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31 January 2014

There was a KOALA at school!!! A KOALA at school!!!!!

I'm still beside myself!  There was a KOALA in the tree next to Heath and Jessica's classrooms this afternoon at pickup.  I was standing chatting to some of the lovely new mum's that have made me feel so welcome.  One of them tapped me on the shoulder and pointed and said 'there's a koala over there'.  They all laughed (but really really nicely!!) at how excited I was.  I am so used to kangaroos, we just go 'oh yes, another kangaroo....' but a KOALA!!!!!!!!!  They are used to them and it's just another koala.  

Of course we had to drive home, collect my camera, and drive back to school so I could photograph him and believe it properly.  I'm still breathless.  What a wonderful part of the world. 

Settling in

We are beginning to feel like we are settling in.  The kids are completing their 3rd day at their lovely new school which just seems exceptional.  They are enjoying it and have made some new friends.  I am incredibly relieved by this.  Their teachers are both great, Heath's in particular who as usual I have more call to be involved with because of his special needs.

I've started meeting some of the other parents.  That is really great for us and for us to settle in to the school and local community.  A number of them invited me along to have coffee with them this morning.  I enjoyed it so much.  This appears to be an area filled with great people.  Mostly they are the parents from Grade 3.  The parents from Grade 6 don't appear to turn up to school as many of the local kids ride their bikes there.  We are a short drive down the highway so that's absolutely not an option for us.  It makes me feel impatient to get our own house properly though.  One step at a time though.  Heath commented slightly downcast yesterday afternoon that I haven't made friends with any of his friends' parents so I need to work on this.  It's a gradual process anyway.  

Yesterday I made my first trip out to the Cranbourne Training Centre.  It was a lot of fun.  I was just fiddling away but I enjoyed it greatly.  Next week I need to explore the options for photoshoots at Flemington and Caulfield pool in the afternoons.  They are fun and will fit in with the school pickup too so I'm pleased about that.  I saw my friend "Petchy" (Colleen Petch, a wonderful photographer from the Herald Sun).  She greeted me with "Hello Local", which felt good.  And I saw Matt Stewart, a racing journo from the Herald Sun.  We had a chat about my move.  He's visited the area lately and said his kids said this was the best place in the world and they wanted to move here!  It's a good little spot to be.

Today is cooler and I'm enjoying that.  I'm catching up on work and on housework.  There are certain chores that are much easier and practical on a cooler day and I'm very pleased about that...............

Earthquake and her strapper who's name alas and woe I did not find out!

Earthquake.  It has to be said that these gorgeous bay Exceed and Excel fillies are cuddly things.  There's a lot to like about her.
Earthquake and More Radiant

I saw my friend "Petchy", Colleen Petch from the Herald Sun.  She welcomed me with "Hello Local!!!!".  It feels good.

Be still my beating heart...  Could you blame me for taking these?  This is Grace.  She is the best buddy and companion for Soldier's Opera.  Gorgeous!

Rosello.  He's stunning.  He might end up being my horse when he's finished as a racehorse.

29 January 2014

Shining Happy Faces....

There were shining happy faces this morning.  I'll let the photos do the talking for me.  Today is Heath and Jessica's first day at their new school.  The kids got ready all by themselves and on time.  They love their new uniforms.  So do I.  We got there beautifully early so that we could buy their new school bags and their school hats. I have the Official Trials to photograph at the Cranbourne Training Complex tomorrow.  I'm looking forward to meeting everyone there.

28 January 2014

Local Knowledge?

Today was a challenge.  Despite my best efforts last night I couldn't get the house below 25 degrees by the morning.  It stayed stubbornly at 30 degrees until after midnight.  Call me an absolute pansy, but I find the heat debilitating.  I've been told this is a slur on me, but I just can't function in it.  Particularly when there is nothing I can do to make myself or my children more comfortable.  An ill northwind blew strongly.  It was too hot for the beach or anywhere.  This morning we went and got the kids' their school uniforms.  I am again bleeding money and this is an expensive exercise.  They do look gorgeous in them and they are both genuinely excited.  My uncle, brother-in-law and nephews turned up with our washing machine (oh joy....) in the afternoon and after this we sought refuge at Lyn's house.  By the time I got there my head was splitting with a vice like grip on it and poor Jessica was pink in the face and heat stressed as the temperature in our new house that should be built to the new 6 star standards climbed above 33 degrees.  It's evil.  They are coming to check things out very soon I hope.

The cool change arrived around 8pm and I have the house opened up.  Lyn managed to find us an evaporative cooler, on loan from a friend of hers.  I often stop and wonder how I would have managed without Lyn.  She's been the best friend I could have asked for.  Has this in some ways made up for the loss of others?  I can't answer that, but I know that she is one of the best and most loyal friends I've ever had.  The cooler probably managed to drop the inside temperature by about 5-6 degrees but it was still disgusting when we walked inside.  I've found it impossible to work at my computer in these conditions.

I've done a shop for lunches tomorrow and have withdrawn cash to buy the kids' school bags and hats.  When I remembered to set my radio alarm for the morning I realised that I don't even know the what the local radio stations are.  There seem to be so many things I don't know here and that's tiring.  It's supposed to be cooler tomorrow and I'm hoping that this will allow me to regroup a little bit and get a few of the urgent things that are rapidly piling up out of the way.  I truly do fall apart like a cheap suit in the heat although  I am trying desperately to toughen up...  I scowled angrily at the long range forecast though because it returns to the mid to high 30s for the rest of the week and weekend and that stinks.  My only consolation is that Canberra, which we've just left, is staying stubbornly at almost 40 degrees all week and through to the weekend without a single reprieve.

A definite little positive today was using my dishwasher for the very first time today.  Ok, admittedly it took me several minutes to work out how it worked and it's so quiet I still wasn't sure that it was actually going.  It was certainly nice to end up with clean dishes without having to wash them myself though. 

The First Day

I wish I could say our first day was a more memorable but it's been very quiet.  I've done some shopping and unpacking.  We had a slow start to the day because Jessica's cough is still persisting and I had a bad night with her.  She's not coughing terribly frequently, but when she does it's difficult for her to breathe. 

We all ended up feeling a worn out by the heat today. Our house is disappointingly hot and the real estate agent is so far silent on the missing roof insulation.  It got to 32 degrees inside and I realise that tomorrow will be worse.  I am under no illusions that this is going to make me feel very shouty before tomorrow is out.

By 4pm it was too hot inside and we were all tired and hot and cross so I piled us all into Dan (who's clutch was smelling terrible and he sounded noisier than normal) and we drove to the beach at Point Leo.  When I came out of the water one of the lifeguards began talking to me.  He was lovely and a really interesting person.  I hope we'll gradually find our feet and it will be nice when we begin meeting some new friends.  We stayed at the beach for a couple of hours and then got fish and chips on our way home for dinner. 

It's still too warm for a cup of tea.  I have managed to find and unpack some of my hard drives, however it gets uncomfortably hot sitting at my desk trying to work.  There is already a stupidly frustrating amount of Lego on the floor.  Our washing machine is coming tomorrow and that's a good thing.  We need to go and get school uniforms tomorrow and run another few errands. as well.  I have to find Carrum Downs and typically I have no idea where that is.  I will get better at all of this.

I know, I know...  iPhones, they are just not real cameras.  I hate using them.