Life is spinning and going so fast I’m struggling so I’ll keep this post short. Sunday we decided to go camping for a night at Lederville. The location was beautiful right next to the Rocky River with cattle and stock horses. We did manage to have a play at the River before the huge storm hit in the late afternoon. It wasn’t much fun after that so we packed up early Monday morning and drove home in the rain.
This week Tabulam has been abuzz with remembering the Australian Lighthorse Brigade and the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba. General Sir Harry Chauvel who led the charge at Beersheba was born in Tabulam and a 3 day memorial ride had been organised in his honour as well as honouring all the men and horses who fought at Beersheba.
It was a very proud afternoon on Tuesday listening to stories and bush poetry of the Battle and the significance of Tabulam in the Lighthorse history.
After the speeches, 20 riders reinacted the famous charge and it was intimidating watching them ride straight for the crowd. I can only imagine how the Turks felt when they heard and saw 800 horsemen charging their trenches.
The next morning the riders started their 3 day ride but were unable to ride across the river as originally planned as the recent rain had made the river too dangerous for the horses to cross. Instead they rode across the Tabulam Bridge and are now making their way to Copmanhurst where there will be a memorial service on Saturday morning.
There are lots of photos and news articles if you wanted to research some more. The Beersheba Memorial Ride 2017, Richmond River Express Examiner and ABC North Coast on Facebook Or you could check out the various news websites too. There were lots of media filming the events.
I felt really proud to be in Tabulam this week and to experience such a wonderful event.
The jacarandas are out in flower and giving the town a lovely pop of colour. The Grafton Jacaranda festival is on now and we are planning on driving down there this weekend for the festivities. We are hoping it will be a fun day out with lots of colour and events.
Last Sunday we decided to have a change from the usual boring housework routine and went on an adventure. The weather was perfect for a bushwalk, not too hot and not raining so we drove to Bald Rock National Park near Tenterfield and climbed to the Summit of Bald Rock (the largest exposed granite rock in Australia). There are two tracks to the summit, of course Linden chose the steep Rockface Walk. Thankfully, we came back down the easier Bungoona track. We were lucky enough to see a beautiful python and some Cunningham’s Skinks along the way. The balancing rocks were so interesting, huge granite rocks just balancing on top of the rock. It’s hard to imagine how they were formed. We missed the flowering of rock lilies which would have been stunning, but there was so much else to look at, we weren’t worried.
After our Bald Rock walk, we drove to nearby Boonoo Boonoo (pronounced Bunna Bunnoo) falls and walked the short distance to the viewpoint. There were some really nice campsites in the area an pools to swim. The water was a bit cool but Linden and the girls went for a dip in the Platypus Pool.
Next stop on our tour was Thunderbolt’s Hideout, believed to have been used by Captain Thunderbolt to hide from the Troopers. “Captain Thunderbolt” (1836-1870) was a famous bushranger who began his career when he escaped from Cockatoo Island prison in Sydney Harbour. He had been serving a sentence for stealing horses. It was fun to walk around the tracks and find caves and imagine a bushranger hiding out from the police.
This past school week has been a very busy one. The girls went on an overnight school camp to Thunderbird Adventure Park at Mount Tamourine on the Gold Coast. They had a ball playing laser skirmish, fossicking for thunder eggs and had a bonfire at night. The came back home with lots of stories and a bag each full of rocks and treasures they had found.
Swim Club has started back up again and they’re really enjoying Thursday afternoons swimming with their friends.
Friday afternoon the Bonalbo pub organised a Halloween Trick or Treat afternoon. The kids were split up into two groups and we had a list of houses to visit that were happy to welcome Trick or Treaters. There were so many scary costumes, it was awesome to see the children of all ages having so much fun. I walked with the older group and they were all so well behaved. There were lots of lollies handed out and lots of smiling faces. It was great to be involved in such a well organised event.
I’m definitely looking forward to a quiet day tomorrow though, it’s been a hectic week for all of us.
Until next time.
I’ve been wanting to do this Blog post for quite some time but never seem to get around to it (or have I shared a similar story previously and my memory is failing me again?). During the school holidays, while Mum was visiting, I took her for a walking tour around town to take some photos so I could capture what the actual centre of town looks like. She was a bit grossed out by my obsession with a decaying cow over the other side of the highway and I did take her to the first cemetery in Tabulam to look at some old graves by the river. There is the main cemetery up near the Racecourse, but this little one is just a few graves and I’m intrigued by their age and stories.
I thought people might be interested to see what this little town looks like. Hope you enjoy the snaps.
Tomorrow marks one year since we moved into this house in Tabulam and what a year it’s been. Alice was a bit teary again this morning, missing her old home but I keep reminding them of all the amazing things we are getting to see here that we wouldn’t experience in Bensville.
It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks with Mum visiting for the second week of the holidays then back to school with Lucy’s 9th birthday thrown in the middle. Thankfully the weather was cooler for her and we even had a few spots of well-needed rain to help the gardens and water tanks along. We took Mum to Alstonville one day for lunch and visited Summerland House Farm and pottered around the gift store. Afterwards, we went over to Ballina for a quick swim to cool off then drove back home. We didn’t do a lot while she was here, as she was pretty worn out from a 3 week bus tour of Western Australia. We did manage to spend a day at the Macadamia Castle and had a lovely time patting the animals and watching the free flight bird show. After the castle, we visited Lennox Head for lunch and the girls had a swim at Lake Ainsworth, a tea tree lake that is so beautiful. The water is stained brown from the trees but it makes your skin and hair feel incredibly soft.
The girls had a horseriding lesson and their swim club presentation while Mum was staying so it was great for her to see them riding Crystle. Lucy was awarded a 3rd place trophy at swim club for her division and she was so excited for her first trophy.
Linden and I also took advantage of having Mum here so we left the girls with her for an afternoon and took the canoe out. We paddled up under the Tabulam Bridge and along a little creek. It was peaceful with the only sounds being some lizards splashing in the water and birds chirping. I think I may have seen my first platypus too – though it was too quick to be sure.
Mum had to leave early on Lucy’s 9th birthday so we gave Lucy the choice of what she’d like to do for a family day. After dropping mum off at the train station, we had breakfast in a café and then headed to the coast for the day. We went back to Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head. We stopped at a lookout spot and watched humpback whales and dolphins playing and jumping out of the water. It was incredible. Then went to Byron Bay for the afternoon. We ate birthday cake in the back of the car with ocean views and the girls went surfing in the crystal clear water of The Pass. It was such a perfect day and it was the first day of the school holidays that I actually felt really relaxed. The ocean is my calming place – I think it has that effect on all of us. The smiles on the girls’ faces were the biggest I’ve seen in a long time.
We are back at school again and slowly getting back into some kind of routine. The local pool has opened again for the 2017/18 season and swim club will start back up next week.
Before we know it, it will be the Christmas school holidays and we’ll be heading back to the Central Coast for a couple of weeks holiday. The girls are very excited to see their old friends again.
Be warned, there are lots of photos of the birthday girl this week!
Until next time xx