It’s been an interesting 2 weeks with no internet or television and very limited mobile reception but I’m happy to announce, we now have internet access and I can update you on our move to Tabulam. I must admit that it hasn’t been easy, there have been a few tears but it’s getting easier each day. As inconvenient as it has been being isolated from the world and not knowing what is going on with family and friends, I’ve quite enjoyed the peace and quiet. Tabulam certainly is quiet and I’ve felt relaxed and peaceful more often than stressed and anxious.
The girls are settling in really well and seem to be enjoying their new school and house. Lucy especially loves all the animals we have seen. It’s been a huge relief to see them smile and enjoy going for bike rides, walks down to the river and seeing cows and calves up close.
Their school is a 20 minute drive through lots of paddocks and some days we have to stop to let cows cross the road which the girls think is lots of fun. We also have to look out for turtles crossing the road and the occasional kangaroo. Yesterday we tried them on the bus home and they seemed to enjoy the trip. The lovely driver has even said he’ll pick them up and drop them back right near the house, rather than having to walk up to the bus stop. That’s country hospitality for you!
There are around 55 students in K-6. Alice and Lucy are both in the 2/3 class which is the biggest class and mostly girls. I went in to help out in the classroom yesterday and counted 6 boys to 20 girls!! All the kids seem really friendly and at lunchtime all the years play together. They usually play Bullrush, handball or play on the playground equipment. Their class is going on an overnight excursion to Coffs Harbour adventure camp next week which sounds like lots of fun.
Our house is a beautiful old house with huge rooms and keeps really cool in the hot weather. We have a small backyard which needs a bit of work to make it look pretty but luckily I have a husband who loves to potter in the garden. The locals have been telling us we have the best house in Tabulam. Across the road are the little shops. We have a small supermarket, a café, a co-op which sells lots of lovely local produce and a post office. There’s also a pub across the road. I’m actually finding it really lovely to be able to walk across the road and pick up some milk, bread or eggs if I’ve run out.
The main industries around here seem to be cattle (both dairy and beef), wheat fields and blueberry farms (we’ve been buying blueberries for $5.50 a kilo!!!!).
Each Saturday, we drive to Lismore (one hour drive) for the girls to do a gymnastics class and do the weekly grocery shopping. We’ve found an awesome Council run library that has a huge range of DVDs and even jigsaw puzzles. These have been a lifesaver since having no TV.
I think I’ve given you a brief look into our new life in Tabulam, I hope you’ve enjoyed what you’ve seen so far. Until next time!