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Winter Harvest

We have made it to 10 months and can’t believe how fast our time up here is going. I think it seems to be going faster now that I’m working – it’s already halfway through Term 3. The girls have had a great Term so far and have both represented the school in the District and Zone Athletics Carnivals. They did so well at District, with Alice being named Junior Girls Champion. She then went onto Zone for 100m, 200m, relay and high jump. Lucy won ribbons at District and represented the school in the Zone relay. They didn’t place there but they had a great day with their Dad.

Alice was so excited one day last week and came running up to me to let me know that her class got to see a baby lamb being born. What an awesome experience for them.

Lucy’s Naplan results came out this week and we were so proud of her achievements. She is excelling in her schoolwork, even though she doesn’t think she is.

We’ve decided that we need to update our car to a larger, more rugged one for the conditions out here. I took a 4WD dual cab ute for a test drive today and the girls loved it, they wanted me to buy it immediately. We’re dreaming of all the camping holidays we can have in it and Fraser Island and Hervey Bay are high on the long list of adventures we’d like to do. Now to work out how we can afford it!

Blueberry season has started and the backpackers are in town and so are the cheap blueberries! We can buy them across the street at the Co-op by the kilo or if we are lucky, we get given free bags of them. Hopefully, if the season goes well, we’ll have fresh blueberries up until Christmas.

My sister is coming to visit for a weekend next month and we’re really looking forward to seeing someone from home again. I’ve already got the weekend planned with a Working Dog Trial competition and the Channon Craft Market. Then Mum will visit for a week during the October school holidays. I’m not too sure what we’ll do when she gets here but I’ll start looking into day trips so she doesn’t get too bored.

We’ve had a few frosts this Winter and Linden’s poor garden hasn’t coped very well. We are hoping things bounce back with the warmer weather but at the moment the front garden has frost burn and everything is brown. Thankfully we have a little vege patch that is protected and we’ve managed to grow some fennel, broccolini, snow peas and pumpkin. The rhubarb and strawberries are growing well but haven’t yet produced fruit.

This has been our first Winter here and I must admit it hasn’t been as bad as I was expecting. We’ve certainly had a few very cold mornings and evenings but not too many and the days have been beautiful and warm with only the odd cold, windy day.

I haven’t been out taking many photos these past few weeks. I’ve been so busy with work and the weekends are taken up with grocery shopping and cooking and cleaning. Hopefully, I’ll get back into it and would even love to make a video of the area one of these days. The paddocks are looking a little brown at the moment so might wait until it greens up again. It’s been a long time since we’ve had any rain.

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