Monday, December 30, 2013

A Farm Wedding

In October we had a very special event here on the farm!  Good friends of ours Paul and Crystal held their wedding and marquee reception on the hill in a paddock behind our house!

It was the most spectacular wedding I've ever been to, and I'm not biased at all!!

It was lots of work for Paul and Crystal but so much fun!  We were very happy to see them enjoy their special day so much.

As you know Emma is a bit of a singer!  She was asked to perform the National Anthem before the local Football/Netball League Grand Finals.  She admitted to being just a bit nervous singing in front of a big crowd, but she did a fantastic job with lots of compliments coming her way.  The best part was being paid $150 to sing for 2 minutes!!

Ryan Arrives Home

Ryan arrived home at the end of September after being in Orlando, Florida USA for 3 months waterski training.  He improved more than 10m in the jump event, and more than 2 passes for his slalom.  He has been training for the past 7 weeks also with a view to spending 6 months in the USA next year training even harder.  He has been rewarded with being selected in the Australian Under 21 Team to compete against NZ in Christchurch at the end of January 2014!  So Farmer Phil and I are off to NZ for 10 days - yay!!

Emma's High School Graduation!

September 19th was Emma's Graduation from High School.  It's hard to believe that we have finished with high school - it only seems like yesterday when we sent Emma off as a tiny 4 year old to Kindergarten!!

Emma had no preconceived idea of what her formal dress was to look like.  She just said that she wanted something completely different to what the other girls in her year would wear.  So we decided to buy a dress for her on our trip to the USA and Canada in July/August.
The first shop we walked into we were both drawn to a particular dress.  Emma tried it on and we immediately knew that it was "the one"!!!  The shoes came from the same shop in Calgary, Canada also.
It was definitely different from any of the other girl's dresses - for starters it was patterned and fitted.  Her hair was sleek and stylish.  She looked stunning!!

This is Emma's music teacher Miss Elyse North - you could not find a better music teacher in the whole of Australia!

Emma's best friends - Ness, Steph, Emma and Courtney!

The graduating class of Yanco Agricultural High school 2013!


After losing our Jack last Christmas it has taken a while to get another dog.  We wanted another Jack Russell but his time I wanted a female and a wire-haired one that wouldn't remind me so much of Jack.  Farmer Phil wanted one exactly the same as Jack!!

So in August I found an advertisement in the local paper and went to check out the litter of puppies.  I came home with Pippa - she was 8 weeks old and tiny!

She has a naughty streak in her!

She joined me on the header a few times during harvest!

25 Years!

On August 26th Farmer Phil and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary!!  I know - we can't be that old!!

We spent 2 nights at The Buckland Retreat near Bright, VIC.  It was just beautiful and soooo peaceful!!

This was out accommodation!


This was the view from the deck!

We did some beautiful walks in the mountains, ate, drank and relaxed for 2 days!