So what have we been up to?
Here's the fast-forwarded version of 2015 (with limited photos):
Sally entered Year 5 with Distance Ed.
Not without its challenges. But change has been embraced and Sal's learnt an independence needed for this form of schooling. Mum's learning that there isn't much that can't be resolved with coffee, deep breaths, a Bex and a good lie down.
I lost another to boarding school, one of many Queensland children farewelled to high school in Year 7 for the first time.
Though he's excelled I still feel robbed of that one extra year.
So now there are three in town ... Years 7, 9 and 11. Sal's risen to the occasion, taking on all chores on the afternoon roster, though eagerly passes the baton on the weekends these make it home.
Jess turned 14 ...
and celebrated with store-bought birthday cake. Gasp.
Our weekends are still mostly spent at Bottle Tree, with Rock Wallaby still not having sold.
We welcomed this little one to the family:
The very gorgeous and somewhat spoilt Penny who has captured our hearts like I could never have imagined. She's even allowed in the house.
Tropical Cyclone Marcia dumped some hard and fast rain on us,
resulting in one dam blow-out,
but most importantly, plenty of this green gold.
Mum had her hair cut off.
The big fella added to his.
Just for fun, we started a new little food venture in partnership with some wonderful friends, extolling the virtues of grassfed, local beef and sharing the low'n'slow cooking technique of Texas Barbecue with the masses.
I'm loving it. Certain others may not be as excited.
Our annual end of year trips to Victoria, doing embryo work are underway, with two under our belt, one December trip remaining. Having promised Sally a trip, she accompanied us just this past week.
Seeing Pharlap a definite highlight for everyone.
The school year is now coming to an end, Sally's last assessment piece submitted yesterday, the big kids being collected from school Wednesday. And we're looking forward to Christmas by the beach.
Excited by all the end of year activity to come and great opportunities in 2016.