2014 has been the best start to a year that I can ever remember.

That's not to say it's been perfect or without it's issues and problems, there have been plenty of those. No, it's been the best start ever because when I step back and look at the bigger picture so many amazing and wonderful things have happened that I feel incredibly blessed.

This is also part of the reason why the blog has been so quiet through January & February. It's not that there wasn't anything happening but rather, I just didn't know how to write about it all. However, I've had some inspiration now, so you can decide whether or not it's divine inspiration.

There have been a few stand out events that on the surface of it might look like the highlights so far. Two of these have to be taking Joel to see Bruce Springsteen live and another would most definitely be seeing Santana live just a few nights ago.

However, there has been so much more than that going on.

Eli has just counted our haul of granadilla's from the last few days and the tally stands at 145.

The dining room smells divine!

Anyone got any granadilla recipes?

After a couple of false starts the man from the municipality finally came to inspect the sewer pipe and concluded that they need to install a non-return valve on the streetside of the property. Sadly due to the extensive damage done by the floods last year the emergency budget is exhausted so he could give me no idea of when they will get around to doing the work.

Still, we've had a man out to inspect it and that alone feels like progress.