Saturday, 21 November 2015

Tap, Tap ... Anyone still There?

It's almost one year since I last wrote on this blog ... and I've truly missed it.  Particularly disconcerting, the fact that my camera sits dusty and forlorn in the office, barely touched.  I'm seriously considering a return to blogging for just one more year. 2016 will mark Sarah's last year of secondary school and Sally's last year of primary school, special milestones that certainly deserve to be captured.

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.

A much welcomed increase in cattle prices this year, and hopefully an above average wet season to come may help in hurrying activity along on the selling front. El Nino, El Schmino.

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.


  1. How I have missed your blog Fiona! It is good to see you back, for now. I hope that camera of yours gets dusted off, you have such a good eye to capture your life. Penny is adorable, I am not surprised she is allowed in the house. Have a wonderful summer time with all the kids. x

  2. It's so nice to see you back. I've really missed your tales from Down Under. I'm glad you'll be back for at least another year. Your family had grown up so much since last year and it's nice to see how they're all getting on. Welcome Back :)

  3. Oooh have lovely to see you again! Looking forward to hearing more from you.
    Leanne xx

  4. I see I am the third person to say 'Welcome Back!' Good to see you and to have your news. I kept you in my Feedly reader, just in case :). Sally is quite the lovely young lady, isn't she! And I like your hair ... Glad to see such luscious green after the recent difficult years and sending best wishes for your new venture. Hoping you'll enjoy blogging again.

  5. So good to see you back, Fiona. I've thought of you often and wondered how life has been in your part of the world. Lovely to have the photographic catch up. The kids are looking great and the cattle - no-one takes cattle pics like you do! Hope your new venture works out well for you. Look forward to sharing next year with you.

  6. Welcome back. Lovely to see your beautiful family.

  7. Welcome back! "Yes" to you blogging for another year!

  8. It is good to see you round again. Glad to see the weather has been good for you (dams can be fixed) and cattle prices definitely no complaining there.

    There is a bonus to DE for high school..... all the best for the days to come.

  9. What a surprise to have another write up from you Fiona! Everybody looks as lovely as ever, great to have you back!

  10. What a surprise to have another write up from you Fiona! Everybody looks as lovely as ever, great to have you back!

  11. Gasp indeed!!!! ­čś▒ so excited to see this most excellent recap of your year. Matthew certainly has captured the "grizzled" look nicely with the facial fuzz; your new hairs are very smokin' indeed which is quite handy given your new venture!!
    I suppose you'll want a report from NW Qld now..
    Geez I missed you mob.

  12. Hah! I knew if I just kept you on my Feedly list magic would happen. Very happy to see you back.

  13. So lovely to see your wonderful family blog back.
    Please keep at it.

  14. It's so good to see you blogging again, Fiona. I've missed your posts and your photos. Your children look so much older!

  15. I have to be honest - it was the mango weis bar recipe that drew me back... :) but I am so pleased to hear such positive news (especially the slow food truck action). Take care Fiona & please do what feels right for you xo

  16. I nearly did a backflip with excitement when I saw your blog pop up in my feed! You're so talented with both words and pictures .... I say a big definite YES to blogging 2016!

  17. Hey........I was thinking of you and there you are. I just dowloaded a Wordpress app that would make blogging (for me) so much easier and was even thinking I might get back to it again myself. Nice to see how things are going on your side of the pond.

  18. That's more like it. Hey Sharon how are things out your way? Been flamin' worrying for the last twelve months.Good to see some things in the world are normal again.

  19. Oh my Oh my Oh my! I am beyond thrilled you are back! I missed you, you are one of my most favourite bloggers! I just happened to look you up and voila! Off to catch up now ... x

  20. I can't believe I didn't know you were back. I missed seeing your posts and are very excited that you have joined us back in bloggerland. Welcome back.

  21. Oooh, you are back. I'm excited and I hope you carry on. I've missed your posts about your family and the home. Maybe you are doing a Johnny Farnham ... one more, one more, one more. Your family are looking so grown up! Also your little side business sounds tasty. Do you do weddings and travel ;)

  22. I am so glad that you are back! I have really missed this blog :)

  23. Fiona, seriously thrilled to see you back here (albeit annoyed I didn't know of this fact sooner! :-)). I have missed all of your family updates and loved reading all your latest news . Kids all so grown up now and looking so happy and healthy. So great that you are back! x



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