Tomorrow marks one year since we moved into this house in Tabulam and what a year it’s been. Alice was a bit teary again this morning, missing her old home but I keep reminding them of all the amazing things we are getting to see here that we wouldn’t experience in Bensville.
It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks with Mum visiting for the second week of the holidays then back to school with Lucy’s 9th birthday thrown in the middle. Thankfully the weather was cooler for her and we even had a few spots of well-needed rain to help the gardens and water tanks along. We took Mum to Alstonville one day for lunch and visited Summerland House Farm and pottered around the gift store. Afterwards, we went over to Ballina for a quick swim to cool off then drove back home. We didn’t do a lot while she was here, as she was pretty worn out from a 3 week bus tour of Western Australia. We did manage to spend a day at the Macadamia Castle and had a lovely time patting the animals and watching the free flight bird show. After the castle, we visited Lennox Head for lunch and the girls had a swim at Lake Ainsworth, a tea tree lake that is so beautiful. The water is stained brown from the trees but it makes your skin and hair feel incredibly soft.
The girls had a horseriding lesson and their swim club presentation while Mum was staying so it was great for her to see them riding Crystle. Lucy was awarded a 3rd place trophy at swim club for her division and she was so excited for her first trophy.
Linden and I also took advantage of having Mum here so we left the girls with her for an afternoon and took the canoe out. We paddled up under the Tabulam Bridge and along a little creek. It was peaceful with the only sounds being some lizards splashing in the water and birds chirping. I think I may have seen my first platypus too – though it was too quick to be sure.
Mum had to leave early on Lucy’s 9th birthday so we gave Lucy the choice of what she’d like to do for a family day. After dropping mum off at the train station, we had breakfast in a café and then headed to the coast for the day. We went back to Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head. We stopped at a lookout spot and watched humpback whales and dolphins playing and jumping out of the water. It was incredible. Then went to Byron Bay for the afternoon. We ate birthday cake in the back of the car with ocean views and the girls went surfing in the crystal clear water of The Pass. It was such a perfect day and it was the first day of the school holidays that I actually felt really relaxed. The ocean is my calming place – I think it has that effect on all of us. The smiles on the girls’ faces were the biggest I’ve seen in a long time.
We are back at school again and slowly getting back into some kind of routine. The local pool has opened again for the 2017/18 season and swim club will start back up next week.
Before we know it, it will be the Christmas school holidays and we’ll be heading back to the Central Coast for a couple of weeks holiday. The girls are very excited to see their old friends again.
Be warned, there are lots of photos of the birthday girl this week!
Until next time xx