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Jump on board for the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail
On top of everything else that’s been happening this month, and there’s been A LOT, I have been busy attending meetings and helping out with the plans for the opening of our Tumbarumba To Rosewood Rail Trail.
This is opening on 3 & 4 April 2020 and the festivities planned are taking a lot of time and causing some angst to me and my fellow volunteers. I admit to having a bit of a meltdown along the way but I seem to be back on track now. It’s going to be a great thing for our small town and will be worth all the hard work we’ve gone through! If you’re in the area then please consider yourself invited!
February has been a month of family
Between Baby Showers, trips to Canberra, Tumbafest and a road trip to Brisbane (a mere 1350km), I managed to see many of my family this month.
My mother; my sister, and three of her children and some of their children; my brother, his daughter and her 3 children; my daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter; my youngest daughter, son-in-law and new grandson.
Not a bad haul for a short month!
WOTY update – Jumping in puddles (again)
As you know I have chosen Jump as my WOTY (Word of the Year). Last month I shared a photo of me jumping at the beach on the NSW South Coast, and this month I’m sharing this photo of me jumping in puddles in Brisbane. They have lots of stormy weather up here at the moment and everything is looking very lush!
You might like to know that my orange Saltwater sandals are designed for wearing in water so I wasn’t worried about ruining them while jumping in puddles 🙂
You can read more about my reasons and ideas for 2020 in my post Jumping into the New Year.
I have had a good month with my blogging, getting into my Friday Fiction series most Fridays, where I tell you what I’ve been reading and add some reviews.
I was invited to write a few words for Jan over at Retiring Not Shy, all about why I love living in Tumbarumba after retirement. Jan asked 5 bloggers to write about why they live where they live and it was very easy for me to write, as I love my hometown of Tumbarumba!
I’ve also written a few other guest posts and they will be coming out in the weeks to come. I love being a guest, so don’t hesitate to ask me 🙂
I love the caring nature of bloggers and have a few who are very close to me and I thank them for their support. One of my favourite posts this month was all about self care and social media.
Jumping into Spotify
I decided to make a Spotify playlist with songs that have the word jump in their title and I must say it’s been a fun and useful thing to do. The songs are generally quite upbeat and so when I’ve had occasion to feel a bit low during the month I’ve put in my earphones and gone for a walk while listening to my special list of songs. It has worked by pumping me up, giving me reason to smile, sing along and making me focus on different things! Who would have thought a mixed tape could be such fun 🙂
Jumping at Tumbafest
The last full weekend in February is always Tumbafest time with a weekend of music, food and wine. Tumbafest started in 1997 and I’m proud to say we have been to every one of them!
We were both involved in helping out again this year, me in the ticket booth with Rotary and the Mathematician making pancakes and egg and bacon rolls as a fundraiser for Tumba2Kokoda 2021.
The Friday night before Tumbafest was the Blaze to Glory Rodeo, as the annual New Years Day Rodeo was cancelled due to bushfires in town. So a lot of things have been happening in our little neck of the woods!
This year Tumbarumba needed all the extra publicity to encourage people to come due to suffering badly in the recent bushfires. And the people came!! It was a huge weekend with masses of people enjoying the perfect weather and the opportunity to catch up with friends, support the locals, shop at the markets and relax with some great music – the main act was Kate Ceberano, who was fabulous!
I managed to find some time to relax, as you can see below, with my one of our daughters, son-in-law and granddaughter. They also invited some friends along; then my sister and brother-in-law decided to come from Melbourne at the last minute (YAY), and my brother, his daughter and grandchildren came over for the first time – we all had a great time together!
Then straight after lunch on Sunday the Mathematician and I started our road trip to Brisbane for the birth of our newest little grandbaby!
Jumping for Joy
This month I am jumping for joy because I have a new grandchild and our first grandson!! We were sworn to secrecy on the date of Patrick’s arrival and made it in time to wave off my daughter and son-in-law early on Thursday morning, with some trepidation I must add.
It seems as I get older I worry about what can go wrong, he was well and truly in breech position and although excited about the impending arrival (by c-section), I was also worried until we got the word of his safe arrival. I think I’m just more aware these days and being a grandmother brings lots of responsibility. It’s also about my daughters and I worry about them. Both mother and baby are doing well and were home a few days later. He was a decent 3.5kg and a long 59cm and he is just adorable! Mum and Dad are over the moon!
We were fortunate to be in the position to be on the spot when they came home from hospital, helping out in whatever way we can and just being around. We’re not staying with them, as they all need their own space to navigate their way through these early days, but we will be around for a few weeks!
I am reminded of being with my eldest daughter when she came home from hospital with Dottie after 98 days in NICU over in England and with our second daughter in Canberra when she came home with Emilia after her emergency caesarian. I am now in Brisbane with our youngest daughter and I have to say it’s a great feeling, even if a little nerve wracking!
We now have 3 grandchildren, all born within the last 18 months!! And none of them are located all that close to where we live, so I am truly a Globetrotting Granny now!
Leapling – a form of jumping every four years!
The month ends with the birthday of my UK daughter’s partner, he only gets to celebrate on the actual day once every 4 years, and this year was his first as a new dad, so it was extra special! Dottie is now over 6 months old and is going well, slowly being weaned off her oxygen which is great news. She’s a bright little Dinky Dot!!
That’s just a small snapshot of what went on in February but I think you get the gist! In some ways I can’t believe it’s already March but in other ways I know I’ve been super busy and have packed a lot in so far this year!
I need to take a deep breath!
So how was your February?
Let me know how the month has treated you, and as always, thanks for the chat. The first Tuesday of each month sees me share a look back at the month, feel free to join in.
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