End of the Year by onewing

End of the Year

It is a quiet New Years Eve at our house. Covid cases are doubling every day in our local area and as we live in a tourist spot no doubt the cases will be doubling every day.

I can't believe that there is no Covid testing facility in our area until Tuesday. David's model railway pal thinks he has Covid he came down with symptoms on Wednesday but he can't get tested until next Tuesday. He is isolating at the moment and his wife and adult daughter have both got symptoms too. We can't get Rapid Antigen tests here either so no hope of testing that way either. Our Government is useless.

Our local Council is still putting on a firework display in Nelson Bay this evening as they think we all need something to cheer us up. Are you kidding me. Shame on them. I know we are all fed up of Covid but at some point we have to be sensible.

We will be spending a quiet New Years Eve. A group of us did have a barbeque planned at a friend's house but since the increase in Covid cases and because we are all over 70 or even 80 years old it has been cancelled.

The world looks so peaceful in this shot taken a couple of days ago, but the reality is something entirely different. Let us hope 2022 is much kinder to all of us.

I am taking a break from 365 for a while now. I will still be checking out your pictures but I won't be posting every day. I will post from time to time but I want to spend my time putting together a couple of photobooks and also getting back to family history too.

I have done family history for years but want to update my records and write up the stories of each of my family lines. It is a subject that is quite time consuming and at the moment I don't have time for family history and photography, so photography has to go for the time being.

I am really going to miss you all and will still post photos occasionally, but I have been struggling for the last couple of months with so many projects on the go. I promise I will be back but after 9 years on 365 I do need a bit of a break. Take care.

I wish you all a wonderful 2022, stay safe and Covid free.
A stunning photo to finish the year on Babs. Fav. Happy New Year to you both and keep safe and well during these trying times. Will miss your photos and narratives and humour.
December 31st, 2021  
Lovely image Babs and certainly a contrast to how things are in your area. I hope by the end of 2022 that Covid will not be such a feature in all our lives but it's difficult to be sure of that. Thanks for all your comments and fav's over the years.
December 31st, 2021  
Wonderful capture,looks peaceful, indeed. It only has to do with the situation from nature's point of view somehow. I remember how healthy lockdown for mother nature was... I don't know if Covid era will end soon, maybe it won't be in 2022, but hopefully in 2023 maybe. Wishing you a healthy and kinder New Year! Good luck with your family photo projects and stay in touch here when possible.
December 31st, 2021  
knew this was you - wishing you a safe and happy new year....hope to catch up with you some time in 2022!
December 31st, 2021  
Beautiful capture Babs.
December 31st, 2021  
Beautiful shot. Happy new year. Fav
December 31st, 2021  
Wishing you a happy & healthy new year Babs.
December 31st, 2021  
Fabulous shot. Really beautiful. We’re having trouble getting tested too. Hope you get everything done that you want to do.
December 31st, 2021  
Gorgeous
December 31st, 2021  
I cant believe we had over 12000 cases today!

Enjoy your break, you will be missed. Happy New Year to you both
December 31st, 2021  
What a fantastic shot to end the year on Babs Fav , Happy New Year to you Babs and David:)
December 31st, 2021  
A fabulous shot. Hoping for better things to come in 2022. Happy New Year to you.
December 31st, 2021  
Fav. A stunning capture with beautiful colours, reflections and silhouettes. Covid19 is on the rampart here too and records of infections are being broken every day. People, however, seem not to be worried like it was last year and mix together as if the pandemic is just a joke.
December 31st, 2021  
Delightful!
December 31st, 2021  
In spite of all the increase in covid cases this is such a beautiful and tranquil scene - So very peaceful with the wonderful colours , the silhouettes and reflections ! fav . Enjoy the peace and quietness of your New Year's eve and health and happiness to both you and David
December 31st, 2021  
A stunning capture and scene. I will miss your wonderful photos Babs, but most of all your wonderfully witty comments. I have always wondered how you can cope with such a busy life, always there for others too. Wishing you a wonderful break to enjoy what you love doing. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones :-)
December 31st, 2021  
Great shot. Good for you Babs, there are times when we have to look at our priorities and make hard decisions. All the best with your family histories. You are “retiring” on a high with number 1 in the latest Top Twenty. Yippee!
Love and best wishes.
December 31st, 2021  
Pat
Oh my word, this took my breath away!
I’m sorry you’re taking a break but what a shot to leave on, huge fav!
Happy new year to you and I hope you will pop in regularly to see us all, take care xx
December 31st, 2021  
Oh this is exquisite, one of my favourite shots of yours this year!
So frustrating about the testing facilities and lack of rapid antigen tests. There are shortages here and some anti-vaccine idiots messed up a testing centre yesterday, but nowhere near the lack that you have. Hope David's train pal is okay and wishing you well in this height of the Summer season.
December 31st, 2021  
Beautiful picture. Happy new Year to you and yours and fully understand the need to pace yourself. Keep safe and lets hope 2022 will be a better one for all of us.
December 31st, 2021  
Great shot with beautiful tones.
December 31st, 2021  
This is a stunning shot to end the year, and a definite fav! Sorry to hear that you are having a break from 365, but I do understand why. I hope your other projects go well. You will be missed! A Happy Healthy and Safe New Year to you and those that you love.

Ian
December 31st, 2021  
Lovely capture Babs, look after yourself, FAV
December 31st, 2021  
Bep
Happy New Year to you, Babs.
December 31st, 2021  
Beautiful capture. Stay safe and have a Happy New Year.
December 31st, 2021  
What a wonderful shot to go out on! I wish you all the best, and will miss your beautiful photos and dialogue. Happy New Year to you!
December 31st, 2021  
Great shot. Sorry to hear about the lack of COVID testing. One of our local doctors was quoted as saying if you have symptoms then you have it!
December 31st, 2021  
Beautiful scene. Covid is going crazy in Indiana too.
December 31st, 2021  
A beautiful peaceful scene! Cases of omicron are rising very fast here too & I lots of places are struggling to get testing kits. I hope you enjoy your break perusing your other projects. Take care !
December 31st, 2021  
Beautiful hues.
December 31st, 2021  
Love your gorgeous shot and the excellent composition ... fav
The Covid situation is so bad. Enjoy your projects, Babs!
December 31st, 2021  
Beautiful. Happy New Year
December 31st, 2021  
Beautiful sunset for this last day of the year. Covid has been hitting rapidly here as well. Two of my close friends had to quarantine today because they were exposed to another friend who tested positive. I fortunately missed the gathering where they were exposed. I hope you are happy and healthy in 2022.
December 31st, 2021  
What a gorgeous capture (a fav for me) Being from the US, I certainly understand your thoughts regarding Covid. Our numbers increase everyday (up over 100% in my area alone) but no closures, no mandates, no regulations. I'm feel sure I will remain isolated and mask-wearing for years. Good thing I'm an introvert! I hope you can find some joy in your family history projects. Wishing you and yours a safe new year!
December 31st, 2021  
What a great final 2021 capture to share. The USA is just as bad handling covid probably worse. Have a safe 2022. I will miss all your amazing photos but glad you will be popping in occasionally. Happy New Year
December 31st, 2021  
Happy New Year Babs and what a wonderful shot to finish the year. Young Dominic seems to have the situation under control wouldn't you think?
January 1st, 2022  
What a beautiful sunset.
January 1st, 2022  
Stay well
January 1st, 2022  
A gorgeous capture to finish the year. Take good care, and I hope we’ll see you back here soon.
January 1st, 2022  
@flowerfairyann @rjb71 @velina @annied @jamibann @pusspup @cookingkaren @tinley23 @joansmor @pcoulson @wakelys @sangwann @happysnaps @beryl @ludwigsdiana @ethelperry @pattyblue @susie1205 @mittens @fishers @ladymagpie @gijsje @rickster549 @busylady @k9photo @tunia @carole_sandford @gaf005 @lynnz @elisasaeter @shutterbug49 @linnypinny @lesip @cwbill @jgpittenger Thanks. The Covid situation is bad the world over. I do hope things settle soon, but I don't think 2022 will be that year.

I have almost finished putting together one of my photobooks. I have to just finish a few photos and then proof read it.

I hope to start on the second one next week.


@kjarn Thanks. I know, the situation is getting bad isn't it and we live in a tourist area so have got thousands of visitors to our area at the moment.

Hunter New England which is the area we come under and where half of the whole of NSW cases are. We are getting over 10,000 new cases a day here and testing is non-existent until Tuesday.

@casablanca Thanks. I will still stay in touch. Haven't heard how Rob is today but he still can't get tested. His daughter who was here for Christmas is positive so it is guaranteed he will be too.

@terryliv Don't get me started on Dominic he is a total f**kwit I thought Gladys had a few marbles missing but at least she had more than Perrottet. God help us.
January 1st, 2022  
I sort of agree with our new premier. The sooner we reach herd immunity the better, we just need everyone to be vaccinated and/or having had covid so we can go back to living and all the businesses can reopen. I have the feeling Covid isn’t going away and we really need to learn to live with it. I think our biggest problem is the people who do the wrong thing like that a***hole who started the Hunter New England cluster
January 1st, 2022  
Beautiful image. Enjoy your break and good luck with your family history. It can be fascinating but quite time-consuming. I get sucked into Ancestry and before I know it several hours have gone by.
January 1st, 2022  
Stunning capture :) Happy new year to you too :)
January 1st, 2022  
So beautiful. You will be missed. Take good care!
January 1st, 2022  
Amazing capture. Happy New Year.
January 1st, 2022  
This is so fantastic. Good luck with the covid situation. I hope it is not sounds as bad - "only a bad cold" - if it is true.
January 1st, 2022  
What a gorgeous photo to end the year with! (big FAV!)

I totally understand that there is often not enough time in the day, especially when you have another big project going. What you shared about your family history is amazing!

I also hope the Covid situation is getting better. It is not good worldwide and I believe it is not getting away anytime soon, but not having the option to get a test is bad.

So for 2022 I wish you good luck and a lot of fun with your projects plus good health and happiness for you, your family and friends! Oh and I'm happy to read that you still will be checking in here ever now and then! I will be looking out for that ;)

January 1st, 2022  
What a magnificent shot ! Wishing you a Healthy and happy 2022 and a lot of fun with your upcoming projects 🥂
January 1st, 2022  
What a fantastic photo in every way -- composition, color, lines, and evocative mood. I faved this much earlier and made a comment from my phone but I don't see it above. What I wanted to say is how much I have appreciated all your supportive comments and wish you a restorative break with time to pursue other interests but that photography will pull you back to 365 eventually. I'm starting Year 10 and I have taken breaks on and off since Year 1 ended. But I can't leave. :). Stay well and best wishes for 2022!
January 1st, 2022  
I shall miss your posts but will be in touch. Lots of love from us to you xxx
January 1st, 2022  
Dearest Babs, wishing you every happiness and progress with photobooks and family historying. Will miss your clever posts and TT placings and your kind and helpful comments.

Stay well, safe and happy xx
January 1st, 2022  
A wonderful shot to end on, I will miss you as I am sure everyone else will. Enjoy your projects and I will see you now and then as time allows. Stay safe and happy 2022!
January 1st, 2022  
All the best to you, Babs! This is a wonderful composition to close out the year and to suggest hope for 2022. Enjoy your break and hopefully we'll see you soon. I'm still on my break, but it's hard to stay completely away, I've found! Happy New Year!
January 1st, 2022  
Beautiful shot
January 1st, 2022  
Wow I love the beautiful layers of colour!
Enjoy your break, looking forward to your return!
Stay safe and covid free in 2022!
January 1st, 2022  
That's a wonderful picture to sign off with! Like you, we're very worried about the Covid trends appearing. Let's just hope that the new version really is much milder than the old.
And, isn't it funny how you can be retired and so busy? But so much better to be busy doing something you enjoy. Have a happy and productive 2022 and I'll look forward to seeing your occasional post. Cheers Rob
January 1st, 2022  
A beautiful capture.Fav😊
January 1st, 2022  
Stunting colors layers and a beautiful scene and capture.
All best wishes for a happy 2022.
January 1st, 2022  
@ljmanning @nickspicsnz @gilbertwood @edorreandresen @haskar @yaorenliu @ingrid01 @momamo @jyokota @casablanca @30pics4jackiesdiamond @craftymeg @taffy @bkbinthecity @radiogirl @robz @carolmw @pyrrhula Thanks so much for your lovely comments. I am sure I will be back later in the year but I do want to concentrate on other projects at the moment. 365 is so addictive and I will miss you all so much.
January 2nd, 2022  
Beautiful capture Babs! Enjoy your time with your projects! Always good to take time to relax and recharge! I’ll look forward to seeing you back from time to time! Happy 2022!
January 4th, 2022  
Lee
Happy new year Babs. A great shot to go out on. You'll be back.
January 7th, 2022  
Just noticed you hadn't posted for a while, so came to check :-) I know when I do photobooks it is a lengthy and intense process, so understand that something has to give! Stay safe, Babs
January 8th, 2022  
Lile Annie-Sue I had missed you so came to check you out. I hope you have escaped covid.. sounds crazy that you can't get a test for days when needed, I hope that improves. You carry on checking us all out and doing your photo albums and 'pop' in from time to time.. you will be missed.. All the very best for 2022..
January 18th, 2022  
@nickspicsnz Thanks, it is time consuming. I am not only doing my direct lines I am finding their brothers and sisters too and that adds to the story. I am working on one particular line at a time and I have got back to the early 1700s on the line I am working on at the moment.

@gamelee Ha ha, I know I will be back and I am today. I will pop in when time allows.

@anniesue Thanks. I have just finished my 365 photobook (I do that one gradually throughout the year) but at the end of the year I do the finishing touches and then proof read it. Just sent off the book so can't wait till I get a copy. Have just started putting together a photobook of my old photos too.

@julzmaioro Thanks Julia. I am popping in today to post a diary shot so will check out your photos while I have my morning cuppa.
January 18th, 2022  
A lovely pic Babs
September 22nd, 2022  
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