Changing Seasons : December 2022…

The end of another year has arrived and what a tumultous year it has been. Both of us in and out of hospital. Getting harder and harder to keep up with the garden maintenence. So mid year we decided it was time to downsize. June was an amazing month when it all came together for us (see here) 


It is not a decision we have regretted as we are now settled in a beautiful apartment on thr 30th floor of a retirement hi-rise. The views are stunning, the facilities are first class and the atmosphere is friendly and positive.


 We have settled in very well. So the year has ended on a high note. 20221203_192247_2083x2904

Christmas was a happy occasion for the community, with a sing along of Christmas carols. Even had Santa call in to distribute the $15 “secret Santa” gifts we had all contributed to his sack. Followed by a shared meal of the plates we had brought along. Slowly getting to know our fellow residents.

Watched the new year arrive from the balcony as the fireworks exploded on the Broadwater.fireworks 024_2857x3211

With no garden to care for, a very easy care apartment and our health finally improving we now have more time to indulge in our pastimes and hobbies. December the gym and swimming have become a 3-4 day ritual. jc swimming

And at least once a week we will discover another new area  to walk and explore, often using the buses, and taking along our sketch books. 

Main Beach was a popular destination, only a 10 minute bus ride.

The beautiful Broadwater is only a 5minute walk away along Short Street.

Then a saunter along the Broadwater. Even finding a lovely coffee shop to indulge in, and, of course, doing more sketching.


To start the year off we called round to see the new owners of our old house. What a change Greg has made. The family are so happy with the house and area and we are happy to see it being loved. It is now a very family friendly place with a lovely new swimming pool and a start made of the transformation of the living area. Can you see the new ranch sliders? making the original “granny flat” into a indoor outdoor area leading to the patio and swimming pool. Lots more to be done and we will look forward to coming back and seeing the final transformation.

Already a third of the way through January and we have so much to keep us busy. But thanks to Jo-lyn and Brian keeping the “changing Seasons” monthly challenge running I am prompted to keep a record of our changing times.

Thank you to all my regular Blogging Buddies that call in and leave comments and likes. I love hearing from you and wish you all a very healthy and happy 2023.


  1. I am glad you are enjoying life in the sky. Thanks for using Changing Seasons as a great diary of life at Surfers, the landscape and architecture in photo as well as wonderful sketches πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  2. I can imagine you and Jack fitting in anywhere, Pauline. I’ve never liked the look of skyscrapers but when you’re inside looking out it’s a whole different perspective. Certainly the right place for you and Jack. I’m so envious of the casual way you two turn out beautiful sketches. All the very best to you both! Full steam ahead!

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    • Definitely more time for art, and the second bedroom is set up as our art room so can leave all our art gear out and ready to use. πŸŽ¨βœοΈπŸ“šπŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸŽ¨πŸ–Ό

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  3. You two are still living life to the full. The views from your apartment are stunning and I am glad the move has worked out well for you both. I’m glad that you are continuing your monthly blog posts, it is lovely to explore new places with you and enjoy your wonderful sketches. The old place looks very different now, all those plants gone… but I suppose a high maintenance garden isn’t for everyone and fortunately you have your son’s garden to visit. Wishing you and Jack a happy, healthy year ahead with lots of adventures too.
    Jude xx

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    • Before Greg started the renovations he invited friends and neighbours in to help themselves to the plants. So we were pleased to know most had gone to new homes and not just trashed. We go over to sons place about once a week to get our hands in the soil and immerse ourselves in nature. Hope your coming year is a good one Jude.

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  4. You truly are living the high life! If I recall correctly, Jack used to work on high rise buildings? Wonderful that now enjoys the fruits of his labors. Wishing you both Health & Happiness in The New Year!

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  5. Happy New year Pauline to you and Jack . A wonderful free firework display from your balcony ! It’s great to hear you’re settling in and looking forward to 2023 with enthusiasm and cheer .
    Those local sketches are delightful Pauline , I think your dedicated Art room is going to be a hive of activity together with your outdoor sketching adventures everything sounds very promising πŸ™‚ x

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  6. Great to hear that your new home is going so well, Pauline. I marvel at the idea of having a retirement village that is more than 30 storeys high. It has been a few years since we visited Brisbane so it’s lovely to see your images and experiences.

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  7. It’s so good to see how nicely you and Jack have adapted to your new lifestyle! It was a little sad to see the garden-to-pool transformation at your former home. Could have been much worse, though! I hope the new year brings you many pleasures.


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