February has been and gone – so what happened in the only month starting with F? It was a month of many F words – fun, family, friendship and festing!
Somehow we have moved into the third month of the year, and time is marching on! Time is my word of the year!
I invite you to grab a cuppa, make yourself comfortable and settle in for a chat as we look back over the month together.
SUMMER – TIME
It was the last month of summer and another hot one at that! I’m happy to announce the storm damaged sunroom, which I mentioned in last month’s post, January Time, has been fixed by the Mathematician and now is undergoing a bit of a revamp in readiness for the hopefully cooler weather ahead – it’s been far too hot to sit in there these past few months!
Autumn, my favourite month, lies ahead with the promise of a delicious colour palette, gently floating leaves, (which I refuse to pick up) and cooler, but still pleasant, temperatures. It’s been a long, hot summer down here, that’s for sure!
FUN – TIME
February is always a full-on month in Tumbarumba with Tumba Races, TumbaTrek and TumbaFest. These are great times for friends and families to get together and our whole town seems to come alive!
TumbaTrek is an annual bush walk instigated in 1985 with various politicians, locals, media and visitors, which showcases our beautiful area. Approximately 100 people join in each year. Anna, our Hungarian Rotary Youth Exchange student was keen to get involved and enjoyed talking world issues with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.
Tumbafest is an annual music, food and wine festival that has been going for 22 years! I’m proud to say I’ve been to every Tumbafest and volunteered on the committee for many years. I even wrote a post about how to have the best time at the event!
This year it was lovely to have the company of my daughter, son-in-law and baby granddaughter – her first ever Tumbafest – I was way more excited about it than she was!
It was great to spend a few days days with my mother-in-law on the coast and some time in Canberra with my daughter and family. I also enjoyed facetime chats and messages with my two daughters who live a lot further away. Technology helps us stay in touch despite the distances. I manage to message my mother, sister and brother regularly too, as we’re located all over the countryside!
BLOGGING – TIME
I have continued with my Wordless Wednesday posts and enjoy letting a photo tell the story. You can see them all here and feel free to join in at any time: Wordless Wednesdays
I also enjoyed sharing my Flowers on a Friday series and am looking at changing this theme each month.
I’ve enjoyed writing few personal posts this month, including my Five Favourite Decades, and a post where I got honest about my feelings of inadequacy as a blogger, just as I was nominated for Best Lifestyle Blog in the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards. I turned it into a post about How to be a Grateful Blogger
I also talked about meeting an inspirational young man at the Heywire Youth Summit – Sam is one who will be going places in the future. He has passion and charm and it was such fun to meet him. Meet Sam
ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE – TIME
Anna, our Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Hungary, is having a great time in Tumbarumba and Australia. She’s over half way through her exchange and we’re enjoying being host parents to her. This month she got to join her other Inbound Students in our vast area, for a weekend get together and then a few days later they went to a surf school with none other than Australian Champion (many years ago) Pam Burridge.
We always enjoy seeing the exchange kids take on these new challenges and they all had an absolute ball. These types of weekends wouldn’t happen without the caring (voluntary) Rotarians who drive them, chaperone them, host them, feed them and support them. I’m proud to be a Rotary member! These youth are our future and Rotary is all about Service Above Self.
We also took Anna on a Dolphin cruise where we got to go boom-netting off the back of the boat! So much fun 🙂
READING – TIME
I’m well into my 2019 reading challenge and am reading a mix of genres as per usual! I seem to have had a bit of a run on Amanda Prowse books and Faith Martin Detective series lately. Our bookclub book this month was The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee and I found it a great read. But I did enjoy a random novel called Call Me Evie by JP Pomare, random because the Mathematician picked it up purely because it was set in a little known town we’d been to in New Zealand called Maketu. It was a surprisingly good read. I also enjoyed fellow blogging buddy Joanne Tracey’s Wish you Were Here.
THAT’S A WRAP – TIME’S UP!
I think you’ll agree that was a pretty big month – full of fun, family and a great use of my TIME! I also managed to fit in a facial, a massage, a haircut, new tyres on my car, new reading glasses (waiting impatiently for them now), movies and catch ups with friends in town, plus we had a few days of work as Outdoor Activity leaders at school camps.
Thanks for the chat, I’ve enjoyed your company but I’m a tad exhausted now! Thank goodness it was only a short month 🙂
Wishing you all the best for March, what do you have you planned?
Note: this was written using the new Gutenberg editor so I’m hoping it works ok. Thanks to Hugh for the push to at least try it out. The world didn’t end so all’s well 🙂
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