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Farm memories

Each January, homme’s Mother’s side of the family meet for food, drinks, laughter and of course the annual Bocce championship. This weekend we travelled to Goomalling (2 hours north-east of Perth) for the reunion. We had a brilliant time. With scorching weather and little people in tow, we were a bit nervous but country folk are always so innovative. The pergola, surrounded with lush plantings of vegetables and fruit trees, as well as a considerably sized green patch of groundcover, was aided with panels of shadecloth draped on two sides with retic pipe run along the top of it which dripped rainwater down the shadecloth during the day. Brilliant!

Approx 40 people made the reunion this year with the newest family member being the gorgeous (read cluck, cluck) Elijah at 4 1/2 weeks. We have joked in past years that we should all wear nametags to help out the newest love interests but this year the oldies decided we should consider nametags to keep up with the growing number of grandchildren.

After filling our bellies, the official draw for bocce took place and as teams were announced, the games began. With a quickfire system of “first team to 7 points wins” it took a little over an hour before we had our winners – a partnership which had already taken the honours in the past. Congratulations Patsy and Brian! The photo shows the trophy we all vie for – it has a history of its own.

Although we took our tent, once it was set up, miss i and miss e decided they wanted to sleep outside the tent under the stars. So homme and the girls curled up together and fell asleep gazing at the stars. Master x and I lived it up in the luxury of the tent where I could view large patches of starry sky through both side panels (we left the outer fly off). Given it was a warm night, and there are no mozzies there, it was perfect.

On our way home today, homme drove through the town of Goomalling itself and showed the kids where he went to school, where his grandparents had lived in the town, and drove to the farm he grew up on. His parents sold the farm about 15 years ago. Although the owners were not home, we drove around the shearing sheds and jumped out for a couple of quick photos. The flies were very friendly and temp was over 40 degrees but my subjects were great xx

Homme found it very nostalgic to go back to the past.

We had a great weekend, and look forward to next January’s reunion.


4 Responses

  1. A lovely story well told. I can’t believe how many hits you are getting!! You will be famous soon xx.

  2. What a gorgeous recount of what sounds like a fabulous weekend!!

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