Tuesday 4 January 2022

Plans for 2022

Hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year however you chose to celebrate, or not.

We've been back in the UK full time now for 6 months. In that time we've settled back into our former home, spent as much time as we can with our adult children and their families and welcomed our grandson into the world.

For the past 11 years, our lives have been built around travel, with living in South Africa and Dubai and our family in the UK and later a child moving to Australia. Since covid I've made the trip to and from Dubai 4 times and to Belfast 4 times. Peter has only made 4 flights in total and one trip with me to Belfast also by Ferry. Peter would normally take 2+ flights per month, his were with work and now he's retired I'm not sure when we'll next get on a plane.

We rarely fly together, but we're looking forward to flying to Australia to visit child 3. I travelled out there in 2019 for 3 weeks, it's been too long now since we've seen him. 2 and a half years for me, almost 4 years for Peter.

I've turned down opportunities in Dubai for work and Peter wanted to travel with me to attend Expo 2020, but I doubt with the new variant and countries being placed on red lists all over the world, not just the UK, that those trips will be happening.

So while we wait for Australia to open its borders to tourists and things settle down again with covid, we need to find alternate things to do.

There will be more time spent with family and trips to Belfast when possible.

A new kitchen.

An extension.

New shed, green house and garden landscaping.

Plenty of decorating.

Long walks, camping trips, sporting events, reading, blogging, crafting and trips to the pub.

So what are your plans for 2022? Anything exciting to look forward to?


  1. It sounds like you have some great plans. Wishing you all the best for 2022. All we have planned at the moment is to sort the garden out. There's still wood all over it since we put the new fence up x

    1. I'm sure your garden will look fab when you and Stu get it finished

  2. I have chosen REST as my focus word for 2022, so I hope to do some sorting and prioritizing this year.

  3. Happy New Year! It sounds like you'll be busy in 2022. I'm looking forward to a trip in May -- visiting England, Wales, and Scotland. (soooo excited!) That will be the big event of my year. Best wishes for a great 2022.

  4. Ooo exciting times, happy new year x #pocolo

  5. Sounds like you'll be keeping busy (as usual) - this year could be the year we finally get to celebrate my brother's wedding, as he says - third time lucky! #PoCoLo

    1. good luck, hope it all goes ahead and smoothly for your brother