Thursday, November 19, 2009

A moment to reflect.

Its been a busy couple of months. I can't believe how fast it has flown. A time full of family and friends, a time of ill health, jobs completed, some still to finish. It has been hectic to say the least but now it is time to slip back into a comfortable routine. Even the dog is exhausted with it all :-) He is laying under the desk as I take the time to catch up on all my favourite blogs. It feels as if I have been catching up with family news as I read back posts of my favourite blogs and see what everyone else has been up to. One common thread is that everyone else has also been busy with "life" and not as regular with writing so I don't feel altogether slack.

Mama completed her five weeks of teaching prac. and achieved excellent results. Well done worked hard for it. While she was teaching The Princess and I came down with the most awful virus with hacking coughs and no energy. Three weeks later I still cannot seem to shake of the exhaustion. As an asthmatic we were very worried about The Princess but with plenty of rest she was lucky to avoid another trip to hospital. Into the second week of being unwell, Mama and the gorgeous Boy also succumbed to the virus. I am not sure what our neighbours were thinking but the sounds coming from our house must have been awful. is a thing of the past and we are all on the road to recovery.

During the past couple of months we were fortunate to have plenty of visitors to the Farm. Nods and Cherry and Lauren came to visit ( luckily before we became sick) dr K, Richie and his Mum came up for a weekend. My girlfriend of forty seven years came over from France and stayed for a week.

Gilli and I met when I started senior school and we have been friends ever since. She has been one of the family, to me, my brother and my parents. The sister I never had. She is a true and loyal friend. Months can go by and I hear nothing from her......years go by and I don't get to see her and then our paths cross and it is as if we were together yesterday. Mind you I think I kinda blotted my copy book this time LOL. I drove down to meet her at the airport......I hadn't seen her for around five years. As she got off the plane and walked towards me I was taken back with her resemblance to her late mother. The first words out of my mouth (and sometimes I have NO control of my just works of its own accord ;-) )were "my God you look just like your Mum" Now I guess that isn't what every girl wants to hear and actually it wasn't quite true. She still looks like Gilli but it was that hint of something that I was not expecting. You know that as the years pass we will all age and change a little. When you see people regularly, you don't get to notice the change but it is still there. Your subconscious expects them to look as they did last time you saw them. It is that split second when your mind adjusts to the change. As I said brain and my mouth are not always in sync.

It has been a wonderful week catching up with all that has happened to her and her extended family over the past five years. I have enjoyed the time so much....each day was as if I had seen her every day of my life and as I dropped her off at the airport to continue her trip down south there was no sadness, just the knowledge that when we next get together it will be as if she had climbed back into my car.......we will continue our trip through life !

While she was here, Gemini and the Great Dane also came to stay for the weekend. They have returned from their "round the world" cruise and I was keen to hear their news. With so many tales to tell I think we barely scratched the surface. I am sure there will be many more wonderful memories that we will get to hear about.

I am down in the city at the moment. Killing a little time while the Gorgeous Boy is at a business meeting. As soon as he returns.....around 7.30pm we will put Tiggy in the car and head up to the farm. We can't wait until the morning....we just want to go home. To wake up to the birds singing. No sounds of traffic and civilisation. Time to slow down again and smell the roses.

No photos today......just reflections. Tomorrow is a new day and I am looking forward to working towards finishing the "Great wall of bellavista"......thats one job that has been going on far too long....sigh

Still I gotta say........... "Life is good" :-)


  1. Don't spend too much time out in the sun on the "Great Wall". You don't want to speed up the ageing process. If the deer haven't left you any roses to smell then stop and buy a bunch! See you tomorrow.

  2. hello linda. ritchie here. i was walking through the fortitude valley markets on saturday and walked past a stall that had the same yellow and brown flowered plant as the ones you have at the property. the the lady stall holder informed me they are dancing lady orchids. they were very striking. just thought i would let you know. see you soon. ritchie

  3. Hi Linda, I did answer your query about keeping mixed poultry, did you receive it? I'm a little "loopy" sometimes and i remember I had half written it and the phone rang. You know how it goes....long conversation....Its just that i dont see it here and I wonder what happened. Its Ok if you have removed it, I just dont want you to think I've ignored you.
    Take care. Olive (aka Joy)

  4. Hello dear Linda. What a touching post! I am glad to hear you are all well and truly on the road to recovery. My, what a time of it you had. I hope you can indeed smell the roses and hear the birds singing now. Sounds divine.

    I loved hearing about your lifelong friend. What a connection to have and to feel so comfortable even after not seeing each other for so long. It's what a real friend is after all. I kinda hope my son Mitch and his German buddy Maxi shall share the same lifelong connection even though they are continents apart. Your post made me think it is possible.

    Can't wait to hear all about the great wall of bellavista. Hehe.

  5. Hi Marcella....Hurray..the wall is finished :-)Will send photos soon.
    Hi Ritchie...Thankyou for naming them....they have finished flowering now but at least I now know what they are called :-)
    Hi Olive....No I didn't receive the answer to my poultry question. I will drop you a line and ask again. Thanks.
    Hi Mariana.....Lovely to have you back. I am sure that Mitch and Maxi will feel the same connection if they feel it now. It doesn't go away...just builds with time, but like all friendships it does need to be nurtured. I will eventually get around to photographing the Great Wall soon.

  6. Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you Linda. No real excuses, just downright lazy !!

    Re your query about keeping mixed poultry in the same enclosure...I think I've already told you why you cant keep turkeys and chooks together ??? But guinea fowl are OK with the chickens. Quail and pheasant FLY so their yard needs to be netted overhead.

    Today, via a blog that I follow, I found a site on-line that might interest you. It is "ANDY VARDEY'S BACKYARD POULTRY" He has a Q&A column where you can ask advice from an expert. Do a GOOGLE search on pages from Australia. I dont mind to give advice but I'm no expert, just learned from years of experience with poultry.

    Great news about your GREAT WALL. Our great wall will the same this time next year as it is today, I'm sure. Its taken 5 years so far so I'm not holding my breath. :-)

    Cheers, "Olive" (aka Joy)