Monday, 12 Mar - Oh my, it was early this morning when we got up for Seminary. It was nice to have a few days off before the alarm so rudely awakened us. 😆😃 Then back home for breakfast. Sister Haley was then taken to the declutter centre for the morning. Elder Haley ran and errand and then worked on some welfare things for one of the member families. He also spent some time finishing up the blog from last week. Now it is time to change out of white shirt and use the whipper snipper (weed eater) on the edge of the yard. oh, yes, Elder Haley did stop by Hanks to find out when they delivered new, fresh goods in the morning (and picked up an apple slice to reward himself for checking on the delivery times 😋 )
Tue, 13 Mar - Picked up some TVs from one of the sisters and took over to the recycle tip. Made hospital visit. Played games at the Primary activity. We were invited over to the Normans for dinner along with the elders and Scott. Sister Haley & Elder Haley stayed after the meal and washed the dishes while Beth Norman went to her "having a baby" class.
Wed, 14 Mar - Last day of seminary this week. Ran errands. We did meet with the new owner of the house and asked him to consider letting us stay until August. He said he would talk it over with his family and get back to us on Friday. We had Scott over for dinner since there was no DTM tonight.
Thur, 15 Mar - Lots of errands and drama with some of the members. We worked on getting a gas bill from one of the members and processing it through the welfare system. We were at the FHC from 10-12 and then 630-830pm. Elder Haley also attended Branch Presidency meeting. Lots of stuff to keep one busy, but nothing super extraordinary.
Friday, 16 Mar - Cleaned the meetinghouse in the morning. We did get a call from the new owner and he was not able to give us any extension on staying in the house, so we will have to move to someplace in the next45-60 days. What a bummer. Went to the Clock Tower Hotel to celebrate Dorothy Ledwidge's birthday - she turned 86 today. Finished buying marshmallows for the Branch camp out that starts tonight. We picked up Scott Howard and Sister Stiller at 4pm and then drove out to Magpie Park which is real near Jackadgery and the Mann River. We got there around 5 pm and set up our gear in the open sleeping dorm. We had about 15 or so sleeping in the roon, plus a few others in one of the other room. Peter Arnull was the chef for the weekend - he did a great job. We had a camp fire later in the evening and roasted marshmallows and made s'mores. We sang some Aussie songs and just relaxed around the fire.
Sat, 17 Mar - Happy St. Patty's Day. After breakfast we cleaned up and packed our bags. Then we headed out in 2 groups - one for fishing and one for swimming & kayaking. We went with Joyce Wallbank on the fishing expedition. Joyce had her fishing pole and cast it out into the river and then she decided to go swimming up stream of the fishing pole. She badgered Elder Haley until he relented and went in for a swim as well - actually more of a get totally wet and enjoy the cool water of the Mann River. Sister Haley & Stiller stayed on the shore. Around noon we headed back up to the caravan park and had HUGE ice cream cones. Then back to Magpie Park to pick up our gear, do the final lock up and head for home. We dropped off Sister Stiller and Scott, and then to our place. We showered and it was nice to be cleaned up. We did have to do some grocery shopping and then run to one of the motels in South Grafton to pick up some clothes that one of the District Presidency and left by mistake.
Sun, 18 Mar - President Norman was crook, so he asked me to conduct the meeting today at Church. After the 3 hour block, we held a linger longer to finish off the food that we had left from the camp out. Then home and work on family history until dinner time. Mike warmed up dinner while Margaret continued to work on family history. We did get a call from President Checketts, Mission President, and were told that we might move into the elder's flat and stay there until we leave Grafton. The elders would be moved to a different town for the interim. We shall see how all this goes over the next week or so. Never a dull moment in the mission field.
Mike's reward - apple slice from Hanks
Brooms Head, NSW
Looking towards Brooms Head, Red Cliff
Panorama of Brooms Head, Red Cliffs
Margaret at Brooms Head
Roos in the camp sites at Brooms Head, Red Cliffs
And a few more roos in the camping area
A picture of Margaret taking pictures of roos
Mike getting ready to eat some of our picnic dinner
Just missed getting a picture of these roos on the beach. Up they came, bounding past us
A good side shot of one of the roos flying by
Mike taking a picture of one of the roos
Here is the picture of the roo
Sunset with roo in foreground
Hold steady while I take a picture of you and your joey
Morning sunrise and fog just off of the ground
Pictionary at the primary activity
Our mottled calf and cousin
Mike, Dorothy Ledwidge, Margaret Leach
The bunkhouse/dorm at Magpie Park, Jackadgery, NSW
The main cabin with the kitchen and dorm, Magpie Park
Getting the bonfire going
A bit too hot to roast marshmallows at the current time. Just wait another 15-30 minutes
Rain Best swirling a glow stick
Another glow stick swirl
Rain Best above his glow stick
The kids lying on a mattress and getting ready to swirl their glow sticks
The swirl with lights out, so we can see the glow sticks
Morning fog at Mapgie Park
Some of the brave souls at the branch camp out, Mapgie Park, Jackadgery
Rumble the dog, Spencer Norman, Sage Best
Joyce Wallbank out in the Mann River with Elder Haley trying to decide if he wants to go any further or not.
I guess he went further. The water was cool and refreshing
Margaret, Sister Stiller, Joyce Wallbank soaking their feet in the Mann River
Mr. Bull in the field across from our favourite mottled calf. He is about 6 to 12 inches taller than any of the cows in the field. He is a magnificent animal.