Believe it or not, I'm still on the planet!
We've been busy, moving into our complete bedroom - last night was the first night in it! It took me ages to figure out how I was going to attach a curtain rod to a plastered straw wall without wood backing - ended up doing 30cm sharpened pegs of 19mm dowelling, driven into the bales via a 19mm hole, like a giant wall plug. That was pretty solid. One for each screw, so that made it two left, two right (the centre had the window lintel as wood to screw into). Now the curtains are up, but I have to re-hem them when I get the sewing machine out! Had to let the hems out.
Would you believe an old classmate from primary school whom I've not seen since I was 10 emailed me recently (via a message board), and we were comparing notes! That was so interesting. We used to do lots of outdoor-based play together as kids. We rode our bicycles with "reins" on the handle bars and they had horse names, haha. We went to the same riding school too. She, like me, is married but children have not eventuated. Turns out she was in Australia a few times in the last 32 years to visit an aunt but we hadn't each other's contact details! However, she may now well make another visit, although her aunt died a few years ago.
Strange weather continues: After the biggest drought since the one I bought my mare in during 1983 (funny, she grew up in a big drought, died in a big drought), we've had a very dry year so far - less than half the rain we usually get by August. This month has been so dry, in the middle of winter, that the soil is drying out and some grass is drying up - we have only had 20mm of rain in the last month, and should have had over 120mm in that time.
The dog had a scuffle with a nesting emu and sprained her hock, is running on three legs with a sausage of a lower limb and asking me to lift her into her armchair. She is so lucky she didn't break anything or get killed. Nesting emus are pretty ferocious. I think it will be about a week before she starts using her leg again, but she has an undiminished enthusiasm for running around shaking her soccer ball and growling, albeit on three legs at present!
That's my news. Hope you all have a wonderful day!