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Almost the holidays

One more week of school and then we can start to wind down for a couple of weeks school holidays. At least that’s the plan. I’ve been finding it difficult to function well lately with a lot of noise in my brain and a busy schedule. A brave face and smile and no-one is the wiser. People just don’t want to listen to complaints and I don’t feel like I can talk about my concerns. Whenever you mention how you are feeling, there’s always someone that’s doing it tougher than you so you soon learn not to bother speaking up.

Poor Linden must get sick of me pouring out my thoughts, he’s the only one that I feel I can be honest with. Sometimes I doubt he’s actually listening, though it does feel good to get things off my chest.

A couple of weekends ago, we had a lovely visit from home – my sister and her husband came to stay for 3 nights. We went to Bald Rock and Boonoo Falls on the Sunday and I was very proud of Michelle making it to the top of the rock.

Last weekend the 4 of us did the Casino Fun Run and had a great morning together. Linden did the 5km run and even managed to win 3rd place in the over 40s group. The girls and I ran the 2km. Lucy is keen to start Little Athletics next term so we have signed her up and will see how she goes. I’m sure she’ll have fun and make lots of new friends. Alice is going to try it out and see if she wants to continue but she’s not as interested as Lucy.

Mum has decided to come and visit for a few days during the first week of the school holidays so we’re looking forward to seeing her and having a shopping day in Lismore.

Our Fraser Island holiday is coming up soon and I’m keen to make a short video of our trip if I can. I also decided to buy a dome for the Gopro so I can get some over/under split photos at the various lakes. We’re all looking forward to the adventure and have planned out a rough itinerary of ‘must see’ things while we are there.

Hopefully I’ll have lots of photos to show from our trip.

Until next time x

Winter Fires

Halfway through another school term and the world is spinning so fast at the moment, I’m struggling to keep up.

Alice has settled in well to her new school and seems to be doing really well. Last week was Book Week and they had a dress up day where she chose to dress up as Pippi Longstocking yet again. It seems to be her ‘go to’ outfit that she’s comfortable in and I won’t complain as it’s very easy to organise. The last time she dressed up as Pippi was back in Year 1 and I managed her hair much better this time around I think.

Lucy has been doing well at Athletics carnivals and was awarded Junior Girl Champion at the Upper Clarence District carnival. She would have competed against 4 other local schools and came first in 100m, 200m, long jump and the relay. She came 2nd in the 800m. She then went onto Zone in Lismore last week and while she didn’t place there, she had a really great day.

Last weekend we went to Ballina for the day to do some shopping and while we were there we had messages to say there was an out of control fire that was threatening the town. We managed to get home and there was thick smoke and road closures but the town seemed to be okay. The power was out for a while and phones and internet were out for a few days. I was very nervous that night not quite sure what the status of the fire was but luckily it didn’t jump the river behind us so the town was safe. We went for a drive the next day to see the damage and were surprised at how far it had spread. I’m glad we weren’t home to witness the helicopters and emergency services crews. I would have been a lot more stressed if I was home when it was all happening.

There’s never a dull moment in Tabulam.

School Holiday Fun

School holidays were as hectic as usual with very little rest time but it was so good to catch up with family and old friends. The first week of school holidays saw us on the Gold Coast for 3 days catching up with one of Lucy’s dear friends from the Central Coast and having an absolute ball at SeaWorld and MovieWorld. The little daredevils are finally tall enough for the big rides at MovieWorld and they dragged me on all the rides with them. The new DC Rivals rollercoaster was as scary as it looks and I felt like I was having an anxiety attack in the queue but I’m glad I didn’t back out and can now say I’ve been on it. They say it’s the tallest, longest and fastest roller coaster in the Southern Hemisphere. You can even pay extra to ride it backwards if you are keen which I most certainly was not but Lucy would have if I had let her. I’m not so sure I’d do it again but the girls loved it.

We also had a visit from one of our Bonalbo school friends who has moved to Melbourne. It was so good to see her and hear all about her new school and what she’s up to in Melbourne.

My best friend came to visit with her two girls and stayed for a few days. We showed them around town, introduced them to the calves along Racecourse Road, explored the river and had a great day at Bald Rock National Park climbing the rock and visiting Captain Thunderbolt’s cave. I loved having them visit and showing her our Tabulam life.

During the second week of school holidays, we flew back to the Central Coast for a couple of days for some appointments. We only had a very limited time to catch up with friends but we were able to squeeze a couple of visits with the girls’ Empire Bay school friends and a lovely dinner with family. We’ll be back again for a couple of weeks in January so will hopefully have more time to catch up with friends then.

The new term has started and we are all systems go with a new school for Alice. She’s now travelling into Casino to get her re-adjusted to a larger school and get her ready for high school. So far so good, she’s coming home all smiles and stories about the lessons she’s doing and the friends she’s met. She has lots of activities to prepare for this term which she is really enjoying. It’s a huge relief to see her so happy.

The frost has burned off most of Linden’s garden but it will bounce back once the warmer weather arrives I’m sure. All in all, our very busy life in Tabulam is going extremely well at the moment.

Until next time x

Birthdays, Sport, Campdraft and a Lantern Parade

June is a busy birthday month for us. We celebrated my birthday with a day trip to Tenterfield. We sat by an open fire in a café for hot chocolates and coffees in the morning, walked around town checking out all the lovely shops then had a delicious lunch in one of the many cafes. It was a perfect way to celebrate having the family all together with no stress.

The next birthday was Alice who turned 11 and I took the girls to the Macadamia Castle for the day. We wandered around patting the animals, watching the shows and even played mini golf. The girls had a ball and were very excited to see a brand new joey in it’s mum’s pouch. The delicious icecream at the end of the day topped of another great birthday celebration.

This week we’ll be celebrating Linden’s birthday and I’m going to attempt to make a Maggie Beer Apple Tarte Tatin. I’ve never made one before but it doesn’t seem too difficult so fingers crossed it all goes to plan.

The girls attended the Zone Cross Country at the beginning of the month and did really well. Alice was happy to have the chance to run the Corndale course and came somewhere in the middle of the field. Lucy surprised everyone by placing 3rd out of around 75 girls in her age group. She then qualified for Regional Cross Country at Nana Glen and earned her first representative singlet. I took the day off work to take her to Regionals and it was a very early start and long day but we were all so proud of her coming 17th in the region.

The very next day they had the school Athletics carnival and both had a fantastic day. Lucy came home with 5 first places and Alice received 3 first places, 1 second and 2 third place ribbons. They really love competing in sport and put all their effort into their events.

I took the girls out on Saturday and we went to watch some of the Campdraft at Mallanganee. I don’t have much of an idea about horses or the rules or Campdraft but it’s amazing to watch. The skill at maneouvering the cattle around the yard is incredible. The horses are beautiful to watch.

After Campdraft, we went into Lismore to watch the Lantern Parade. It was a cold night and very crowded but we found ourselves a great spot right at the front of the parade route. The lanterns were spectacular and everyone looked like they were having a great night..

It’s almost the end of the term, only 2 weeks to go. We have another busy school holiday planned with a couple of days on the Gold Coast and whirlwind trip to the Central Coast.

A Busy, Fun Month

We’ve had a really busy month since my last update and it’s been so much fun.

The four of us had 3 nights in Mooloolaba for Alice and Lucy to participate in the Weetbix Tryathlon at the Sunsine Coast University with my friend Louise’s boys. It’s the second one the girls have done and they had an awesome morning. We spent the weekend surfing/body boarding at the beach or swimming in the hotel pool and catching up with Louise, Elliott and Liam.

On the drive up to the Sunshine Coast, we stopped for lunch in Brisbane to visit my Aunt, Uncle and cousin Cate. It’s always so good to see them and chat about what we’ve all been up to. I love them to bits!

Two week later, Alice, Lucy and I had a weekend on the Gold Coast where we met my sister Michelle and brother in law Carl for a couple of nights. We also had lunch with my nephew Phil and his girlfriend Ali. The weather was awesome and we loved the vibe of the Gold Coast. It’s always a very tiring couple of days and walked A LOT!

A couple of weekends ago it was so windy and cold, we didn’t even leave the house. The girls were starting to get a little restless so we created our own little photography studio and I dragged the big camera out to take some portraits. It’s been so long since I’ve picked up the big camera for a purpose and it felt really good. They were excited to put a bit of makeup on and pose for the camera. I was a little shocked to see how much they have grown, not my tiny little girls anymore.

The school Cross Country was held a couple of weeks ago and Lucy came first, Alice came second in their age groups. They both then competed at the District Cross Country with 5 other schools and Lucy came first, receiving her first trophy. She has been training so hard for it and we were all very proud. Alice came 4th in her age group and they both have qualified to go to the Zone Cross Country in Corndale (just outside of Lismore) in 2 weeks time.

Mothers Day was last week and we drove out to the Channon markets and afterwards discovered Protestor Falls in the Nightcap National Park. It was about a 15 minute walk through beautiful rainforest with a rocky creek following us along the way. The falls themselves were spectacular with a big pool at the bottom. It was well worth the detour.

The next day we decided to let the girls have the day off school for a family day. We had lunch in Lismore at a favourite café and then drove out to Evans Head where we could drive out onto the beach and practice our sand driving for our Fraser Island adventure later this year. It was too windy and cool for a surf, so we went to the skatepark and watched the girls ride their bike and skateboard around. On the way home, just outside of Casino is a huge sunflower field flowering at the moment. It’s so awesome to see that many sunflowers in one place.

I’m enjoying having Monday’s off work, it gives me a chance to catch up on housework, edit photos and write a Blog Post. Next weekend, we’ll go to Casino for the Beef Week parade which is a huge even in the Casino calendar. 10 days of festivities. It should be a fun day.

Until next time x


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