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A Quiet Life in the Country?

Why did I ever think I was going to have a quiet country life while living here? I should have known better. I have never been able to sit still and relax so I don’t know why things would be different. I have thrown myself into everything and anything I come across and have been so busy lately. Not that I’m complaining, I am really enjoying being busy.

I’ve been getting the odd casual day here and there as a Teacher’s Aide when one of the regular staff call in sick and that has been awesome. I love working with the students and helping them with whatever task they are doing. Any kind of work is difficult to find in a small country town so when I was asked to work on a more regular basis in the school office I didn’t hesitate to say yes.  I will be working every Tuesday and Friday and every second Wednesday in the office and the ladies have been so friendly and helpful teaching me the job.

The Tabulam Blueberry Festival is on Saturday and I’ve been busy baking for the CWA stall. I’ve baked Blueberry and Banana Breads to sell and today have been busy making 60 or so Blueberry Monte Carlos. Last week a journalist from one of the local papers came out and interviewed ‘Bluebelle’ our Festival mascot. I had a great morning with her taking photos around town with some of the local businesses. It sounds like it’s going to be a huge day with lots of market stalls, information stands and kids activities. Fingers crossed the weather is kind to us.

Talking about the weather, it has cooled down a lot during the nights and early mornings but the days have still be beautifully warm. It’s a really nice time of year, not too hot but not too cold either. It’s warm enough still to go for a swim in the river and we took the inflatables down late Sunday afternoon for a play. We spent a couple of hours playing in the water and the girls have made a ‘club house’ down in the trees where they make slingshots and just have a great time playing. It’s so good to hear them getting along and enjoying the outdoors.

Last week was Minnie’s first birthday and we celebrated with a special dog friendly cake for her and a new stuffed toy to play with. She’s certainly one spoiled dog. She loves going to the river and fetching sticks, though she’s still not good at bringing them back. She’s not afraid of the water and jumps straight in without hesitation.

We’ve been trying to arrange a horseriding lesson for a couple of weeks but every day we have planned, the weather turns on us and the lesson gets cancelled. We have our fingers crossed that tomorrow after school will go ahead. Lucy is so excited to ride a horse, she has friends here who have their own ponies and do Pony Club, Campdrafts and other competitions so she’s really keen to have a go too. She even wants me to buy her the lovely shirts and boots her friends wear.

I haven’t had a great deal of luck in photography competitions and don’t enter many as it gets expensive with entry fees and printing/framing etc. I decided to enter our local show though and was very happy to come away with two first place and two second place prizes. Though I did enter 15 photos!

I also decided to enter the Wyong Exposure Photographic Prize and was very excited to find out I am a finalist. They have chosen 145 images from around 700. I now have to get the photo printed, mounted and delivered to them before the cut-off date. It’s a shame I don’t live close by anymore so I won’t see it hanging in the gallery but I’m very happy to have it on show.

Now that mental image of my quiet country life of lying in a hammock on the verandah reading a book is a distant memory. I guess that’s the just my nature, never one to sit still long enough though I do enjoy a good book when I get time.

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