Time to stand still on New Years Eve 2008

Well just as we all start to get ready for the end of 2008, we seem to have found ourselves in a very unique position.

According to the following article I just read in the Tasmanian Mercury Newspaper Time to stand still on NYE, 2008 is about to get an extension.

The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) in Paris has ordered that 2008 be extended — by one full second, to be precise.

Which means a champagne-soaked countdown to 2009 will go something like this: “… THREE, TWO, ONE-AND-A-HALF, ONE … Happy New Year!”

So enjoy the added second of time guys as you party away the night, and please don’t blink, as you could miss it!

Interesting information…

Do you know what I find totally amazing? the number of people who visit this site. But what is more amazing is that for the month of December our five top readers (using IP address details to establish) come from the following places / countries:

1st Place: Our top reader is from the USA
2nd Place: Goes to Poland
3rd Place: Spain
4th place: Germany

Followed by

5th Place Australia.

What is even more interesting is that these people are not only returning during December, but they have been around reading our family blog since it started a few months ago.

We can speak and read in the following languages English, Polish and German and a little Spanish to boot! So please don’t be shy, say hello to us in any language!

Here’s hoping to see you all returning and interacting with us here in 2009! Best wishes to you all, where ever you live!

Gale Force Winds

Well I have to say that when we decided to move to Tasmania, and Hobart, we never in our wildest dreams imagined the kinds of weather we could endure.

Last night was one of those nights were we were treated to gale force winds, that lashed and shook our house for hours and hours. The rain also lashed at our walls, making for a very wild, windy and long night.

Four times during the night the children woke up in fright from all the noise and wild weather, and for SZG and I things were pretty much the same. You see, we live in a three story house. Two stories face the Derwent River, while the third story – or split level between the first and Second story faces inland and the road. Our Views are magnificent, from almost any window on three sides we can see the river. At night the views are exceptionally beautiful as the lights from the houses around glisten on the water.

We live on around an acre of land, so even though we have neighbours, we have space also. This was a blessing for us when we first moved here, having lots of space and distance between us and our neighbours, was something we really wanted. But as time has gone by and we have lived in this house longer and longer, we often wish our neighbours were a little closer, as maybe, just maybe, this would help shield us from the strong gale force winds that lash at our house and make it not only creak with the winds, but sway and shake with their force.

Still now it is morning time and the winds have not stopped, so I am hoping that by night fall things will have managed to slow down a little so that everyone can get some great sleep that is definitely needed right now. If the winds die down, it might also give me the opportunity to put some washing on the line, which in recent weeks has been a no go, due to the winds and the inability to keep any clothes I put onto the washing line there for longer than 2 minutes.

It’s summer time too, so I am just hoping that as the seasons change so does the winds patterns for the better, not the worse!

Another day over…

Yesterday everyone got to sleep in, except SZG. For some reason even though he had the day off, he could not sleep in past 8am, which even though it is a few hours longer than normal for him, in my book still not a sleep in at all.

The Girls and I however managed to stay in bed until after 10am. I am not sure why, but at the time it just seemed like the most heavenly thing to do. However when night time came round, it was obvious that sleeping in was the wrong decision.

As we all know, each choice / action has an opposite reaction. And sleeping in definitely had a reaction. The children just did not wish to go to sleep when bed time came and at 11pm, when SZG and I were heading off to the land to sleep, the children were still wide awake and not looking like slowing down at all.

So we have decided that the children are to be woken up, by noise around the house, earlier in future. So today I am not going to let them sleep past 8.30am. we know it is New Years Eve today, but the children will not be staying up so late tonight as we need to keep to a routine because of SZG’s rotating roster at the moment and unpredictable hours. Therefore they will be going to bed at normal time. We will just have a small party before hand and then a New Years day celebrating tomorrow with them, when both Mumma and Tata can be home to enjoy it.

So next time we dream of the great sleep in, remind us of the trouble it caused at night time! That’s enough to make us ensure that both us and the kids get up at a reasonable hour!