This week has been all about the river, trying to find some great spots for swimming or to take the canoe at a later date. Directly behind our house is a dirt road through cow paddocks to the river. There’s a lot of shade and a small swimming hole with little rapids for the girls to play on their inflatable rings. The days have been really warm so it’s perfect to head down there after school or late afternoon on the weekends. Who needs a pool when you have the river at your doorstep!
Last Saturday was the Tabulam Races. It’s a once a year event and brings in hundreds of campers and bus loads of people from far and wide to experience the country race day. The girls and I got frocked up and headed down in the afternoon but it was so hot, we only stayed an hour to watch one race and then headed back home. I’ll know for next year not to get quite so dressed up. I haven’t been to a country race before and while some ‘fashions on the field’ entrants got all dressed up with pretty dresses and fascinators, the majority of the crowd were in summer attire. A lot of the crowd were from the hundreds of backpackers living in Tabulam for the blueberry picking season. Everyone seemed to be having fun and there were lots of free kids activities which was great. However, being there without friends and not being a drinker or gambler, I was happy to leave early and head to the river for a swim.
We did find a fantastic swimming hole down by the racecourse though so that was well worth it. There’s a huge area to swim, with a sandy shore and we can’t touch the bottom so the girls had a ball. Just a short walk downriver is a beautiful rapids area with big rocks to climb over. It’s definitely a spot we might come back to with the canoe and even camp overnight.
We’ve been looking every day on the various pet rescue sites looking for a perfect addition to our family but as yet haven’t found what we are looking for. We’ve enquired about a few but they’ve already had adoption applications by the time we send through our interest. I’m sure the perfect dog will come along soon.
I’ve tried to get out riding but the roads aren’t in great condition and they are very windy and narrow. It’s a bit scary when a car or truck speeds past and the cattle grids get a bit annoying after the 20th one! After dropping the girls at the bus stop this morning we headed out to the road out towards Richmond Range National Park. It was a 6km dirt road along a ridge overlooking some very pretty countryside that had some hills. It wasn’t too hard for me and my poor mountain biking skills but still tough enough to get a good workout.
I hope you are enjoying our updates and photos. Until next time. xx