It’s been a busy week for me – from muddy visits to farms, baby scans and road-trips west. This is what my last seven days looked like…
Thursday was a day of waiting. Waiting for much anticipated rain which was due to fall right across the drought affected region. I lost count of the number of times I went outside to check the sky or jumped onto the computer to check out the Bureau of Meteorology radar. The day came and went… and nothing. Then in the small hours of Friday morning it started, and didn’t stop for hours on end. It was glorious listening to the sound of it on the roof, dipping in and out of sleep.
The rain was all anyone could talk about on Friday, and so it dominated my day at work. I ended up heading out to a farm, a little to the north of Wagga Wagga, to chat to a farmer for both television and radio segments. It was amazing to see giant pools of water by the side of the road in some places – it’s been years since we’ve had such heavy and prolonged rain in one sitting. Friday also turned into a beautiful, sunny day, which seemed so apt after the thundery showers the night before. It was like the world was refreshed. Cleansed of its dusty outer shell and ready to shine bright under blue skies.
Adam and I headed to a youth fundraising event on Saturday afternoon organised by a group of talented youngsters at Create Hub. Adam sourced and helped set up some donated lighting for the event which featured a barbecue, craft market and four hours of musical entertainment. The kids were so proud of their efforts and quite a few performed on stage, in front of a crowd, for the very first time. The performances were held in a back carpark, nestled between old work sheds and warehouses – which provided a wonderfully, atmospheric feeling to the whole event. It was rather chilly though, and my big winter jacket got its first outing of the season.
I wrote in great detail on Monday about my lovely Sunday – which really amounted to a lazy morning, gym time, brunch, a family visit and a roast dinner. It was just one of those really nice days that seemed to flow at just the right speed. I’m trying to make the most of those days, as come the end of the year they’ll be few and far between with a newborn baby to look after. For the moment though – I’ll take as many as I can!
I went for another ultrasound scan on Monday to check on the development of our little person. It was quite a lengthy process as lots of images need to be captured to check that development is progressing as it should. Our baby was quite wriggly, making it a little tricky but after an hour or so we’d got all the stills that were required. Adam joined me and it was lovely to just stare up at the screen and watch our baby move about – we’re so excited to meet bub.
On Tuesday afternoon I headed west to Hay for a candidates forum in the lead-up to the federal election. With the rainfall we’ve had in the last few weeks the famous Hay Plains have sprung to life and look completely different to last time I was out this way a few years ago. It was wonderful to see green grasslands and pockets of water by the side of the road. The landscape of western New South Wales is stark, but I think there’s a beauty to its big skies and isolation.
Back to Wagga Wagga again and on the way east, there were a few stoppages at cotton crops to shoot some vision for upcoming television stories. The paddocks of cotton are quite a sight from the road – it’s almost like a never-ending vista of fluffy white. Harvesting has already started on some properties, and as the big bales are transported tiny little bolls often fall off, leaving a stream of cotton by the side of the road. If you squint your eyes and tilt your head, they almost look like tiny snowballs ;).
What have your last seven days looked like?
Have a wonderful weekend. x