Last weekend we caught the train to Sydney to visit the Japan Supernatural art exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. Our very talented Nat, along with her team worked on the interactive digital displays and we had a fantastic day of exploring the gallery and having sushi for lunch afterwards.
Early January saw us farewell our beautiful old house that we’d lived in for 3 and a bit years. We said farewell to dear friends, the river and the cows and moved back home.
The end of the school holidays were a bit of a blur, with unpacking boxes, trying to get into a routine and catching up on appointments. It has been so good to be back in our own home and our old neighbourhood. Not much has changed, a couple of new faces in the street but mostly everyone is the same. We’ve loved being back near the ocean and getting home early from school means we can do trips to the beach on warm afternoons.
The girls have settled into school really well. Alice seems to be enjoying the changes that come with High School and she comes home every afternoon with a smile and a story for us. She’s made some lovely new friends and left for a 2 night camp today which will help form more friendships I’m sure. She’s keen to get involved in the different sports and activities being offered.
Lucy has slotted straight back into her old school with her old friends and seems to be happy. She’s putting her name down for lots of different activities. Softball, dancing, drama and plenty more. Last week was her swimming carnival and she was very excited to receive a 4th place in Backstroke.
Both girls were keen to get back to gymnastics and have enrolled back at their old gym 3 afternoons a week. They’re hoping to learn their routines enough to be able to compete this year. They both decided they wanted to go back to Artistic Gymnastics rather than Acro this year to build their strength and skills back up. It’s so good to see them with big smiles on their faces and doing all kinds of flips and tricks when I go to pick them up at the end of their lessons.
I was lucky enough to be offered 3 days casual work last week at a local high school and I’m hoping I get some more offers in the coming weeks.
We’ve certainly hit the ground running since we’ve been back home and are all very happy.
This will be my last post from Tabulam. It’s been a whirlwind of emotions the past month with preparing to move, leaving another amazing school and Alice finishing Primary school.
Both girls really excelled at St Mary’s. We loved the school and wish we could pick it up and move it to the Central Coast. Their teachers go above and beyond what you would expect and the whole school community was more than we could have hoped for. It was hard to say goodbye to their teachers and friends – they both made some beautiful friendships while they were there.
I was also sad to say goodbye to my work family and can’t thank them enough for believing in me and giving me the courage to get back into the workforce. I have loved working and getting to know the students and families. I will certainly miss them all.
We had a quiet, restful Christmas Day spent in Byron Bay with a picnic on the beach. We were lucky with the weather and the water temperature was perfect for swimming.
We’ve almost got the house completely packed up, just have some last minute cleaning jobs to do before the removalists arrive on Thursday. They plan on spending the day packing and then we’ll leave on Friday and head back home.
The next time you hear from us will be once we’ve settled back into our old home.
Tabulam, you have been so good to us for the past 3 years. We have learned and experienced so much but it’s now time to go home.
Things are moving along very fast at the moment. It seems like the past couple of months have passed in the blink of an eye. We’ve been consumed with Linden’s work and preparing to move. He has been given a release date and will start his new job in mid January. A removalist has been booked for mid January though we are considering coming back the first week of January ahead of the furniture to give us a bit more time to settle in before school and work consume us again.
I have mixed emotions about leaving Tabulam and moving back to the Central Coast. I’ve loved being able to work again and hope that I’ll be able to pick up some casual work with some local schools next year. I’m so grateful to Bonalbo Central School for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to get back into the workforce and training me. I have so many new skills and have been able to put my old skills to good use.
The girls have had a busy few weeks with Lucy turning 11 years old in early October. She wanted to celebrate by having a ‘family’ day so we went out for morning tea to our favourite café in Flock then went Ten Pin Bowling. It was so much fun.
Their school athletics carnival was held and both girls did extremely well, making it through to Zone for various events. Alice really excelled in Long Jump this year. She came first at the school carnival, then 2nd at Zone. After Zone, she competed at Diocese and placed 3rd which enabled her to go to Sydney to compete for a place in the Polding team (all northern NSW catholic schools). The four of us drove down to Sydney and watched her compete at Sydney Olympic Athletics Centre. I think she surprised everyone, including herself when she placed 3rd again. That qualified her for the NSW State Athletics Championships in Sydney which includes all NSW schools (Catholic, Government and Independent schools). She competed against 35 other girls in her age group and came 24th. We were so proud of her and she had an awesome couple of days.
Her school included a beautiful write up in their newsletter for her.
Other than that, we’ve not being doing anything very interesting lately. Just the same things each weekend of gymnastics classes on a Saturday morning and housework on Sundays. The heat and bushfire smoke don’t make it fun to get out and do anything active lately.
Christmas is fast approaching and I’m usually a lot more organized. Thank goodness for online shopping otherwise they girls wouldn’t have any gifts to open.
There’s only 4 more weeks until the end of term and these will fly by with school functions and Christmas catch ups. We are planning a fun Christmas Day this year with a picnic lunch at the beach. Not traditional at all but I think it will be great! Relaxed, fun and family. What more could you ask for?
Until next time.
School holidays again and Linden and the girls have gone back to the Central Coast to meet up with some tradesmen to get some quotes for work on our house before we move back in. We’re still not sure when that will be but it will be the best time to get the floorboards re sanded and the house painted while there is no furniture in there once our tenant moves out. I can’t remember the last time I was completely on my own for this long, I miss them a lot but it’s also been nice to have no one but the dog to talk to. Not having a car means I’m housebound but I’ve been busy getting lots of jobs done around the house.
It’s hard to believe I started this online diary almost 3 years ago. Next week will mark our 3 year anniversary of arriving in Tabulam and starting our adventure. It’s hard to believe our time is almost up. It will be bittersweet when the time comes to pack up and move back.
I’ll miss a lot of things living here. The wide open spaces, how incredibly quiet it is where some days all I hear are the birds in the trees. I’ll absolutely miss this big old beautiful house – it has been amazing. I’ll miss blueberry season where we can get kilos of fresh blueberries straight from the farm. I’ll miss my job and the girls’ school. I’ll miss being able to walk across the road if I run out of milk or eggs or to buy the girls an icecream or some hot chips. I’ll miss seeing the cows, horses, kangaroos, wedge tailed eagles and all the other animals we are lucky to see in the area (I won’t miss the snakes). I’ll miss ducking over to Byron Bay for the weekend, great coffee shops like Flock in Lismore and Little Cambridge in Mallanganee. I’ll miss the Channon Market. I’ll miss Linden’s commute to work being a walk next door. I’m sure there are plenty of other things I’ll miss.
I’m excited and a little nervous to be moving back to our old neighbourhood. I’m looking forward to being close to family again. I’m looking forward to being close to the beach and good bushwalks and bike trails. I’m looking forward to there being activities and sporting opportunities close by for the girls.
Lots of great memories and lots of great things to look forward to.