Just a little to note to those of you who may be interested. John has had one of his virtual tours picked to go on the website – panoramas.dk for their count down to 2006 feature. Have a little look if you have time. His tour is the Pinnacles and is the Dec 29th feature.
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone from me and him down under.
Sunset view from the top of our drive looking across the paddocks.
John working the sheep on the farm.
Christmas is almost here and Harvest is finally almost over. Today should be the last day of harvest on the farm John is working on. Mean while my last day of work was yesterday and I donâ€™t return until the 9th so a nice 2.5 weeks off for me. The temperature is still below average but Iâ€™m not complaining itâ€™s been just fine in the 20â€™s. Xmas day is looking to be a very pleasant 28â€™c in Perth so perfect for our picnic. Thanks to all of you who have sent us cards, I’m afraid this year I will not be returning the favour but will make up for it next year when hopefully weâ€™ll be more settled.
Last Friday was the Town’s (Dandaragan) Xmas party, which Emma and I went to together, it was good fun and great to meet some more people. It was held in the park and was supported by several hundred people. The two Johns were due to join us but as the harvest was a little behind on usual years they continued to work into the night. We have, however, been invited to another Xmas party tomorrow night with John and Emma (boss and wife) so it will be Johnâ€™s (Husband) first chance to meet a few people. Something I have been doing single handily up to now. Everyone is really nice around here and Iâ€™ve been looking forward to introducing some of them to John and actually going out as a couple. He has been flat out this week with finishing times of anywhere between 10 and 11.30pm.
Monday I had a course in Perth, which I attended through work. I stayed the night and went straight to work the next morning. It was an interesting Driving Skills course; we did some interesting driving manoeuvres and learnt about how to reduce the risk of serious injury when involved in an accident!!
The dogs have settled into life here well and becoming inseparable, Eddie is quite protective of Keita and they spend hours playing together. Although the garden isnâ€™t fenced off very well they never go very far from the house which is something I was worried they might do.
With the New Year almost here we look forward to getting some serious saving done and making the house a little more filled with objects as well as getting a room made up for all our pommy visitors when they come to stay. Starting with Andy and Rach sometime in May, looking forward to it guys.
So a very Happy Christmas to you all and of course all the best to everyone for 2006. I know Iâ€™m going to miss you all very much over this time and especially my family for our usual New Years day gathering, good luck to Lloyd who I understand in hosting it this year. Next year, my place!
Sheep in the paddock infront of our house.
My office in Moora where I work.
Sorry, this one is a little blured. Eddie and Keita in their favourite place, leaning up against the sofa.
Arrr, isn’t she cute!
John has been really busy at work this week with harvest. The weather has finally let up enough for them to get underway fully. Hopefully the worst of it will be done in the next week to 10 days and then the wind down to Xmas will start. Xmas by the way, I think we are going to Perth, having a picnic in Kings Park then probably go to a beach on the way home for a swim, Boxing day we’ve been invited to a BBQ and someone else has invited us to a party/BBQ at the coast for New Years.
My work is going fine. Everyone is really nice which really helps and it’s good to not be stuck at home all day.
Yesterday’s trip to Perth to fetch to Dogs went without a hitch. The Quarrentine kennels were packed with Pommie’s visiting their pooches. Eddie just lept in the car like he had been doing it every day for the last month and has settled into our house like his always been here. He was very pleased to see John last night when he returned home from work however is not quite so keen on Pup (still un-named). He keeps his distance at all times and should he happen to get corned by the mighty 5kg, 6 week old beast he grumbles at her until she retreats. She is also doing fine but did insist on sitting on my knee most of the 3 hr drive back from Perth. She is looking very Ridgeback like but without the Ridge, more Ridgeback than Lab’ which is the other half of her breading. Its a nice day today, about late 20’s and the winds didn’t come in till fairly late. Have a look at the new pics below. Speak to you all soon.
This is the community park in our Town, Dandaragan, known as Dandy. It is complete with free BBQs, covered seating areas, manecured lawns, a public toilet & showers, a band stand and kids play area and is right next-door to the sports centre which has 6, yes 6 tennis courts, a basket ball court, netball, hockey, Aussie rules football pitch, bowling green, community hall with bar, function room and kids room, wide screen TV and shady parking. I think I’ve remembered everything. Oh and the population – 300
This is the main drag! The PO and general store is at the far end and we live in the opposite dirrection.
Meet the locals! These are some of the Roos that live in our paddock. We see them daily and John quite often has a near miss on his way home from work at night. These particular ones are a mum and her Joey.