Four years.

In true Moses style, I am four days late in posting my annual Australian anniversary picture post. Another year has flown by and a lot has happened, including officially becoming a permanent resident (oi oi)! Here’s my year in pictures – and I still recommend that everyone do this as it’s a very very lovely way to practice gratitude and nice to look back on in years to come…

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All I did was pretty much yoga… I did 50 days in a row!

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Until I went down to Sydney for Harbour Life…

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…and spend some time with Stoykes and Swenton. Fantastic nicknames that have stuck!

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Then before we knew it, it was almost Christmas again and Chris made the balcony into a grotto “for the kids” (that we don’t have).

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But we decided to go home for Christmas, so flew from Bali and had a cheeky little stop over on the way, where we drank girly cocktails and got burnt.

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I was soon back in The Toon!

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Where I surprised some of the family dressed as Santa!

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And spent some boozy nights with friends.

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Little Chrissy and myself then had another cheeky stop over in Bali on the way back to Darwin.

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Where we chilled with cocktails again for four days.

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We arrived back in Darwin where Wet Season was in full swing and the storms looked like the end of the world was coming!

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We got some pals on the balcony every day who brightened up the rainy days.

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Then Swenton and Stoykes came to visit for the weekend and we did what we do best…sloth.

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We tried to make the most of the Wet Season by Chris bogging us on the quad :-/

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…and we took Milton the little staffy pup to the beach on weekends.

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Aimee and Jordan came to Darwin in April and we set off on a road trip down the Centre.

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We saw some impressive sights…

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…but broke down and met Bob. 

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We finally made it to Ayers Rock (in a rental car) and had to fly back to Darwin from Alice Springs, sending Billy up on a truck *sigh*.

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I didn’t have time to chill before I was setting off to Bali a few days later for Eleanor’s Hen Do….

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…which again consisted of cocktails and one of my most favourite nights out ever, dancing on the tables and getting  tequila poured down my neck at Motel Mexicola!

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Roe gave birth to the gorgeous Harper and Vickie got engaged – celebrations occurred! 

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Bob then came to stay for a couple of days during his trip of Australia…which turned into 10 nights! We ate and drank like kings for a full 10 days…

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…which thankfully didn’t affect my run during City2Surf, beating last year’s time by 10 whole minutes!

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Since it would be my 30th while I was at home, I had a little shindig with the Darwin girls – thanks Eleanor for organising a bloody lovely day!!

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The following day while I was hungover, we moved out of our apartment with our beloved sunset views and into our mates house for a bit, while we went home etc…

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Me and Chris were going home at different times so I had a solo swan around Singapore on my way back. I learnt asking fellow tourists to take a pic of was useless…apart from this one.

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It was Holly’s Hen Do the day after I landed.  A tacky party bus and a lairy day and night in Durham and Newcastle. 

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I spent some time with my Nana and Grandad. Mainly getting fed (obviously)

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…and my lush little Julie ❤

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Then me, my mam and dad took off to Barcelona for five nights.

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We did a lot of sightseeing, swanning around, eating tapas and drinking sangria.

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…and I turned 30!!!!!!! (What the hell man?)

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We got back and had a little birthday party in the garden. My favourite humans came round and things got a bit out of had later on – don’t worry Mam, I won’t put the pics up on here!

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Me and Rachi then went to Marbzzz for a few nights. 

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Then it was time for the wedding of the year and the bridesmaids gathered the night before at Le Petite Chateau!

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We had the most amazing day for the most beautiful bride! As usual, things got out of hand and we finally stopped drinking at 5am the following day…

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…which did not serve me well and I ended up havin the worst hangover of my full 30 years of existence. 

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After being wrote off after the wedding for the rest of my trip home, I was soon back in Darwin and diving with the Tiger Sharks, which Chris had booked me for my birthday!

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And we went on a camping trip to get me back in the swing of the NT.

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But then it was Chris’s turn to go home, so I decided to go to Sydney for 6 weeks to stay with Swenton.

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Where it was so cold at first, I had to buy a wooly hat!

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We had a lot of trips out – like The Blue Mountains…

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…and Jervis Bay – home to the whitest sand in the world! (As you can tell, the weather changed while I was there).

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We slept, ate, worked and drank a lot of after work beverages together but time flies when you’re having fun…

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…and I flew back to Darwin to greet Little Chrissy from his trip home and celebrate getting our Permanent Residency!! (and Harper’s christening).

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Life has been a bit full on since coming back to Darwin, we moved into our new house last week! Proper Aussie style, with a huge garden and a massive shed…just what he wanted!

I’m looking forward to the next year in the house and possibly our last one in Darwin before we head over East to test the waters there!

Here’s to another year! 🙂 xxx

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