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Autumn 2020

I started photographing the girls with these Autumn trees 10 years ago. We have missed out on doing one every year with our time living in Tabulam but the girls were super keen to get back there this year for our Autumn photos. Check out the last photo for comparison of how they’ve changed over the years.

It’s becoming a popular spot now and we had to change days and then rush through it with a professional photographer doing family portraits on the days we had chosen but we got a few good shots.

Grateful

A lot has changed since my last post. The world has been shaken up by Coronavirus (Covid-19) and life is not the same as it was 2 months ago.

We should be in Tasmania right now enjoying a lovely family holiday but that had to be postponed. The girls are not able to go to gymnastics training anymore and it is looking highly unlikely they will be able to compete in any competitions later this year. They are missing being able to play with friends and go to the movies and go shopping. We have had to adjust to remote learning for school which has not been easy and there have been a lot of stressful, tearful days.

However, we have a lot to be grateful for.

We are grateful that we are all healthy and that Linden and I still have jobs to go to and can afford to pay our mortgage each month. We are grateful that we are on school holidays and don’t have to stress about school work for 2 weeks. We are grateful we have a backyard for the girls to get out and play in. We are grateful that we are still able to get out for bushwalks and surf at the beach. We have been rediscovering old tracks that we haven’t walked in years and enjoying the beauty of the Central Coast National Parks. The weather has been perfect for outdoor activities.

We know that this won’t last forever and we are looking forward to when we are able to go back to some of the things we love.

April 20, 2020 - 1:56 pm

Cathy Roffey - You live in a beautiful area, glad that you are able to get out and enjoy it. Take care, xx

Japan Supernatural

Last weekend we caught the train to Sydney to visit the Japan Supernatural art exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. Our very talented Nat, along with her team worked on the interactive digital displays and we had a fantastic day of exploring the gallery and having sushi for lunch afterwards.

Back Home

Early January saw us farewell our beautiful old house that we’d lived in for 3 and a bit years. We said farewell to dear friends, the river and the cows and moved back home.

The end of the school holidays were a bit of a blur, with unpacking boxes, trying to get into a routine and catching up on appointments. It has been so good to be back in our own home and our old neighbourhood. Not much has changed, a couple of new faces in the street but mostly everyone is the same. We’ve loved being back near the ocean and getting home early from school means we can do trips to the beach on warm afternoons.

The girls have settled into school really well. Alice seems to be enjoying the changes that come with High School and she comes home every afternoon with a smile and a story for us. She’s made some lovely new friends and left for a 2 night camp today which will help form more friendships I’m sure. She’s keen to get involved in the different sports and activities being offered.

Lucy has slotted straight back into her old school with her old friends and seems to be happy. She’s putting her name down for lots of different activities. Softball, dancing, drama and plenty more. Last week was her swimming carnival and she was very excited to receive a 4th place in Backstroke.

Both girls were keen to get back to gymnastics and have enrolled back at their old gym 3 afternoons a week. They’re hoping to learn their routines enough to be able to compete this year. They both decided they wanted to go back to Artistic Gymnastics rather than Acro this year to build their strength and skills back up. It’s so good to see them with big smiles on their faces and doing all kinds of flips and tricks when I go to pick them up at the end of their lessons.

I was lucky enough to be offered 3 days casual work last week at a local high school and I’m hoping I get some more offers in the coming weeks.

We’ve certainly hit the ground running since we’ve been back home and are all very happy.

Farewell Tabulam

This will be my last post from Tabulam. It’s been a whirlwind of emotions the past month with preparing to move, leaving another amazing school and Alice finishing Primary school.

Both girls really excelled at St Mary’s. We loved the school and wish we could pick it up and move it to the Central Coast. Their teachers go above and beyond what you would expect and the whole school community was more than we could have hoped for. It was hard to say goodbye to their teachers and friends – they both made some beautiful friendships while they were there.

I was also sad to say goodbye to my work family and can’t thank them enough for believing in me and giving me the courage to get back into the workforce. I have loved working and getting to know the students and families. I will certainly miss them all.

We had a quiet, restful Christmas Day spent in Byron Bay with a picnic on the beach. We were lucky with the weather and the water temperature was perfect for swimming.

We’ve almost got the house completely packed up, just have some last minute cleaning jobs to do before the removalists arrive on Thursday. They plan on spending the day packing and then we’ll leave on Friday and head back home.

The next time you hear from us will be once we’ve settled back into our old home.

Tabulam, you have been so good to us for the past 3 years. We have learned and experienced so much but it’s now time to go home.

December 29, 2019 - 6:57 pm

Joan - This has been a wonderful experience, now for next episode

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