Just taking a few minutes out to update any of my readers who are still checking in here (thanks guys).
Things are going well, and busy. Always busy.
I thought they would get less busy as the girls got older, but I was wrong.
The big challenge this year is for Miss Nearly-12 who needs to find a High School for next year. For the past three years she has had her heart set on the Specialist Agricultural Program and a local (but "out of area") High School To get into the program she had to submit a A4 page HANDWRITTEN letter as to why she wanted to do the program along with copies of her school reports, references etc. Then on the basis of this, they chose children to interview. She had her interview yesterday. I do think it is a big ask for these children to go through and interview like this on their own at this age. (Parents waited outside). Anyway, by her account, the interview went well. So now we are just waiting for a letter (2-3 weeks) to let us know if she has been accepted or not.
The program itself sounds really good. The school has a mini-farm on the premise and a larger farm in the vicinity. In Year 7 they only get out to the big farm twice (apparently they only do this program twice a week in year 7, so they focus on the mini-farm), but as they go up through the years (4 year program) they spend more and more time out on the big one.
We do however, have a back up plan. The local High School (walking distance), offers a specialist Technical, Engineering and Maths program and she has also been accepted for this. But it's definitely her second choice (and the school is okay with that and are happy for her to put her offer on hold until she knows about the first program).
Meanwhile, Miss Nearly-14 (WHERE DID THE TIME GO) is almost fully recovered from her bout of Glandular Fever and is back into the swing of things. This term she has a couple of competition performances with the Band to add into the mix. Oh should mention that Miss Nearly-12 has a similar competition performance with the Choir she is in coming up soon too.
Other than that, she's focusing on her studies, Cello playing (did I tell you she started playing the Cello last year) and her part-time job (yep, she has one of those too - localish winery / cafe as waitress/general dogsbody).
Meanwhile, I'm still working at the same job (nearly 3.5years there now), although my role is supposed to change to focusing on Office 365 Adoptions rather than general training / consulting. I'm not sure how this will work out long term, but for now I will just wait and see.
Hubby is going well and working hard. No major news there to report.
I did manage to get up to the farm last weekend for a shoot. The first night out wasn't too bad, got a couple of rabbits but didn't see much else and unfortunately a storm came through which meant we didn't get out the second night. They have had a lot of rain up there over the last couple of weeks (which is good, the crops are loving it), however the ground is very boggy and you really have to be careful driving around. I am going up with some people from my gun club in a couple of weeks again, so hopefully the goats will be around.
So that's it for now. Hopefully catch you soon.