Just when I thought this post was going to be a boring one…
Compared to our days off these two just didn’t make the cut. We’ve got a new project now though, and it’s probably the most exciting one yet!
Day 184 – Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Today was our first day back at work after two days off, and it was a particularly average one at best. In the morning Abbie finished painting while Victor and I had to rebuild a chicken coop which hadn’t been cleaned or tidied for a long long time, then in the afternoon we picked up the kids from school and kept eyes on them while preparing dinner, which wasn’t easy at all.
Abbie made shepherds pie, which we realised we haven’t eaten once since leaving home, and it was absolutely fantastic. They had HP sauce too, what more could we ask for?
Day 185 – Thursday 24th November 2016
I managed to fall into the pond first thing this morning which was a slightly painful and embarrassing but undeniably amusing way to get the day started. We spent the rest of the day gardening, pulling up weeds and rearranging the BBQ area, during which I started to panic and wonder how I’d be able to spice up the day for an entertaining blog post, but then something magic happened – our hosts asked us to build a pirate ship sand pit (out of an old fishing boat):
Isn’t that jist the best project imaginable? We have a deadline of early December as it’s going to be a birthday present, so put together a plan and got started straight away. First we found an old pole and fixed it in place to eventually use as a crows nest, then proceeded to scrape the old letters from the side ready for painting. Maybe it’s just because we have very good imaginations, but within an hour or so things were already starting to take shape:
In the evening we went along with our hosts to an event called ‘Light Up Tahmoor’ where three of their five kids were performing. It was there for the first time that it started to feel just a little bit like Christmas, but that’s probably only because everybody was dressed in red with giant stars around their necks:
It’s funny seeing pictures of friends back home in jumpers and coats while we’re sitting here singing about snow that some of the kids have never even seen before. The fact that we’re at the end of November and it’s still hotter than we are used to at home in July/August still doesn’t quite add up to me, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it eventually