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Hooray for Holidays

Only 3 more sleeps until Christmas and we’re getting very excited. My Mum will be arriving in Casino tonight on the Countrylink train and we are looking forward to having her stay over the Christmas/New Year break. Hope she’s enjoying her 10 hour train ride and not too uncomfortable. We’ve cleaned the house and made chocolate mousse for dessert all ready for her.

Minnie has lasted her 2 week trial period and we’ve decided she’s staying with us. She’s still barking lots but not nearly as much as she was. She has learned to sit and is learning to stay. She’s even playing with some other dogs which is so good to see. I take her for a bike ride every morning around 6am and she runs alongside my bike not caring about the cows, horses or chickens she sees. We take her down to the river and she’s getting more adventurous in the water, even going down some of the little rapids. She loves fetching a stick but doesn’t like to give it back and loves playing tug-of-war with her rope. All the toys we buy her? Well, she takes them straight under the house and buries them. Weird dog.

School holidays have started and it’s been lovely and relaxing so far. We went to the movies a couple of days ago to see The Trolls. What a fun, colourful movie with so many good songs to sing along to and a really great message. I thoroughly recommend it! This morning we spent time sewing little felt bunnies. It was actually really nice to spend a couple of hours with the girls teaching them how to sew. We would never have had the time when we were back home, always rushing from one thing to the next. Back home we were spoiled for choice of things to do, beach, parks, ice skating, reptile park, shopping, movies, anything you could think of was at our fingertips. Here, we have to learn to make our own fun. It’s hard that activities are so far away but I’m hoping we cope okay for the next three years.

We’re getting more and more produce from our garden, cherry tomatoes, basil, chives, shallots, zucchinis, beans, nasturtium flowers. So delicious and the girls love going out picking (even if they still won’t eat any of it!). We also have a big crepe myrtle tree in the backyard that has started flowering in a beautiful pink/purple colour.

The weather the past week has thankfully cooled down (though yesterday was 38 degrees again) making it much easier to sleep and more comfortable during the day.

We’ve put some Christmas fairy lights out on the front verandah to make the house look a little festive. It’s so pretty at night to see and I played around with some night photos of the girls practising with different light and I really like how they turned out.

Hope you like them too. Until next time xx

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