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Published: February 10th 2010
Another great campsite
Swan's Crossing in NSW State Forest
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Christmas has come and gone, January has come and gone, and we had been thinking that there’s not much to write about for this edition. Looking back though, we obviously HAVE done a lot.
Being with the family for Christmas was very special. We got to see our mums, and our 3 granddaughters, and were able to take those magic photos of 4 generations on both Peter’s and Wendy’s side of the family with our youngest granddaughter, Maya.
Mid January found us wending our way back to Tamworth for our first Country Music Festival. We had a market stall booked in the air-conditioned (We’re not silly!!) “Atrium” shopping arcade for the 10 days of the festival. Business was quiet for the first week, so we had plenty of time to wander out to Peel Street to catch some of the action. We also were able to attend the evening concerts in the park
Peter, Maya, Melanie, Peter's mum - Trixie
just over the road after we had finished trading for the day. The poor marketeers who had outside stalls not only had to contend with the oppressive heat, they had to stay open till about 9pm. We heard that some of them would not be able to cover their rent which was much, much more than ours. There was much talk of crowd numbers being down this year, and those that were there were being very careful with their spending patterns. Wendy managed to see Angry Anderson wandering around by himself on the 2nd day we were there, then she passed by Gina Jeffries signing autographs. Peter was able to see Lee Kernaghan on the street the day before we saw him in concert, so referred to him as his mate! We got on well with several of the shop owners in the arcade. Jennifer owns a delightful tea shop, with all sorts of associated pots, cups, and infusers, etc to complement the vast array of teas. We also befriended Ernie and Carol who live on 5 acres out of town, and run a market stall locally, therefore they have “all the right connections”. We got to watch the Cavalcade
(the Parade) on Saturday morning, despite having our stall all ready for action. Our new-found friends were gracious enough to keep an eye on it while we got to see some of our all-time favourite performers, along with some new idols. We had seen many buskers during those 10 days and there are some amazing undiscovered talents out there. We were surprised by how few people we knew; we were sure we’d see lots of friends and acquaintances. Having said that, though, Peter did have a conversation with someone who went to school in Gosford with 2 of our friends! Yes, it is a very small world indeed (especially regarding these 2 particular friends!). Oh, and of course we met Mike & Heather Goodwin from the Central Coast. Mike had been commissioned to do the “voice-overs” for the Golden Guitar Awards Ceremony. Watch Network 10 on Saturday 13th February at 1.30pm for the telecast of the gala night, and listen to Mike’s dulcet tones!
Once Tamworth got back to it’s usual country-town self, our next task was to go the employment agency to follow up on our Buttercup Bakery applications. Wendy passed with flying colours, but Peter needed a
Peter's new mate!
medical clearance. He had been too honest and declared a spinal condition that has been present since birth (and hasn’t stopped him from doing anything, so far). That clearance has now been gained, so he only needs to complete the induction process. We will be helping out with the increased production leading up to the Easter period. We’ll be sick of the sight of hot-cross buns, to be sure.
We ventured up to Armidale for the last weekend in January to attend the monthly market there. The weather was so pleasantly cool after the month of heat we had endured at Tamworth. It was raining very lightly when we got out of bed on Sunday, so we made our way into town to set up for the morning. The rain held off for the most part, but there were a few showers, which wet most of our peg bags (but that’s what is supposed to happen with them) and of course, our gazebo. However, that rain did not deter the crowd of customers. We were pleasantly surprised with that, and the fact that we have had a few follow-up orders.
Our bicycles have been securely attached to the
A great invention
We want one of these! It's an esky on a motorised scooter. It was in the cavalcade during the festival.
back of the van for way too long, so on Monday morning we prized them off and took them for a run. There’s a great cycle track along the banks of the Peel River and through parklands in the town (Tamworth).
We finally got news about when to start at Buttercup! Wendy had a daytime shift yesterday.
Peter had to bite the bullet and join Telstra Wireless Broadband. The Optus tower here in Tamworth just isn’t coping. So guess what’s happening now? Peter is still trying to get outbound emails to be sent. It’s just a matter of “Outlook Settings” apparently - but ……
Tot: 0.601s; Tpl: 0.046s; cc: 9; qc: 50; dbt: 0.0263s; 1; m:saturn w:www (18.104.22.168); sld: 1;
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