Time to reflect on the year that was 2017

It’s that time year again, when we prepare our stomachs for the multiple over-the-top feasts that will be had over Christmas (is it really necessary to have five courses for multiple meals in one day?) and it is important to think about the year as it comes to a close.

Personally, this year has been full of big changes – for a start I moved to the middle of country, much to the disbelief of my family, and have loved every minute of it.

At the start of 2017, I was working full time in an office with no windows, while studying my last university subject for my degree.

Since then, I have completed my degree and graduate from university, I got a job in my field of study (which is a miracle considering we were told at university that we probably wouldn’t), I moved 530 kilometres from my childhood home and got engaged.

Through all of this, I have learnt so much about so many different things that I never would have even thought about.

I have learnt about cropping (and all the different types of crops), sheep, silos, nuclear waste and oysters, just to name a few.

I’ve had the privilege of being able to report on amazing things that have happened when our communities have come together, like Cowell’s new oyster hatchery, Kimba’s silo art and the Cleve Colour Run.

I have been fortunate this year to have been welcomed into such wonderful communities in this job, that has given me such a wonderful, relaxed lifestyle.

This holiday season I will most likely eat enough food to feed a small village, while watching old home videos (cringing at the outfits that my sisters and I wore) and making the most of my time off, doing all the things I can’t do here on the Eyre Peninsula.

Next year will be an exciting one here at the Tribune, with new salesperson Megan Turnbull settling in to her role.

We are hoping to get the Tribune to reach its full potential and bring back some old favourites (maybe Tribby Tribune?).

We also have the Fields Day in Cleve in August, which will hopefully be an amazing event.

But we would love to know what you would like to see in the Tribune? Something old or something new? Let us know.

In the meantime, I will be continuing my 2017 resolution to be able to run a few kilometres without dying.

I wish you all have a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year.

See you in 2018.

Kathrine Catanzariti, journalist