2017 in review – Wanda and me

The year began with a week in Brisbane for Jonathan, for the Australian Esperanto Congress, during which he managed to catch up with Gabrielle, Howard (and, briefly, Jenny) and Teresa and Trevor.

One big sadness for us has been the sudden death, in January, of Robin Norling, who was Jonathan’s first drawing lecturer at art school, head of department at the Art Gallery of NSW and dear friend.

We were fortunate to to be able to spend time with Naomi, Mark and Mia when they came to visit for six weeks in February–March, and then ten weeks in August–November when we visited them in Canada. This also meant we were able to spend time with Zoë, and meet her partner, Alex, for the first time.

Highlights of the two visits were:

In Australia, we spent a week at a beach house in Black Head, on the mid-north coast, with Joel, Tracey, Oliver, Ella, Leo, Naomi, Mark and Mia.

In Canada, we celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving, Mia’s birthday (face-to-face for the first time ever) and Hallowe’en (a BIG deal in Cumberland!), and attended the farewell service for Cumberland United Church (an historic church a short walk from Naomi and Mark’s place, which we have visited regularly each time we have been in Cumberland). We were also regular participants at the local life drawing group, which Zoë runs.

Jonathan has again been active with art and art education this year, including a lecture for the local U3A* and two guide training courses for regional galleries (in Gosford and Gymea). He still attends the weekly life drawing group in Kincumber, near where we live. If you’re interested you can see some of his work at www.doctordada.com/art/life-drawing.

Jonathan’s other passion (revived over the last few years) is the international language, Esperanto. As well as presenting talks in Esperanto at the Australian congress in Brisbane in January, he is also now president of the Esperanto Federation of NSW (based at Esperanto House, Redfern) and vice-president of the Australian Esperanto Association.

Wanda has been kept reasonably busy with her celebrancy work. This year she officiated at eight weddings, a renewal of vows and a baby naming. All were great successes.

Both of us have been members of a local choir, Jubila Singers (jubilasingers.com.au), for a number of years now. We also continue to be a part of a small local church group (Quakers).

We hope your New Year come with many blessings.

Peace and love,
Wanda and Jonathan

[* U3A: University of the 3rd Age]

1: Mark, Tracey, Joel, Leo, Mia, Ella, Jonathan, Wanda, Oliver & Naomi having dinner at Black Head, NSW (Feb.)
2: Jonathan and Wanda in front of our house in Green Point
3: Jonathan, Alex, Zoë, Mia, Naomi, Mark & Wanda having dinner at Rider’s Pizza, Cumberland BC, Canada (Oct.)
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