Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Saturday, 28 December 2013
Perhaps my greatest relief was not being woken by Tom when he went to the toilet around 2 o'clock in the morning and decided to go through his stocking. I don't know whether I would have recovered from that one… Nor the early start at 5.30am when he woke again and pulled his sister from a drowsy sleep, enticing her to check her own stocking… Don't you just love these cheesy grins prior to opening their main presents from us? And below, the intense work that followed - putting the Lego sets together…
Tom was given a building on fire and Sophie, a cargo plane - both very well received gifts. Jono now has a Lego starter kit - the beginning of quite an obsession, if his siblings are anything to go by!
Tuesday, 24 December 2013
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
If I think of the months since then, it's been one of those busy times at home anyway - kids' sport on weekends, establishing new garden beds, running around after three children, my Poppies project coming to fruition... add in the sale of 'Winterfold' and there's not been a moment to draw breath. Mum and Errol bought it in 2000 and it's become a much loved home. Set in rugged granitic ranges in some of Victoria's most beautiful scenery, it's been the place of many adventures for our family.
I kept planning to come back here to this space - my blog - and document these last moments as they occurred, but it's been impossible to finish a thought, let alone put finger to keyboard. There hasn't been any writing - the only work I've sat down to is the paid kind, much needed at this time of year! With school holidays commencing on Friday, it doesn't seem likely to quieten down anytime soon - and if it wasn't for Avril's kind comment this morning, wondering how I was getting on, I may not have returned for a while longer. But as a blog reader as much as a writer, I, too, have pondered on people's absences and unexplained ones can be troublesome. It's with much pleasure I can report all's well, if only ridiculously chaotic... Stay tuned over the next little while for a catch up of what we've been doing around the house and garden...
Until then, thank you for reading - and Avril, thank you for asking!