Our year of living aimlessly…well sort of

Settling back into our home in this ancient southern land, swapping coats for sarongs and creepers for sandals, we reflect back on the twelve months spent in the north of the Northern Hemisphere as a year of wonder and magic.

We loved every minute of our adventures, the inspiring landscapes and generous warm friends who have enriched our lives in ways still resonant with feelings of gratitude, grace and respect.

How blessed we are to be able to travel freely and return safely to our southern home welcomed by family and friends. We send New Year blessings to you all and hope 2017 brings glad tidings.

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Christmas Eve 2016
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Nettie and daughter Lizzie
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our granddaughter Mirakye

 

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Christmas Eve 2016  alfresco Australians style
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Our tribe: sons Liam, Jaxon, daughter Lizzie, grandson Lucius(grandaughter Mirakye not present) the day after we return
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Liam, Fran, James, Lizzie, Lucius, Nettie
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Nettie and mum, Gwenda
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Jaxon
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Jaxon cooking up a feast

 

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Susie & Fran at Norm’s wake
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our labyrinth
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Fran walking our land at Crow Kiah

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Nettie walking the labyrinth
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lichen on peppermint gum trees
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hello wallaby!
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Japanese restaurant in Montreal with Cydia
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Nettie & Cydia in the Christmas tree stall at Jean Talon Market
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Nettie has been to Montreal thrift shops!
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Fran & Cydia shopping in the snow Montreal
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Fran in old town Stockholm

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Stockholm
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arriving in Helsinki on night train from Kemijarvi – double decker train – we were in the top part!

 

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the magnificent Helsinki railway station
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Senate Square Helsinki
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there are trams in Helsinki just like Melbourne!

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we love fish
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a seal for Nettie
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and a mermaid

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Rapunzel’s tower?

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ye olde honey mead & minstrels – 400 year old medieval merchant building

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Estonia – Tallin old town “best preserved medieval city in northern Europe”
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hot tub and sauna – a family affair
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our magical farm stay at Luusua Finish Lapland with Jorma, Anne, Janne & Arttu

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Captain’s Cabin near Narvik
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ah those lights…
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epic train ride from Kiruna northern Sweden to Narvik northern Norway

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Margrete’s home in old town Oslo
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Flam train ride
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Flam boat trip
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beyond the arctic circle – northern lights 8 days in a row thanks to clear weather and solar storm

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just cruising on the passenger/cargo ship – Norway public transport style
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oh the fjords we did see
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fellow traveller and new friend Lazlo
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last days on Newfoundland before Scandanvia
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Lesley and Nettie at the Gaultois Maker’s Mart & Cafe – Garland’s Store building
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Gaultois – Piccairie trek with Barb, Cathy & Christine
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happy daze with Audrey, Victoria, Angela & Bonnie
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the Terra Nova brings us back and forth from mainland Newfoundland to Gaultois Harbour on Long Island
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painting whales on Whale Song Cottage
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sister Louise came for a visit in July

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sisters
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Mi’k Maq Pow Wow – First Nation people – Conne River Newfoundland
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A trip to This is It with Rodney
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A fun game of Ramoli with Bonnie, Audrey, Marcella, Barb & Cathy (Christine took photo) in Whale Song Cottage
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oh my look at those lobsters!

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Thea and Adrian came to visit in May 2016

 

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New Pond neighbour and buddy Martin Coady with Blue Charm Inn in background
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August 2016

 

 

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throughout the year our Otway Life Magazine is produced…

 

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Martin visits Whale Song Cottage Gaultois on the south coast of Newfoundland

Blue Charm Inn – cabin bliss in August 2016

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kissing rock

 

 

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always, wherever, the washing must be done
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celebrating the 12 days of Christmas mummer style in Gaultois
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view from Whale Song Cottage where we lived for 10 months
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Craig, Roxanne, Ian & Stephen St John’s Christmas 2015
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St John’s downtown
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we arrive in St John’s for our sixth visit – here with Sandy & Charlee
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Nettie’s Joan of Arctic boots

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Whale Song Cottage is located in Gaultois on Long Island in the Coast of Bays on the southern coast of Newfoundland. This is a very special, but little known outport (can only be reached by boat or…

 

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