the silver linings of Spring - it's all about timing
What a mixed week of high highs & low lows. Thank you for the supportive comments on the last post where i had accidentally uploaded an entire new blog look which didn't take my fancy, however, prompted me for fresh changes & i'm liking this new style (after i left my blog for a couple of days i was able to fix it calmly!!) It was all put into perspective as we lost 5 Australian soldiers in Afghanistan. My heart breaks & my husband has been very quiet, he couldn't have planned a fishing trip away with our son at a better time. They didn't end up camping outdoors, yet they bonded over Swiss Army knives, lamb stew, toasted marshmallows & the one that got away.
Saturdays are chicken coop/ run cleaning days & i was impressed one chicken laid an egg overnight at -8C. It was still -6C when i was raking up straw, all taps & water feeders frozen solid. My handsome soldier will return to a bounty of chicken-poo-mulch for the garden. The children want to experiment with new chicken breeds, top of the list are Araucanas & Frizzles, however, we have to lose 4 hens first (Daddy's Rules) . . . yesterday at a school luncheon, i rehomed 3 laying hens, brilliant.
I picked up the new DVD release The Hunger Games, we read the books first (i think it's really important to read what your children are reading!!) & the movie wasn't half bad at the cinema. I was running early for school so popped the movie in the car & couldn't get it to play. Thankfully an 8 year old rescued me . . . press 'select' not 'play' to play discs??!! By the afternoon our new car has been snowed on then a light hail storm. Later that night on the way home from a party, i was pulled over by the police for running an amber traffic light. Cue the most forgiving Federal Policeman . . . because i was friendly & genuinely thought it was Ok/ i was in a new car/ it had been snowing/ the roads were wet/ i thought i would be more dangerous to stop . . . he let me go. Then we talked chickens (he knows the policeman who hatches our chicks) & i thanked the kind small town mentality of our nation's capital!! FYI amber means prepare to stop, you can get booked for running an amber light!!
Seasons in Australia commence on the 1st of every 3rd month (September, December, March, June) not moon timings . . . today is the first day of Spring. The sun has moved so much since i planted the chicken-day-house-roof-top-lettuce-garden they will really start to flourish. It was so cold last night i had to have a hot shower to warm up & pinch a child from her bed to stay warm, brrr, coldest night i can remember all Winter - talk about a last hurrah!!
It's athletics season & time for school carnivals - my primary schoolers brought home a bunch of ribbons & have already attended the regionals, this week - my high schooler had her sports day. She entered every event possible while i was sun/ rain/ wind burnt . . . she won age champion (out of 200 girls!!) As always, her school does fancy dress (our house theme was 'pink') so the entertainment factor was high as my husband & i watched inflatable horses, builders, fruit, 1950's housewives, Braveheart, natives & SciFi costumes run, jump & throw all day.
In poorly timed mishaps this week . . .
i have driven a huge splinter down my finger nail & another into my finger tip;
late to a school assembly as my husband changed the oil on his car & took my car to the hardware store, then left me with an empty fuel tank;
i had to run volleyball kneepads to school, due to snow i was late & my daughter froze while waiting; our German Shepherd broke a snow dome with his tail, sob, those things really smash;
i paid for 3 different school excursions & events late;
i was so stiff from my Michelle Bridges workout i missed my son's 2nd origami creative club class (i don't think one boy was sorry, he was so loud, i threatened to sit next to him next class!!);
while waiting for my husband outside his building for a lunch date, the police tapped on my window to see if i was dodgy;
i left the Father's Day gifts for my Daddy & father-in-law a day late, hope they arrive on time;
i turned up to Costco an hour before it opened;
& my least favourite - the 9p.m. midweek volleyball match, yawn.
A great Australian saying in such dismay . . . "she'll be apples" & at $1/kg these juicing apples from the Farmer's Market do indeed make everything alright.
Surprisingly we're expecting a 24C day, that's inland living folks, 30C temperature variations & hallelujah for clothes line washing. Happy Father's Day, i'm so excited with the gifts we've chosen, i even organised a giant Lego message to be built in Brisbane for my handsome soldier, perfect timing for the best father my children could possibly dream for. Sunshine people, SUNSHINE, love Posie PS last chance to win a family pass to Taronga Western Plains Zoo, ends Sunday midnight.