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Birthdays, Sport, Campdraft and a Lantern Parade

June is a busy birthday month for us. We celebrated my birthday with a day trip to Tenterfield. We sat by an open fire in a café for hot chocolates and coffees in the morning, walked around town checking out all the lovely shops then had a delicious lunch in one of the many cafes. It was a perfect way to celebrate having the family all together with no stress.

The next birthday was Alice who turned 11 and I took the girls to the Macadamia Castle for the day. We wandered around patting the animals, watching the shows and even played mini golf. The girls had a ball and were very excited to see a brand new joey in it’s mum’s pouch. The delicious icecream at the end of the day topped of another great birthday celebration.

This week we’ll be celebrating Linden’s birthday and I’m going to attempt to make a Maggie Beer Apple Tarte Tatin. I’ve never made one before but it doesn’t seem too difficult so fingers crossed it all goes to plan.

The girls attended the Zone Cross Country at the beginning of the month and did really well. Alice was happy to have the chance to run the Corndale course and came somewhere in the middle of the field. Lucy surprised everyone by placing 3rd out of around 75 girls in her age group. She then qualified for Regional Cross Country at Nana Glen and earned her first representative singlet. I took the day off work to take her to Regionals and it was a very early start and long day but we were all so proud of her coming 17th in the region.

The very next day they had the school Athletics carnival and both had a fantastic day. Lucy came home with 5 first places and Alice received 3 first places, 1 second and 2 third place ribbons. They really love competing in sport and put all their effort into their events.

I took the girls out on Saturday and we went to watch some of the Campdraft at Mallanganee. I don’t have much of an idea about horses or the rules or Campdraft but it’s amazing to watch. The skill at maneouvering the cattle around the yard is incredible. The horses are beautiful to watch.

After Campdraft, we went into Lismore to watch the Lantern Parade. It was a cold night and very crowded but we found ourselves a great spot right at the front of the parade route. The lanterns were spectacular and everyone looked like they were having a great night..

It’s almost the end of the term, only 2 weeks to go. We have another busy school holiday planned with a couple of days on the Gold Coast and whirlwind trip to the Central Coast.

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