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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Nearly School-a-Go-Go

As Summer holidays come to a close,


we are readying ourselves for what next week will bring.  With Sarah and Jess both off to boarding school Monday, there's been much washing, name-tagging and packing.

We've really enjoyed the holidays, but I think perhaps we're nearly ready for what lies ahead.  Nearly.


It's pleasing to see the kids start the school year with such a sense of anticipation and excitement.  The world is really at their feet.

Sarah and Sally who are the only ones with horses at home, have found an old show schedule and have been putting their poor old horses through the 'Stockman's Challenge'  course with regular monotony.




I think perhaps Wahoo and Bob are eagerly anticipating the return to school as well.




With Christmas money in their wallets, they enjoyed a trip to town earlier in the week.  Wallace returned home with a new cap gun in his possession, the result of currently reading a huge book of 'western adventures'.


Last week it was Vikings, prior to that Robin Hood and of course the still much loved Harry Potter.


His phases very much in tune with the pile of reading matter next to his bed.


With hay to bale tomorrow evening and cattle from Bottle Tree to truck to the meatworks this weekend the next few days will fly by.

And I'll be okay.




15 comments:

  1. Happy New Year (belatedly, but wholeheartedly) Fiona!

    I loved your recent post on rain. I had popped down to see my family in Australia around the time you posted, and tried to send you an email, but for some reason, it wouldn't get itself delivered to your account. I wanted to say how happy I was to read about your rain, but also how very much I've enjoyed all your posts (and encouragement - thank you) over the last year.

    Wishing you a happy week preparing the kids for school,
    from my snowy alps (and a very interesting week with the World Economic Forum and all its dignataries and infrastructure taking over the valleys!)
    Ali

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    1. Happy New Year to you too Ali, in your beautiful snow-coated paradise. Hope you had a wonderful visit home with your family.

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  2. Hah, love the girls putting their ponies through their paces! It's wonderful that Wallace has such a love for reading, lets hope he keeps onto that! Hang in there! x

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    1. My kids are all avid readers Jackie, to the point you can't move through the house without kicking a book out of your way, left beside a chair somewhere. I shouldn't complain about that though.

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  3. oh its so nice to see a boy with a love of reading. I hope my boy gets there, he loves books but the reading...not so much (he's a lazy little sod).
    The old horses really have slipped this year haven't they, but I bet that rain is putting a spring in their step. Girls are riding so nicely, you may have to clip old Bob up and enter him in the show ;-) Bet he'd be impressed.

    "and I'll be okay"....as you sniff and reach for the next box of tissues ;-) I have never met your kids but its been a privilege to see them grow up through my computer screen. I look forward to reading all about Jessie's big adventures, of course she'll have her big sister there to guide the way. I think maybe its a smidge easier once the first one is gone....as I type I get a slightly hollow feeling in my own stomach (and I have a WHOLE year to go yet!..this time next year I may be boosting Kleenex's share price myself!!) .... they will all be just fine!!!

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    1. Trust you to notice the horse's rather poor condition Sharon, they're all really showing their age. And yes, I have many friends facing boarding school for the first time next year ... we will all have to hold each other up.

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  4. But it seems like only last week that the school holidays began! Exciting times ahead though.

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    1. Holidays always disappear too quickly Anne. One has to look ahead with great enthusiasm though (if only to make myself feel better).

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  5. I always remember the excitement of being able to spend a designated amount of Christmas money.
    Hope the transition back into school and normal routine is a smooth one.
    x

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    1. The money's been burning a hole in their pockets Zara, though some of it is heading into their bank accounts next week.

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  6. My babes have long since flown the nest and are making their way in the big wide world. I too am OK but I miss them every single day. My son is now married and is deployed in his defence force position. He comes home to his wife, as is right and correct in the world, then comes Mummy. You will be OK but to miss them and to grieve for not having them there is OK. We are Mummies who love our babes with every fibre of our beings. Will be thinking of you and the big guy as you say your goodbyes next week. Big hugs to you both.

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    1. I well imagine Jane that it never gets any easier, though as they age they head even further afield. Sniff. Thank you for your lovely words and understanding.

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  7. Beautiful photos. I hope this week goes well. I had tears reading your post about plaiting Jess' hair for the last time in December, so i can only imagine your heartache.
    xx

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    1. It really is heart-breaking Liv. I'm envious of mums who get to have their babes home through the high school years, but it's also a fact of life. These kids grow up knowing that they'll go to boarding school. My kids even when very little would talk about high school being the school you sleep at.

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  8. Where oh where has it gone and why oh why does it go so quick...best wishes to Jessie on her next adventure and no doubt Sarah is looking forward to seeing her friends again...love knowing what Wallace is reading...can't go passed Harry but we suddenly have a new series of books...cricket! The tide it is slightly turning here in texts! Will be thinking of you Fiona next week as stress levels are creeping in here with anticipation of another year at Distance Ed! xxx

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