As 2016 draws to a close I wanted to take a photo of the Tabulam Bridge. It’s been earmarked for demolition and it is truly a piece of history for this little town. Tabulam Bridge is the longest single span wooden bridge in the Southern Hemisphere. It is around 300 metres long and single lane traffic. It will be sad to see it replaced. I plan on walking back to get some different angle photographs of it soon.
We have had a lovely few days over Christmas with my Mum staying. I don’t think she was too impressed with the 2am wakeup from excited girls though. Santa had been and they wanted to see what gifts they’d received. I managed to get them back into their bedrooms to be quiet until 5.30am but it made for a very lazy, tired Christmas day. Thankfully, we didn’t have to drive anywhere and could just relax at home for the day. We had a lovely Roast Lamb lunch and blueberry cheesecake for dessert. Unfortunately Linden was called into work so he missed out on spending the afternoon and evening with us but that’s that nature of some jobs. Our neighbour’s wife also had to work so we invited him over for lunch and I was really glad that he accepted. I think the spirit of Christmas is all about sharing and I didn’t want him to spend Christmas lunch on his own. I think he had a good time with us and was grateful of some company.
Another lovely day was had on Boxing Day. We were so lucky that my sister and her family were in the area visiting her in-laws for Christmas so they drove out to see us on Boxing Day. We had a delicious lunch together and then went swimming in the river. We bought the girls big inflatable rings for Christmas and my two nephews received full face snorkel and masks which were so much fun. They had a great afternoon exploring the river and even found yabbies. We even managed to get Mum into the water!
She’s been saying how quiet and peaceful it is here, I hope that’s not code for ‘I’m so bored!’. It is hard not to get a bit bored around here and I worry that guests won’t enjoy it. I must say that the first 2 months have been lovely and relaxing but it is starting to get a little boring. I’m finding it difficult that any facilities/activities are so far away.
We took Mum for a day trip yesterday out to Evans Head. It’s the closest beach to us and is around 1 and a half hours away. I’d never been there before and was so happy we discovered it. It is so beautiful and I’m excited to go back out of school holidays when it’s not quite as crowded.
So at the end of 2016, I am sitting here reflecting on how on earth I got here! This time last year I’d not even heard of Tabulam let alone thought I’d move from our home in Bensville. It’s been a whirlwind few months but I’m glad we’ve taken the opportunity to give it a go. As Linden says, we’ll remember these days forever and have a good laugh at the things we’ve seen and done while out here.
Let’s hope 2017 is as fun and adventurous. We hope you all have a relaxing, peaceful and safe holiday and look forward to hearing all your adventures in 2017.
See you in 2017!!