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Happy New Year 2.0
We’ve now been home from our two month trip for just over two weeks and we have fitted so much into those days it’s quite mind boggling! We’ve enjoyed catching up with friends and family and it’s all been a bit emotional at times. Let’s just say we haven’t stayed in one place for very long since touching down and it’s been a bit busy and full on.
Given our town of Tumbarumba was evacuated due to bushfires on New Years Eve (while we were on the other side of the world) some in town decided to start the new year again, on 31 January 2020 with a few events in town.
One such event was mentioned on The Drum (a TV news show) where the local pub was having a NYE 2.0 party. We didn’t make that event but were with them in spirit.
A great family evening was organised by our Tumbarumba Rotary Club – a BYO picnic with free rides, face painting and kites supplied for the kids. It was a lovely warm evening and everyone enjoyed sitting around under the shady trees, catching up with friends and neighbours and sharing January stories.
The best part was the sprinkler system came on automatically and everyone, young and old, flocked to enjoy the refreshing coolness for the short time it lasted. We couldn’t have planned it any better had we tried!
I took this photo of the kids having fun under the sprinklers and love the iconic gum trees and Australia map on the nearby garage – it just says Australia to me!
January has been a month of mixed emotions
Sadness at leaving my daughter, her partner and their new baby Dottie after having two whole months in England with them. But also JOY that we’d had this special time with them. Sadness also for all back at home in Tumbarumba, and other areas, fighting the fires, evacuating, the losses of animals, property, native bush, forests and the never-ending worrying.
It was also sad due to being the second year anniversary since my dad passed away and another birthday missed from my father-in-law. Lots of thoughts fluttering around my head!!
Worry, constant worry – While we were away we were addicted to our phones for news of home – we were listening to RFS scanners, with live conversations between units fighting the fires; we were on Facebook and Messenger checking our friends and town statuses; the Fires Near Me app showed us where the fires were burning and likely to spread. And at one stage I admit to giving up, believing that our home and town had been devastated. We were together with our daughter and her family, during the news of the fires at home and were able to worry about our home town of Tumbarumba with each other – that we were all together was some consolation.
I also worried about my daughter and her family in Canberra where the air-quality was deemed top be the worst in the world; I worried about my youngest daughter enduring the summer heat while pregnant back in Aus and I worried about other family members caught up in fires across the state of NSW.
I had friends in England ask me how I could be so strong knowing all this was unfolding at home and I said I couldn’t let go otherwise I may never stop crying – I had to hold it all together for so many people, none the least myself.
Happiness to know our house was safe and sound after the catastrophic bushfires rushed through our area. As we pulled up to our driveway I snapped this photo and shared it on Instagram, I was just so happy! But then I felt GUILTY because others hadn’t been that fortunate and had lost everything.
Hope that our town would bounce back – and it is slowly – with help from so many people being KIND and GENEROUS, donating money, household goods, positive thoughts and practical help like feed for stock, fencing and supplies. Hope that people will visit our town in the near future to help rebuild our economy, we have some amazing events coming up with the annual Race Day, Tumbafest and the opening of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail which will appeal to a variety of visitors.
Love recognises no barriers, it jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.Maya Angelou
Love – we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary while in London prior to coming home. Since being home my husband has celebrated a relatively low key birthday. We have experienced love from all parts of the world in the form of messages, support and family love. It is so heartwarming and we’re spreading the love around too, helping where we can, volunteering, listening to friends who are still shell shocked after their January ordeal and doing what little we can.
Just a few of the emotions throughout January!
As you know I have chosen Jump as my WOTY Word of the Year.
I find it’s different to setting a new year’s resolution as I don’t find it as restrictive or punishing. I also don’t want to change myself too much these days, and resolutions or starting over seem too much like hard work, I just need to tweak a few things and keep my focus. A WOTY helps me do this. You can read more about my reasons and ideas for 2020 in my post Jumping into the New Year.
Jumping into my JOY list of 12 things to do before turning 60
As I wrote in a recent post, I want to go into my last year of being in my 50s (I’ll turn 60 later in the year) – jumping, splashing in puddles and having fun whenever I can. It’s not always easy but I’m willing to give it a go! I actually wrote a post this week with my JOY list 12 things to do before turning 60.
Jumping for Joy
You make have seen my first jumping for joy shot in a recent post but I’m now going to reveal the lead up photos, just for a laugh! My long suffering husband, the Mathematician, was ‘forced’ into being an ‘Insta-husband’ to capture a selection of pics. I must admit he didn’t grumble too much at my request, maybe he’s getting used to me after 40 years of married life 🙂
Spotify with me – jump on board!
My Spotify playlist of songs with the word Jump in them, is coming along. So far I have quite a few classics and a few unknowns added in – including the Rolling Stones, Girls Aloud, House of Pain, an oldie from my youth by the Ted Mulry Gang, The Pointer Sisters, Val Halen, Madonna, Taylor Swift, Destiny’s Child, The Wombats, Rhianna, Atretha Franklin, Box Scaggs – just to name a few – plus a few nursery rhymes too because that’s how I roll these days!! If you have a favourite Jump song please let me know so I can add it to my playlist. I’ve also made it a public playlist so feel free to jump on board!!
That’s just a small snapshot of what went on in January but I think you get the gist!
So how was your January?
Let me know how your first month of the decade has treated you and once again thanks for the chat.
Pinch and a punch for the first day of the month 🙂
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