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From cool days to heatwaves.




We have just had one of the hottest November days for decades. What a difference a couple of weeks can make. The weather was still fairly wintery when I went out by train to Armidale one of our little inland cities to stay with family friends. The days were warm but the nights were cold and I was glad of the couple of blankets and heavier cover. Then one morning what looked like heavy snow clouds blocked out the sun and it really was cold so on went the winter weight jeans and jacket. I was glad I had gone out with a range of different clothes.


Armidale is a University city so I went to the University several times as my friend is doing a Master of History course. Isn't it remarkable to see buildings looking like big splendid piles of bricks and mortar in an otherwise rural setting? Of course this is a thriving town set in what we call the New England district so rolling hills, good rainfall and fertile soil made it an ideal landscape for agriculture of all kinds. That makes for a rich community who could easily afford to build such a magnificent University. Such a contrast to the practical but modern  University buildings on my part of the Coast.


It was good to get away for a few days, I find when I am away from here with friends or family I am able to see life differently from afar. And it is good to have different conversations and to step away from purely domestic issues. I went on a visit to several historical homes and as my friend is a guide at one of them was transported back into the past to see how hard life was back a century ago not for the nobility but certainly for those who worked for them. Remember the butter churning, wood chopping, boiling up the sheets? And all done by young girls in service who also did the heavy lifting as the house belonged to three sisters and no men folk were allowed.


It is good to be reminded that we are so lucky to live now with so many modern appliances to make our life easy. Okay we have to do our own housework but it is not so hard is it? I  was woken up early every morning as the house next door  had  poultry,  both hens and ducks in their back  yard and the rooster crowed as early as 3 am. I even cooked  a couple of meals while I was away, it was strange getting used to someone else's kitchen. But it was so nice to be out in the country, I really am a country girl at heart. Thanks for the memories.


Then home and back to the routine. A couple of our older church members now have health problems so I visited one in a local hospital. I did some work in the garden the first couple of days I was home but two very hot days put that activity out of the question. It is easy to do nothing but that is not what I need to do. It must be Spring cleaning time so a minor declutter is in order. ( I think I say that every year about this time). This year has gone so fast with all the medical  appointments that so much looks neglected. I wish I felt more energetic but I do feel my age now. More's the pity. On a bright note I had two lunches and one dinner out this week and one was actually a date. (Shhhh!  it's a secret.)


On Tuesday I get my roster for the Lions Club Christmas raffle and an idea of what else we have to put our names on rosters for. There is still plenty of activities to participate in for church, with the Friday coffee morning, craft afternoon etc.  And tomorrow is my preaching day. And I still have the trip out to Broken Hill for Trevor's birthday to look forward to. I like to be busy as long it is practical. There are a couple of medical events to get over, one at the Lymphodema Clinic and one at the Skin Cancer Clinic. And then there is all the planning involved in Christmas.


It is six years since Ray's death and much has  changed, other friends have passed and  l have some newer friends now and a different kind of life. Of  course I would swap the life I have now for my old life in a heartbeat if that was an option. But it is what it is.




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Sue this is a lovely blog post. You are so right...we often forget how others have had much harder times in general, even we did lol. Remember when there was nothing you knew of internet or web, or a cell phone, a working bathroom? I do remember most of those days when I take the time to ponder them. All except a working bathroom. It's interesting, I grew up in a new house with at the time modern conveniences...be it the kitchen was a not so pleasing now mix between avocado and mashed green peas lol. I thought it was great at the time. We even had a dishwasher! Mobile of course...we rolled it over and hooked it to the kitchen sink when needed. My grandmother, however, was not as modernized. Her washer was a tub washer with rollers to remove the water. Her dryer was the clothes line. Her dishwasher was her hands, her hot water for the clawfoot bathtub was a water warmer that looked like a speaker that was placed in the bath water and warmed before taken out and us kids climbing in. She made the best biscuits I have ever eaten...every morning. She made everything from scratch. I hold those memories dear. I am a country girl. Live in the south (United States), grew up never seeing a neighbor's house unless we drove by it down the road, my mom worked 3 jobs to take care of us kids (she was divorced from our father), my aunt and uncle were like my second parents because they kept me all the time. They were older...no children themselves. I grew up around cows, chickens, a tobacco barn, swimming in the creek behind the house, making forts and houses inside the hay barn, canning, milking cows, working a vegetable garden, BlackBerry picking, and fields all around. I was little and life was simple. I feel so excited and curious to experience different places and styles of living. I really enjoyed your post. Thank you and best of wishes at your medical appointments. 🙂

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I've just joined the National Trust so I am looking forward to seeing some older homes set up as museums, probably in Sydney, and exploring some of the domestic history of the last century. It is good to recognize the difference between the life back then and the life we have now. Thanks Tracy for that reminder.

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You are welcome Sue! 😁 You know what is funny is that I can't remember what I said or when...I was ready to say absolutely agree with your post Sue. LOL It must be that I have shared this with you guys. I also think what you will be doing seems really cool! I love it!

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Sue Armidale is roughly half way between Mudgee and Warwick in QLD. It’s the meeting point for my brother and his ex wife when they hand the kids over for holidays etc.  My brother really likes it there.


You certainly make the most of life Sue, good on you.

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