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Monday, October 31, 2016

Upon Reflection...


October, be gone with you!
It's been a month of extreme highs and lows.


We started the month of with a party and catered for a beloved aunt's 90th birthday. A wonderful celebration shared with seventy family and friends. Craig closely guards his salt & pepper squid recipe but I swear NEVER again for that size crowd. I think I said that last time we did it. It's a real crowd pleaser and often asked for but if anyone asks ever again, I'm handing them the recipe and they can do that one themselves!
A measure of our love for you dear Mae/Miss Mamie/Nin xxx


We did get a couple strides forward in the garden...


And in the house...


I got to work with some amazing ladies to bring together a High Tea for 100 people with Fashion Parade as a fund raiser for Kidney Health Australia. Not only did we raise funds but the guest speaker from "Donate Life" educated our guests about organ donation and we boosted the profiles of four local small businesses. I would like to thank Wysteria Lane of Longford, Miss Nicola, Blue Illusion and Gazman of Launceston for providing a top notch parade and givig so much of their time and prize donations too. I would also like to thank the models from Sue Rees Modelling who also gave up so much of their time for a good cause.


My heart swells thinking of so much generosity and support.
I don't wish to dwell on the down side but their is a lesson here to be learnt though.
Many of us pooled our resources and loaned fine china and silverware to enhance the high tea experience. Unfortunately some of the precious china went "missing". A set of 6 to be exact. I don'y want to talk about karma because that feels so hollow. Let's just say lesson learnt while we try to swallow down the disappointment.


As I left for the Kidney fundraiser that morning, the waters were once again rising after a significant rainfall over night. I phoned the shearer when the event was over bar the shouting to learn things were not good at home. I abandoned the washing up and made haste towards home....
until the engine light came on.
I pulled over and checked the oil of my tired old engine and debated whether to spend precious minutes turning the car out of the wind in order to fill it. Another lesson learned. I gambled and tried to shield the oil stream from gusting winds with my body.
Snort! I'm wide but not that effective as a wind shield. The oil spilled onto the engine and you can guess...
it caught alight.
I carry a pair of pyjama bottoms for a rag so I must have looked a right sight flailing these trying to smother the flames between the radiator and engine. Anyway, long story short, the shearer came to rescue me but it was a sorry sight back at home. 


While it didn't make it all the way into the house, the out buildings were all flooded as the water rose very quickly. Luckily our daughter and SIL were up for the weekend and able to take quick action.


Our losses could have been much greater than our three oldest ladies. Poor girls, the cold water rose so swiftly that by the time they realised the danger and it was up to their belly feathers they weren't able to jump into the trees for shelter. 


Huge thanks also to our neighbours who came swiftly to our aid and got a lot of things to dry land and housed our ride on mower in their garage. Big love.
So October, you've been great, tumultuous and trying, exciting and busy but I'm glad to be moving into November. 

4 comments:

  1. Aargh! Tanya, your chickies, your garden, oh no! Did the vegies survive the flooding? Did it take long to go down? What a year to move into your house - record rainfall and floods!! So glad it didn't make it into the house. Fingers crossed for a fine and dry November xx

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  2. so much water! sorry for your loss too, the poor old girls.
    hope your beautiful garden survived the floods too. hope it dries out for you quickly!
    keep us posted
    thanx for sharing

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  3. I hope November is a much drier month for you. What a topsy turvy time of it! Meg

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  4. Your perspective on the "October Trials" is one I'm working toward. When I was younger, any one thing could blow me over. Now it takes a few. I hope to someday develop the grace and aplomb to weather more storms with more calm, in the way that you do.
    As for people who treat volunteers, cruelly, well, the earth could do with far fewer of them!

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