Inundated is my word of the week. I think it describes the last few weeks actually… You may have noticed that I’ve been a little quiet in blog land of late. That’s because I’ve been… (wait for it…) inundated!
Work has been chaotic. A sort of organised chaos but that sort of chaos that has way too many things happening at once, that all needed to have happened yesterday. That’s meant many late nights working long after the children have gone to bed. Which is ok because I wouldn’t have been getting much sleep because they’ve been up all night.
For the last few weeks I think we’ve had almost every sickness known to toddlers, including lice. Yes, lice. Not quite a sickness but just as annoying. They’ve been sharing the germs amongst themselves nicely. This long weekend has been the worst of it. I’ve never cleaned up that much vomit or poop as I have done this past weekend. So let’s move on to nicer things, shall we?
Another area I’ve been inundated with has been our plants. It seemed like a good idea to try and save the last border trees. We’d had a particularly hot, dry summer. As you know from previous posts, we lost a lot of our trees. So I took the children with me for a walk around the property to see what had survived and take the weeds and grass away from their base, to give them a bit of help in the survival game.
My husband helped by mowing either side, so all I had to tackle was the weeds near the tree base. It wasn’t a difficult job. Just tedious. In the end I counted near 70 trees still alive. As you can imagine, as I went along, the temptation to not worry about the weeds and grass growing around the trees became stronger!
For the most part the children kept themselves occupied. I was actually impressed with how little they whinged! Although I wouldn’t say they were helpful… I had to keep a vigilant eye to make sure my little man didn’t break the trees. Not to mention many weeds were pruned with one of my children sitting on my lap, or imitating a monkey and grabbing onto my back!
Before we left, my son insisted on carrying an empty toilet paper roll with him. The best use was when he decided it was a telescope. Of course this meant that he had to yell out everything he could ‘see’ through it.
And when they weren’t riding horses they were just being cute and hanging around, playing in their own little world.
But of course, that wasn’t the only inundation. We also had weather this past week, in the form of rain. Lots and lots of rain. Our dam overflowed, our water tank filled, and we finally discovered where exactly the supposed water course was on our property! We had been told about it when we bought, but we’d never had enough rain to see it. Now we know.
But of course, that wouldn’t be the only weather we’ve had to contend with. Winter has finally set in. Nights are dropping four degrees below zero. This means that we have frost. The children are excited because they know this means crunchy noises when they run outside. Don’t forget the animals too. Inside, the rain has meant we’ve been inundated with spiders. Outside it’s kangaroos, but I only managed to catch one in this picture.
Those hills… for me, it’s all about those rolling hills. I love those hills!