As it tends to do at the end of a long, dry spell ... it rained. The last week of school for Wallace and Sally saw storms rolling from the west four nights in a row. Much mid-night radar watching ensued, and slowly the falls added up. 18 mil, 21, 33 and finally over 50. Even better at Bottle Tree where we measured a total of 182, and with great relief saw dams three parts full.
The above photo taken just the week before the rain,
and just a couple of days after. And so, just like that, Christmas is looking a whole lot merrier.
No more worrying about windmills keeping up with demand. Cancel the order for more tanks and poly and you can keep the lick too.
With Matthew officially on annual leave, there's been another quick trip to Victoria for embryo work. The big fella retrieved 31 transferrable embryos from one cow (49 in total), apparently giving him bragging rights. Back home the old D6 has been putting in some big days, kids have been rolling old fence and everybody enjoying late afternoon dips in the pool. (3000 'mother-of-the-year' points for Mum who managed to find all required parts for re-assembly).
Wallace's primary schooling came to an end. Off to boarding school with Sarah and Jess, leaving me and Sal at home to handle the job roster.
Wallace and Sally rounded the year off well. And in a tradition spanning back one whole year, graduating students exited school for the last time through the great arch.
Our small school takes a big hit next year losing its Year 6 and 7 cohort and only one little Preppie coming in. Our numbers will reach an all-time low (in our time of involvement with the school) with 17 enrolled. And one teacher to cover seven year levels.
Of course there'd been much fun and frivolity at our usual break up day which preceded Presentation Night. These two girls well versed at three-legged racing, the photo on the left taken in 2009.
This pair too sharing quite a history, and now off to high school together next year.
On another note, I think the time has come to wind up this blog. I've enjoyed capturing memories for my kids and grandkids to look back at in years to come and perhaps I will continue to do so in a more private manner. Thank you to all who have visited this space and left beautiful and funny comments, I've formed friendships which will certainly endure and enjoyed the cameraderie brought about by mothering regardless of location or lifestyle.
2015 will bring some changes for us as a family. Three kids off to boarding school, a move to Bottle Tree and Sally starting home-schooling. We will continue to work hard at trying to raise kids with a good sense of values, a healthy work ethic and a hearty dose of common sense.
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas.