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Back to Routine

School is back and we are well and truly back into the work and school routine. We had such a wonderful, busy school holiday, it was hard to go back. I’m working full time again for the next few weeks which is taking some adjustment. I need to organise myself better for some kind of routine at home. The washing gets out of control and I’m trying to find quick and easy recipes for dinners at night. I feel like I’m losing control of keeping the house tidy. I’m sure we’ll work it out but for now, Sunday has been an at-home cleaning up kind of day. And finding the time to write and take photographs for the Blog is getting harder and harder.

The second week of the school holiday saw us at SeaWorld Resort for two nights with one of my best friends and her two little girls. The four girls get along so well and we raced around from one ride to the next packing our days full at SeaWorld and Movie World. I wish we could have spent longer with them. It was the best few days of laughing and catching up. We even managed to fit in a dinner with my nephew who I haven’t seen in years. He’s doing all kinds of amazing things in the Chemistry world with his Phd at Griffith University and we are all so proud of him.

The girls were lucky enough to have a Dolphin Experience on our last day at SeaWorld where they were able to learn from a trainer and get into the water with Starbuck, one of the resident dolphins. They had the best time patting him and getting splashed and talked about it for days afterwards.

Tabulam was busy last weekend with a service commemorating the Australian Light Horse Brigade. The history of the Australian Light Horse Brigade goes back to the Upper Clarence Light Horse Brigade formed in Tabulam. It was wonderful to hear stories and poems of the Brigade and we loved seeing riders dressed in military uniforms riding through town and demonstrating tent pegging. I think everyone was surprised at how many people came to our little town.

Later this year is the 100 year anniversary of the famous Battle of Beersheba led by Lt.-General Sir Harry Chauvel and there will be a 3 day ride from Tabulam to Grafton in October. It is going to be amazing sight to see hundreds of riders riding across the river on their way to Grafton.

The year is going so fast, October will be here before we know it and that will mark our one year anniversary of moving here.

The nights are starting to get very cold now and we are getting frosts in the morning which is very pretty to see. It was 3 degrees at 7am this morning though it does warm up and the days are beautiful and sunny with bright blue skies.

Another thing I’ve been noticing lately is how much I’m enjoying my own company. I like the silence and having no dramas of being disappointed or annoyed by people. No listening to the girls fighting or complaining. No demands of my time. Now, this may not be such a good thing as I’m not great at the whole ‘social’ scene, so the more I remove myself from the company of others, the more reclusive I’m likely to get. I forget how to talk to people and how to act around people. It’s hard for me to find and keep friendships and I think I’ll only get worse as time goes on. However, I have really been enjoying walking down to the river by myself, finding a nice log to sit on and just ‘being’ or reading a good book. I don’t get a lot of time to do it lately, so when I do find the time, I make the most of it.

Until next time x

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