The Year That Was in Pictures

I thought I’d reflect on the year that was 2022.

In doing so, I’ve chosen a few photos from each month that typify what I was doing at that time.


The new year saw me reinvigorated by the WordPress blogging challenge that was Bloganuary. I had so much fun putting my own spin on the daily prompts.


From one challenge to another with February dedicated to Becky’s Odd Squares. Once again, and as always, I relished joining Becky’s challenge and seeking out ‘odd’ photos to share.


After two full months of daily blogging, I was quiet throughout March. Our daughters Shelley and Melissa visited from Melbourne and it was wonderful. We hadn’t seen Melissa for almost 2½ years and their visit was like a shot of revitalisation.


I don’t recall anything special or specific that happened in April beyond the ordinary, but . . . I do recall going to the Orchids in April show hosted by the Sunshine Coast Orchid Society.


The most amount of fun in May was going to the Imaginaria – a fun, immersive experience designed for all ages. We were the biggest (and oldest) kids there and had the most amount of fun.


The more I look, the more I see I’ve had several quiet pockets (away from my blog) this year than I initially planned or thought. But work always comes first, because . . . No mun no fun!


My dear friend Denise gave me the most gorgeous bunch of flowers for my birthday. Dean retired and I was kept busy changing our business structure and helping him access his Super funds.


I discovered it was a (very) good idea to attach an orchid to a palm tree in the backyard.


I mourned the passing of Queen Elizabeth, taught myself how to make sushi and then my father passed away. I took a break from blogging and went to be with my brothers and sister during a difficult time as my father’s wife refused to hold a funeral service or a farewell of any kind at all.


My beautiful neighbour Sarah reduced me to tears by giving me gorgeous flowers when I returned home from being with my brothers and sister. I took an extended break from blogging at this time.


In late October, Dean and I visited Melbourne. Kate was there too, and all of us went to Monet & Friends at The Lume. We were in Melbourne for five days filled with love and laughter – just what I needed given my aching heart. I also joined Becky as often as I could for her Walking Squares.


Ah, the last month of an unusual year. There are blooms in my garden everywhere and I’ve been taking lots of photos of them before the heat (and grasshoppers) put an end to them.

–⋅ o ♥ o ⋅–

I don’t know what I expected from 2022, but I didn’t expect to end it with Covid rampant throughout my house. It put the biggest dampener on our festive plans and everything else we had planned to do while our daughter visited us for a couple of weeks.

I’m still unwell, and Dean isn’t much better either. But . . .



I’m looking forward to enjoying my retirement next year!

Author: Clare

Ever-expanding one star at a time, my cosmos is a galaxy of thoughts and creativity where you can find poetry, short stories, photography and so much more.

8 thoughts

  1. Here’s hoping that both you and Dean feel better real soon. Covid takes awhile to get over so be gentle with yourselves and rest as much as possible. Hoping that you can find some joy and happiness next year. 2022 was very kind to you two.

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    1. Thank you, Cee. We’ve been taking it easy and not expecting too much of ourselves – the TV is getting a workout. I’ve been miserable, and doing anything seems like the toughest ask (and task). Thank goodness I’m (now) officially retired and don’t have to deal with work commitments.

      Cheers to you and Chris – Happy New Year and all the joy and blessings that come with it. We plan on doing our festive celebrations come Chinese New Year.


      1. Oh Yes 😂 We made that decision recently – back in late October – but I’ve been so busy (ironic I know) that I haven’t even stopped to make an announcement about it. I guess I’ve don’t that now.

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