sometimes I'm Crazy Soccer Mum most recently I've been Crazy Tennis Mum.  My aim in life is to be  Zen Yoga Wren!
The following photos give an idea of some of my recent posts. My all time most popular post is:  'My Himalayan Necklace - Oh the stories it could tell' 
I started blogging because:
1. In September 2012 I set off alone to visit famil…