It’s been a weird week here for me. I’ve struggled a little in that I’ve been feeling a little lonely. It’s hard to explain as I’m not unhappy here, I’m enjoying the quiet though some days it might just be a bit too quiet. I have yet to make any friendships, it’s difficult in such a small town where there doesn’t seem to be any women my age that have similar interests.
I am grateful this week that I have started my online course and have filled up a couple of days with study. I help out in the girls classroom a couple of mornings a week and that’s been great too. On Monday I have a meeting to discuss the possibility of me being able to do my voluntary hours for the course at the girls’ school. The teachers I’ve spoken with are really keen for me to get started and there’s been talk of some possible casual work in the future which would be fantastic.
Linden’s been working a lot of nights and weekends this week and I always enjoy hearing the stories of the people he’s met and how diverse his work is here. He seems to be really enjoying the change. He’s even talking about buying a couple of cows!! He sure is embracing this country life. His vege patch is coming along and some of the plants seem to be thriving. He’s got lots of plans for the rest of the garden and I’m sure it’s going to look beautiful in a few months time.
The girls are adjusting beautifully and have made some lovely little friends at school. There has been the odd tear or two when they miss their friends back home, but mostly they are happy here. They’ve started going to swim club on a Thursday afternoon at the pool near their school (about 20 minutes drive away). It’s a great afternoon and not at all competitive which suits us just fine. They are only trying to improve their times each week and don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. There are lots of different swimming abilities and it’s so good to see them all just having a go and having fun with their friends. In between swims there is always a game of handball going on. They are loving learning to play handball and have now got all four of us out in the backyard of an afternoon playing.
I took the girls to The Channon Craft Market on Sunday which was a lot of fun. Lucy got herself a henna tattoo and they both picked up a colourful tie dyed shirt (Alice even getting to make her own under the guidance of the beautiful stallholder). We bought a few little Christmas gifts but the best part was the people watching. So many colourful characters to observe.
We’re getting our first visitors this weekend and I’ve been busy stocking the fridge and pantry and cleaning the house this week. My sister and her husband are visiting for 4 days and we can’t wait! I just hope they don’t get too bored.
Until next time x