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Friday, December 30, 2016

Another Door Opens

As we close the door on 2016, here is a look back at the year that was for Suburban Jubilee.

If I had to sum up the year in a few words, it would have to be,
"Before And After"
Our year was mostly about renovation and they proved to be popular posts.
(Before and After - Front Room)
(Before and After - Hallway)

Not the least of which was the new kitchen finally going in at the beginning of the year just in time for the big preserving season.

We kicked some goals outside too with a major shed renovation

Saving a fortune and gaining some much needed storage space.

And the gardeners loved our before and after wrap up of 12 months in the garden.

Lots of preserving from our new hedgerow; quinces, elderflowers/berries and plums.
Favourite recipes were

The (sooo easy) Date Slice from our Yarn Tour 2016

It was a very, very wet year.
We flooded
But no real damage done. Our dear neighbours have been heroes accommodating some of our equipment in their shed when the waters rose and we can't thank them enough. 
We lost three of our old chooks in the flood but we are working on renewing the flock. Izaac and I have purchased a couple of Black Australorp roosters who are currently in quarantine and will shortly join our girls in the hopes of some new blood. But that's a story for the new year.

Lots of knitting....

Back into soap making....

A couple of Kidney Australia fund raisers.

Lot's of cooking and entertaining.
Old school friends and family visited from the Mainland making it a very special year in the new house.
Getting the work/life balance just right!

We've learnt so much this year and embraced our seasonal life in a rural setting.
I've been grateful to the beautiful people of Campbell Town and the way they have opened their arms and welcomed us in. When pesky work permits, I am a member of the local gardening group and the singing group. We have started to forge lots of lovely friendships.

(view from the kitchen window)

Our year has been all we could have hoped for and we feel Blessed.
As we open the door on another year and another chapter,
we wish you a prosperous and healthy New Year.
Thanks for your support and friendship throughout the year.
Love T.


  1. And we have loved sharing this year with you:) All the best for 2017, and hoping the doors all open into beautiful and happy spaces for you and yours xx

  2. Happy New Year to you too. May it be all you hope you for.

    cheers Kate

  3. Happy new year to you! I hope that whatever you find through that 2017 door brings you much happiness. Meg:)

  4. A very happy new year to you and your family, Tanya. Thank you for sharing your year, and here's to a great 2017. :)

  5. We have the same door handles :) its been fun to see your house progress as we work on our own project!

  6. What an inspiring bunch of photos and projects completed! I have never thought of doing a year's Wrap-up, but you make me think it would be fun.

    Black Australorps are my favorite chickens :-)


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