Grab a cuppa, make yourself comfortable and settle in for a chat! Let’s take a look back over the month together.
April seemed like a long month…maybe because the Mathematician was away for over half of it walking the Kokoda Track with high school students – for the 8th time! Usually I would go away to visit my mother or my daughter during this time but instead I stayed home and hosted family over the Easter break.
As you know, TIME is my word of the year and I’m well aware of how fast it goes! Can you believe we’re already into May? My monthly wrap-up posts for the year will all have a similar flavour, taking into account the TIME theme.
ALONE – TIME
Make the most of my alone TIME during April included reading, walking in the forest, a massage, a hair appointment, blogging and catching up with friends. My sunroom was a very comfortable place to while away the hours. Although I enjoyed my time alone, I was very pleased to have some company over Easter and to see my husband return home safe and sound.
As well as the Mathematician being away, our Rotary Exchange Student Anna was also away most of the month on her group Safari seeing parts of Australia I still haven’t seen. When she arrived back we had a night together as a family before she moved on to her next family in town. We’ll definitely miss having her at home with us.
RAIL TRAIL – TIME
We had the official ‘turning of the sod’ celebration while the Mathematician was away, which was a shame as he has been instrumental in getting to where we are today. Construction of the pilot Rail Trail for NSW has started and we couldn’t be happier! You can read more here – Good news about the Rail Trail and in my recent Winners and Losers #6
BLOGGING – TIME
Have you seen my new Friday Feature, where I share various bits that have made me laugh or cry during the week? It’s fun compiling these posts and I find I’m taking more notice of things that are going on around me. I’ve been heartened with the response I’ve been getting too, so thank you to all my faithful readers for your continued support, ideas and suggestions.
I was happy to be a guest on Sue’s Sizzling Towards 60 with a post for Active April – it was all about Chiball and Keeping Active after 50
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
These flowers were a favourite photo from the month featuring in a Wordless Wednesday post.
The Sunday Stills photo challenge during April included some interesting themes from Terri. For the love of reading and books, I shared a very special book my father wrote. Another prompt was Gate, and I used some photos of Hells Gates in Tasmania. For the prompt of Spirit, I shared a magical stand of trees nearby to home, called Sugar Pine Walk.
FAMILY – TIME
It was fun to have our youngest daughter pop home for a long weekend in early April. She said she just wanted to be home with us for the weekend, and as she lives in Brisbane, over 1000km away, it’s not always easy to just ‘pop’ home. We thoroughly enjoyed having her with us and catching up with her in person. She’s always good at staying in touch but nothing beats face to face chats while sitting in the autumn sun on the front deck. I wrote about her visit in my Winners and Losers #5 post.
I had a full house over the Easter break, with my mother, my sister and brother-in-law, my daughter and son-in-law and baby granddaughter as well as day visits from my brother and uncle. It was very pleasant catching up and we all enjoyed the glorious autumn weather. It’s quite unusual for my mother to have all three of her children together in the one spot, as we’re all quite spread out around the countryside.
My mother and her siblings
My mother’s family arrived in Australia on April Fools day 1955, after sailing from England as 10 pound POMS. The first photo was taken shortly after they arrived, mum was just 16 at the time. The photo on the right was taken almost 64 years later! None of them have changed very much have they?
AUTUMN – TIME
If you know anything about me, you know I can’t get enough autumn colour. At a recent pedicure I chose a gorgeous autumnal tone, just to keep in the spirit 🙂
READING – TIME
I enjoyed reading a range of books again this month with the highlight being More Glimpses from blogging friend Hugh Roberts. I read his first book of short stories, Glimpses and thoroughly enjoyed More Glimpses, his second collection. Here’s my review posted on GoodReads
This was a much anticipated read having read Hugh’s first book Glimpses and regularly reading his blog. This was a great collection of stories each with a little twist in the tail! Short stories are hard to write but Hugh does it effortlessly and I was enthralled. My favourite was Murder in Evershot! Well done Hugh.
I was thoroughly caught up in the drama of Scrublands by Chris Hammer, a fast paced Australian thriller, highly recommended.
Understandings is a special book compiled by Stevie Turner. I came across Stevie’s blog where she was asking for contributions to her book and when I responded she sent me some questions which form the basis of everyone’s stories in the book. Here’s the review I wrote:
I am proud to be included in this anthology collated by Stevie Turner. The range of experiences, coping mechanisms and ultimately hope, that shines through is heartening.
All those interviewed by Stevie have a story to tell and they do it quite well in their answers to her questions. It’s good to have the links to their blogs as well, so we can follow up and interact. If anything, I wish I had been more fulsome in my responses. But with the links there anyone interested enough can click on over and read my words.
In my case the support I have had since sharing my story on my blog has been massive, especially considering my accident was over 40 years ago. You can read my post here for background information – What I’ve learnt from surviving a school trip that went terribly wrong.
This anthology is full of interesting people who have experienced real trauma or significant events in their lives. We are all everyday people, not celebrities, but still our stories deserve to be told and heard!
Thanks to Stevie for giving us this place to share and be heard.
TIME FOR ANZAC DAY – 25 April
THAT’S A WRAP – WE’RE OUT OF TIME!
And so we wave another month goodbye! May and early June are a special time of the year for us. Back in the day I gave birth to all 3 daughters within five weeks of each other – though obviously not in the same year!
That means it’s always full on with birthday wish lists flying around, presents being bought and mailed off and lots of fun memories. This year we’ll be heading north to be with our youngest daughter for her special day.
All is well with my world now that the Mathematician is back! Out walking in the forest together brought it home to me that this is what matters most.
And Mother’s Day is coming up 🙂 This will be first for my daughter as a mother and for me as a grandmother!!!
Thanks for the chat, I’ve enjoyed your company as always 🙂
Wishing you all the best for May. Do you have anything special planned for the month ahead??
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