#JournalinginJuly – Week 3
Welcome to Week 3 of my #JournalinginJuly posts. I’m joining Sue at Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond, for a month of writing daily journal prompts. Sue and I will be linking up our weekly posts each Saturday throughout July. Feel free to join in – the link is open to everyone.
So without further ado – here are my responses for the third week of #JournalinginJuly
This week had lots of fun answers 🙂
14. Best Holiday
Sunday 14 July
This was a very hard one!! Our life seems like one big holiday at times, especially as we’ve both been retired for over 2 years! We’ve had some amazing adventures over the years but I think I can honestly say that it all started back in 1992…although it wasn’t so much a year-long holiday, as a life-changing moment in our lives.
We had never travelled overseas as a family before accepting this yearlong teacher exchange from Australia to England. Oh and by the way our 3 girls were aged 8, 6 and 3 at the time.
Yes we were mad!!
The Cheddar Connection
What sort of connection does an Australian family living in a small rural and quite isolated town, have with a small English village called Cheddar? Back in 1992 The Mathematician participated in a year-long Teacher Exchange program which effectively meant we swapped houses, jobs, cars and lives with a family from Cheddar, in Somerset in the southwest of UK. The English family travelled to our town of Tumbarumba in New South Wales Australia, and took over the Mathematician’s job at the local high school. It was an education for all concerned!
We moved with our three small daughters to the other side of the world for what turned out to be the experience of a lifetime – for all of us. The Mathematician drove to Bath each day to work in the adult education sector and we took every opportunity to see as much of England and Europe as we could during the year.
It wasn’t always easy but we managed to make it a year full of fun and adventure. In fact at the end of the year the girls didn’t want to return to Australia, they were more than happy to stay in Cheddar where they’d enjoyed school, friends and travelling!
Our eldest daughter returned to Cheddar for a gap year after finishing high school and again after finishing her university course. And she has since stayed on and made her life there. It’s a case of life coming full circle!
We’ve been back to visit many times over the years, to visit our daughter as well as the many friends we still have in the village. We’re always welcomed like long lost friends and pick up where we left off since last time.
It always feels like coming home to all of us, and it’s a place we all love. It opened our lives up to travel and we have all since gone on to travel the world. As I mentioned in an earlier response for Day 7 Favourite quote , our family motto is To Travel is to Live – and this story is one of the reasons why.
I often stop and wonder how different our lives would be had we not taken that huge momentous step to go on the exchange.
15. View from my window
Monday 15 July
It’s winter, it’s wet, it’s cold outside and it’s trying hard to snow as I look out my bedroom window. We have a busy and emotional day ahead.
Today we took Anna, our Hungarian Rotary Youth Exchange student, to Canberra to catch her flight home. She has had a year in our small town and now it’s all over. Rotary Exchange students have a saying – it’s not a year in your life, it’s a life in a year.
I took this photo from the window at the airport – the plane, the moon and mixed emotions.
16. My family
Tuesday 16 July
My family are a very important part of my life – my husband, my daughters, my parents, my siblings, my in-laws, my aunts and uncles, my cousins, my nieces and nephews, everyone!! I was so lucky to wake up today and have cuddles with my baby granddaughter. As we don’t live close to most of our family, we always make the most of our time together 🙂
This photo says it all to me and I’m so happy to be able to use it, especially as it was so perfect for the day’s prompt of family! I have another grandchild on the way and can’t wait to meet another little person who will steal my heart.
Of course it goes without saying that my three daughters stole my heart many years ago! And the Mathematician years before that!
17. What makes me laugh?
Wednesday 17 July
I often make myself laugh and when I laugh I usually snort, that’s when you know something is really funny! I can’t tell a joke to save my life as I start laughing well before the punch line and totally ruin it. I love nothing more that a big belly laugh and often I’m the only one laughing!!
I love clever comedy and realise that comedy is very different for each and every one of us. What I find funny may not be your cup of tea and vice versa.
What did the fish say when he swam into the wall? Dam wall! 🤣
I shared this today on my Deb’s World Facebook Page and it says it all! I am someone who will smile when I see a flower growing through the cracks, I snort when I laugh….
18. My favourite way to relax
Thursday 18 July
What a fabulous relax I had today! I have had a facial booked in for a few days now but due to illness, the date was changed a few times and it ended up being today!! How fortuitous!
It was an hour long, relaxing Vitamin C facial and oh my goodness was it good! My skin feels so refreshed and bright and I enjoyed the quiet relaxing time being pampered.
That’s how you relax! It doesn’t happen very often but when it does it’s absolutely fabulous!
19. My home
Friday 19 July
My home is a very special place! I live in Tumbarumba, a very small rural town of about 2000 people in NSW Australia. Although I love travelling to amazing places I always enjoy coming home to the mountains, the four distinct seasons, the space, the big skies and the quiet lifestyle.
20. My ancestry
Saturday 20 July
I seem to have one of those faces that fits into many countries, as I am often asked where I come from – Italy, France, Spain or Greece – are the main contenders. Do you see a theme here – the Mediterranean area seems to be the expectation. I do remember telling people I was Japanese at one stage when I was quite young, but I don’t know why!!!!
It’s interesting to note that I do have some French blood, as well as English and Indigenous. My husband has been doing our family history for years, my mother has as well, and they often compare notes and share information. It’s such an interesting, and time-consuming, exercise.
It wasn’t until I was 21 that I knew for sure where my dark colouring came from. I was always the girl at school who won the sun-bathing competitions by getting the best tan in a short amount of time (I was always tanned), who had the big brown eyes and was a bit ‘different’ looking to everyone else. But that was what made me ‘cute’ at the time.
Through family history records it was traced back that my Great-Great-Grandmother Mary, (on my father’s side), was an Aboriginal woman from the North Coast of NSW. Everything fell into place after finding out this news! My father never really wanted to know much and in those days I suppose having Aboriginal heritage wasn’t something to celebrate. I am happy to know of my heritage!
My mother on the other hand is from English stock and emigrated with her family from Birmingham UK to Australia back in 1955 as a 16 year old. Her name, can you believe it, is Sheila 🙂 Mum was not impressed about leaving England, but soon after arriving she met my father and as they say, the rest is history. Mum’s blonde hair and colouring has jumped a generation, with two of my daughters being very fair haired but so far the blue eyes are missing.
Sue and I are looking at this month as a challenge to extend our creative writing and get into journaling. Having a daily prompt helps to get me to focus and I’m enjoying the process. Here are the daily prompts.
What I have found works for me, is to set a time to write my responses and a time limit. I usually have some idea of what I want to write and I try not to overthink my responses. Once my time limit is up I quickly edit the writing and I’m done.
I hope you enjoy my Week 3 recap post and if you’re keen to get involved leave a comment or linkup with Sue and I using the link below.
Here are my posts for #JournalinginJuly so far, in case you’ve missed them:
Next Saturday I’ll be responding to the prompts for Sunday 21 July through to Saturday 27 July.
I’ve shared a few personal things here in these responses, some of them could have been whole posts on their own! But I just wrote what came to me at the time.
What did you enjoy the most , I’m interested to know!
Have a great week ahead and happy journaling 🙂
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