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Happy New Year

Wishing you all a Happy New Year with lots of enjoyable travels.

We're starting a new trip today, heading west over the mountains along the ever widening Great Western Highway to our new rural retreat, learning a little by reading roadside signs along the way.


  1. Hope you have a happy 2011 too, Joan. I like you're new format. Much more easy to get around your various blogs.

  2. An a very Happy New Years to you. Even though I haven't commented much on your blog, it has been a great read just the same.

    Thanks for sharing, and I agree, the new format looks easier to play with and explore.

  3. For starters, I love that mini. I had a beige mini in 1969.

    Looking forward to the trip to the block. Intruiged by the signage theme.

    Hey-up ...

  4. Thanks Winam and G. Glad you like the format.

    Julie, the signage theme just popped into my head as we drove along because most of the shots were taken from a moving car. The driver was in getting from a to b mode rather than indulging me with a photographic meander.

  5. A Happy New Year to you!

    I am really looking forward to learning all about bush blocks ;-).

  6. Happy New Year. looking forward to following your new adventure.

  7. Very cool car. Once again, Happy New Year!

  8. Thank you for the seasons greetings on your blog. You have a great new year too.
    Nice new bloggie look. Will enjoy following your travels throughout the year :D

  9. Best wishes for a happy, healthy and peaceful 2011. I had a 1963 mini, eggshell blue if I remember, still miss it, loved that car.

    Joan, if you get a chance, can you tell me how you copied your blogs into the separate pages. I've been thinking about something like this, especially for my travel blog.

  10. Ann, I was afraid someone would ask me that and I was trying so many different things I've forgotten and also lost the link to the place that told me how to do it. However I've done a bit of a search to try and find instructions and the description here is rather like what I did

    P.s. I knew that mini would interest people.

  11. When I get home this evening, I shall have a look at that site that explains sorta what you did.Should help me rationalise.

  12. thanks, couldn't understand much of the blog you linked to - like most techies he's left out at least one basic bit of information that us technological illiterates need (like where to find the code he pasted) but I've managed to do sort of what I wanted.

  13. So sorry I could not find the original info I used it was quite specific and helpful ... but then I am a techie so may not have noticed the omissions.


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