Good morning and welcome to 2010!! I'm sitting here in bed listening to the lovely rain drip, drip, dripping outside. What a cool, calm and peaceful way to start the New Year!
Yesterday was the hottest day, humid and intense. Later in the day a storm brewed and as we made our way down to the Gala (or Galah as Mum calls it) Parade in the main street of Daylesford great, grey clouds piled up in the sky.
Every year our town puts on a parade, to celebrate the end of one year, and the start of another. We celebrate our town, our community, the wonderful people who live here and the organisations such as the local fire brigade, schools and commnity groups. Rosie, Sunday & I joined the Daylesford Commnity Childcare Centre's float to celebrate 20 years of the Centre. It was so much fun riding in the truck and seeing all those lovely, familiar faces in the crowd.
What a beautiful and fun event it was. I remember going to the parade as a child, and being in it too. One year I entered as a Wild Animal in a caged trailer that my dad drove. He would stop occaisionally, I would escape & he would chase me around the trailer with a mad homemade whip. Crazy. Another year my brother & I rode up front in the truck of the Fun in the Forest float, oranised by a well known cartoonist & a local artist. What we didn't realise at the time was that behind us in the Forest two large nude wooden puppets were cavorting, much to the shock (and delight!) of the crowd. At the end of the parade the artist/driver was arrested!! This was thirty five years ago, times were different I suppose. No such shenanigans last night!
As we drove through the main street I was so happy to be there with my kids, with my family watching and waving, with friends smiling and having fun, in a beautiful town where I feel so at home. It such a good feeling to be where you want to be.
Just before I went to sleep last night I reflected a little on the year. I could hear the people in town partying, the music, the fireworks, the cheering at twelve o'clock. It's been a busy and full year. We had a wonderful family holiday, I've made a ton of bunnies which I hope are getting lots of cuddles and love. I made a million Love Hearts and had some great sales in some fabulous shops. This in itself is a dream come true!
I've blogged about my life, what I make, how I feel, what I see. My blog is my own little space where I can be myself and welcome friends, old and new. I've spent fun times with my family, there's been tough moments and challenging days. I've seen my mum make a new home nearby and got to see her alot more which I love. I've enjoyed building on friendships, getting to know good mates even better and sharing our lives together. I've grown garlic with Michelle and I'm looking forward to expanding our business this year. I've hugged and kissed my beautiful kids and Mark a million times and I can't wait to love them all a whole lot more in 2010! It's going to be a great year, I can't wait!!
Thanks for coming along on the Dandelion float with me this year, what a lot of fun the BlogLand Parade is!I hope you have had some fun along the way too. It's been lovely getting to know you better through reading your blogs and comments.
This might be my last post for a little while as sadly my camera succumbed to the Being Left Out in Torrential Rain episode and quietly passed away during the parade. Happy New Year to you all, I hope it's a wonderful one for you, lots and lots of love xoxo