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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Fifteen

We love a birthday in these parts. No matter whose it is we all equally relish the opportunity for a celebration. Weather advice Friday predicted somewhere between 100 and 300 mm of rain for our region (further cause for celebration), indicating that three high schoolers really should have had the weekend at school.  Jess the birthday girl however wouldn't hear of it, and so all came home early Friday, and of course no rain fell.

No complaints however, after eight inches recorded for the week at Rock Wallaby.  Four inches of beautiful grass rain at Bottle Tree, but unfortunately no run-off as yet, so we will continue to pump water there.

Jess was up at 5 proclaiming to all who would listen that it was indeed her birthday Saturday.


With the whole family rejoicing in the ukelele gifted from Nan and G'Dad!


We've been counting the joy. ALL. weekend.


With Sal to remain in a cast for another five weeks, after a little prompting from one frustrated mother, Dr Gomez made it very clear to her during last week's visit that she was not to even consider sitting on a horse's back during that time, and possibly even for some time after the plaster's removed.


So riderless Chikita has been subjected to a whole new array of tricks, including smiling, bowing and lying down.


With Dad's arm immobilised for at least another four weeks,


Wal has become his left hand man.


And will soon step into the role of chief dehorner as a growing team of calves at Bottle Tree can't wait for Dad's full recovery.


Sarah received her 'Senior' badge at a special assembly Friday, marking the beginning of a very important year for her.



There's been bacon smoked,


special birthday dinners enjoyed,


and of course birthday cake shared.


The school-term normal is returning to our lives with three back at school, leaving my two one-armed bandits at home.  The evening routine of fielding calls from the three teenagers is now interspersed with meal-cutting-up duties.  And with Matthew not allowed to drive for another seven weeks, my day job now includes driving Miss Daisy.

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