It's been a while, but we are still here. We looked at moving south to cooler climates. It's just so hot for such a long time each year, it's hard to get out into the garden. Good for people who want to spend their weekends inside or on the beach, relaxing in the shade. Our gardens don't like to be in the shade, and we certainly cannot afford to live on the beach. What would grow there anyway? So we found that apart from the long summers there are really no downsides to living in our patch of paradise. Especially now that hubby has a ride on mower for our acre or so of grass, instead of the old push mower. So, here we are for the time being anyway. We love the high rainfall we get in this area and we are making some good friends in the neighbourhood. Some other gardeners who are more than willing to offer advise, seedlings and cuttings, as well as some friendly neighbours we see on our walks and bike rides. This winter we got in and did a whole bunch of wonderful gardening. Planting, mulching and adding colour to our subtropical garden. This is part of the result of our winter playing in the gardens. Now we just need to learn to slow down in summer and relax by the pool instead of trying to garden in 30 degree heat.