Greetings from Western Australia by Jo Castro

Although I love end of year round-ups, I know that not everyone is as lucky as I’ve been this year, and so I’m hesitant (as I always am after a good year) to blow my bugle too loudly.

We’ve been fortunate to enjoy a year of travel and diversity, of goals accomplished and important family milestones, and in the main we’ve also enjoyed rude good health … for which we’re very grateful.

Greetings from Western Australia by Jo Castro

I’d like to thank all my lovely readers (and family members) for reading and commenting on my blog posts, all my bloggie friends near and far who’ve supported me and cheered from the sidelines, and all my lovely sponsors for helping me to make this blog a success.

In particular I’d like to thank W. Lane, Betts Shoes, Mantra Hotels, Qantas, Empire Retreat, Duckstein Brewery, Eagle Bay Brewing Co.

If you haven’t had a great 2013, then please accept my condolences. At heart I hope that everyone  has had an awesome year, a year to compare, and I like to offer end of year pictures and words  as inspiration and entertainment rather than a brag.

Greetings from Western Australia by Jo Castro

Greetings from Western Australia

Which is why this year, I’m not going to put them on the blog. There are some personal moments and lots of photos of wonderful places, and as I said I don’t want to make this Merry Christmas post a Me Me Me newsletter.

So if you’re interested in a round up of our 2013 in Western Australia, please sign up for the Newsletter, which is free, in which you’ll get all the offerings on a more personal level – and because I know I’m talking to you one on one, I can go into a little depth, as well as offer lots of hints and tips about what to do in Western Australia.

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Greetings from Western Australia by Jo Castro

But before you go … a Very Merry Christmas to you from Western Australia. Only the small town of Cowaramup can offer a festive greeting in such a unique “Mooey” way and it’s a fitting salutation from this south west corner of our great big sunburnt continent.

Greetings from Western Australia by Jo Castro Merry Christmas one and all and a Happy New Year!

I’ll be taking a bloggie break until January, so until then, catch you on Facebook or Instagram I hope, and of course I’ll be posting pics and ideas from all around WA including lovely Bunbury below.

Greetings from Western Australia by Jo Castro

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  1. Oh my gosh, Johanna, you have lived the life and done things right to deserve every right to blow your bugle to the highest crescendo possible! When I see your email notification as a Subscriber pop up in my Inbox I smile. I may not be able to get to it right away. But, I know that whatever forthcoming post will fill me with warmth and give me a smile. You have a very soft, soothing way of writing. It’s so inviting and I can’t wait for more each time I finish. Trust me, when I make it to Australia, and I will. You will definitely be getting a call from me for a personal tour 🙂 All of our best to you, our friend! 🙂

  2. Thanks for your kind comments Mike, and Seasons Greetings, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year to you and Phoenix 🙂

  3. Merry Christmas to you too, Jo. I hope you enjoy your break and have a wonderful Christmassy-yet-relaxing time. Looking forward to reading more from you in 2014!

  4. Thank you Bonny, and the same to you too! Here’s to catching up again in 2014 🙂

  5. Congratulations on all your successes over the year Jo. And a huge thank you to you for your comments, encouragement, support and friendship. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas, and everything you dream for in 2014.

  6. Thank You Jill, and I too have so appreciated all your support and friendship over the year too. Look forward to watching your blog grow next year as well. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family and everything of the best for 2014.

  7. Neva Fels

    This is the year that we became bloggy friends and I cherish the link we have with each other’s lives. We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday and New Year.

  8. Thank you Neva! I’m also grateful for this year and being introduced to you, your blog, and your life – although we are on the other side of the world. Likewise, to you and yours a very special Christmas and holiday season 🙂

  9. Merry Christmas to you Victor in Melbourne 🙂 Thanks for visiting ZigaZag 🙂

  10. Happy New Year, Jo. As always, your words and photos are inspiring. Here’s to a wonderful 2014!

  11. Mary Martin

    It has been so fun getting to enjoy your adventures with you, Jo. I look forward to traveling in my imagination to all your exotic discoveries. I’ve been away as well, come back soon 🙂

  12. Thanks Mary, hope you enjoyed you’re sojourn too 🙂 It’s been great getting to know you too this last year … and I’m back now too 🙂 Here’s to 2014!

  13. Happy New Year to you too Carolyn! And a big thank you for your support and kind words too. Yes, here’s to a great 2014 🙂

  14. Hi Johanna

    this is my first time to your blog and I have to say I’m impressed with what I see. Your photos in particular are great. We have a farmstay in Victoria and getting decent photos, particularly indoors, is a real challenge.

    Looking forward to seeing more from this site.

    Kind regards


  15. Thanks Jo for this post. And, thanks to you for all the wonderful stories you’ve shared over the course of 2013. Thanks also for encouraging us to tell our own stories. Best wishes for 2014, and happy blogging.

  16. Thank you Wanda! I so love encouraging people to tell their own stories – mostly because I so love reading them! You keep up the great work you’re doing too – and yes all the very best for 2014 as well 🙂

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