It’s still quite cold here but there are signs of the imminent arrival of Spring and that makes me smile 🙂
I invite you to get a cuppa, make yourself comfortable and settle in for a chat! Are you cosy enough? Let’s take a break and look back over the month of July together.
TIME – MY WOTY
As you know, TIME is my word of the year (WOTY) and I still can’t believe how fast it goes! Especially this year – the months are racing by! But where does it go?? This quote says it perfectly don’t you think?
Alice: How long is forever?
White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second.Lewis Carroll
My monthly wrap-up posts for 2019 all have a similar flavour, taking into account the TIME theme.
Last month was full of road trips and this month has again seen more days away than at home, and lots of family time.
FAREWELL – TIME
July was the month we said farewell to Anna, our beautiful Hungarian Rotary Youth Exchange student. We first met Anna back in August last year shortly after she had arrived in Tumbarumba Australia, from her home, a large Hungarian city called Debrecen, population 200,000. She was on a year-long youth exchange with Rotary, and based in our small, rural and quite isolated town in the Snowy Mountains of NSW, population approximately 2000. That means her city is a thousand times bigger, population wise, than our little town!!! Yet she coped brilliantly with all the changes in her lifestyle.
Anna was fortunate to be hosted by three families, us being one of them, in Tumbarumba. Only one of her host families had children still at home, so she was, in effect, an only child, and she loved it!
My husband and I hosted Anna from December 2018 until the end of April 2019, and over the Christmas/New Year period she went away on a camping road trip with her first host family, which she enjoyed immensely. We took Anna with us to various places, a dolphin cruise on Jervis Bay was one of her highlights.
Anna also went away on a group Safari with other Rotary students and leaders for three weeks in April, seeing parts of Australia I still haven’t been to! As part of her visa conditions Anna had to attend the local High School and found many differences in the Education system. It was hard to believe at times she was only a 16 year old student when she arrived, as her levels of maturity and resilience were very high. She returned home a very different girl than when she left – as is always the case with exchange students!
Anna thanked our local Rotary Club members and the whole community for hosting her and invited everyone to visit her in Hungary, claiming she will return to Tumbarumba one day, hopefully with her family.
We were with Anna as she bid farewell from Canberra airport and we hope to visit her in Hungary sometime soon! Here she is wearing her Rotary blazer with her many pins all over it!
BLOGGING – TIME
My now not-so-new Friday Feature, is where I share various bits that have made me laugh or cringe during the week, and they’re always fun posts to compile. I can’t believe I’m up to #22 this week! Where does the time go? See point one above!!
I had a great month joining Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond, as a co-host for #JournalinginJuly – with a monthly journal prompt each day and a compilation post every Saturday throughout July. You can read my posts here – Journal Ideas in July, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, and Final days. Thanks again to Sue for having me.
I was a guest on Sue’s blog with my response to #JournalinginJuly Day 24 – What I don’t want in my life.
I was also part of a collaborative post with Kathy from 50 Shades of Age. She invited midlife bloggers to talk about how they keep busy in retirement and what a great post it was! So many women keeping busy in different ways – well worth a read! Keeping Busy in Retirement
I’ve managed to keep up with my self-imposed timetable but I have let a few blogging groups fall by the wayside, as I just can’t keep up with it all. There I’ve said it!!
In the bush
The Aussie bush is always a calming place to be and finding such beautiful flora, like banksias and wattle, make it a real delight! I’ve enjoyed walking in the bush at home and on the NSW South Coast.
At the beach
I loved spending a few days at the beach at Huskisson on the NSW South Coast and managed to capture some sunset and sunrise shots. I rediscovered the joy of early morning beach walks and although I usually I like to listen to podcasts or music when walking, I can’t do that with the gentle sound of waves hitting the shore. There’s nothing more relaxing to listen to! These photos show the sunrise and sunset – I just loved trying to capture the rays of the sun coming through the clouds.
READING – TIME
I’ve just counted up the books I managed to read in July and was very surprised that I’ve read 13 books! I’m now well over my 55 goal for my reading challenge for 2019! It seems all I do is read books and blog – to which my husband would nod and agree!
After mentioning Hope by Terry Tyler last month, I went on and read lots of her other books and really enjoyed them. Tipping Point, Lindisfarne, UK 2 and Legacy are all part of a series and were fabulous page turners, set in the future, a genre I always enjoy.
I also read City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, but although a good read in some ways, I can’t say I enjoyed it all that much. I’ve never been a huge Elizabeth Gilbert fan though to be honest.
This was my best read for the month, I couldn’t put it down:
Six Minutes by Petronella McGovern
An unputdownable thriller for fans of Liane Moriarty and Caroline Overington. If you were gripped watching The Cry, you’ll be hooked on Six Minutes.
‘Impossible to put down and full of twists and turns you won’t see coming! I loved this fabulous debut novel.’ Liane Moriarty, bestselling author of Nine Perfect Strangers
How can a child disappear from under the care of four playgroup mums?
One Thursday morning, Lexie Parker dashes to the shop for biscuits, leaving Bella in the safe care of the other mums in the playgroup.
Six minutes later, Bella is gone.
Police and media descend on the tiny village of Merrigang on the edge of Canberra. Locals unite to search the dense bushland. But as the investigation continues, relationships start to fracture, online hate messages target Lexie, and the community is engulfed by fear.
Is Bella’s disappearance connected to the angry protests at Parliament House? What secrets are the parents hiding? And why does a local teacher keep a photo of Bella in his lounge-room?
What happened in those six minutes and where is Bella?
The clock is ticking…
This gripping novel will keep you guessing to the very last twist.
FAMILY – TIME
It was a HUGE time family wise – we had a visit from my brother, his daughter and her partner and their three children for morning tea during the school holidays, where I surprised my brother by baking some scones in honour of their visit! They were keen for it to snow, and it was definitely cold enough, so they could go skiing!
We visited our daughter and son-in-law and granddaughter in Canberra on the way back and forth from the coast – well it’s sort of the on the way!
We spent 10 days with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law over on the coast, as it was the five years since my brother-in-law, Cliff, had suddenly passed away and just days later it was a year since my father-in-law had passed away unexpectedly. Although we didn’t make a big deal of these special days, we enjoyed being together, supporting each other and reminiscing in our own unique way. Our daughter, son in law and granddaughter joined us for a few days and we shared an apartment at the beach with them, which was fun but not without its issues!
What was nice, was that my husband and I got to go out for lunch with Cliff’s work colleagues – apparently they have been doing it each year but this was the first time we’ve been able to join them. It was lovely talking about him and sharing memories with his friends and workmates.
Although our other two daughters couldn’t be with us in person as they were five years ago and again last year, they were messaging us and thinking of us. They were going through their own grieving process. This is a great photo of my family, from five years ago – just enjoying being together!
Other stuff got done in a timely fashion
Just like most months I managed to get to movie club and regular Saturday morning tea catch-ups with friends. I had a facial, a massage, a hair appointment, went to Chi Ball, a first birthday and naming ceremony for a young friend and on the other end of the spectrum we travelled to Kiama to attend a friend’s 60th birthday and retirement party and I met up with an old school friend too. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to book club or Rotary this month. Some months there’s not enough days to do everything! I think I usually push the envelope quite well, fitting in all I do!
THAT’S A WRAP – WE’RE OUT OF TIME!
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