I’m shocked at how quickly my blog hiatus has flown by. Two weeks ago, I announced that I would be taking time out for two weeks. This wasn’t because I was tired or burnt out, or bored with the blog. My reasoning was that I could foresee that the upcoming two weeks was going to be really busy, and I didn’t want to be rushed and stressed. That last sentence is evidence that I am starting to slow down! Just a little. Even though I was super busy, I missed not writing my blog posts, and at times wondered why I made the decision to take time out. Mostly though I missed my readers and bloggy friends. I had to take myself seriously under control to stop myself visiting blogs to find out what was happening out there in the worlds of my friends. Now that I’m back I’m looking forward to touching base again.
So, what have I been up to over the past two weeks?
- My main reason for taking time out was that I had a huge multi day genealogy conference to attend and knew that I would need time to absorb and process the information that I absorbed. The conference, RootsTech, was held virtually, and being free this year, had over 1 million attendees from over 200 countries and territories. In a ‘normal’ year, pre Covid-19, Rootstech was an in-person conference held at Salt Lake City, Utah. I attended in 2016 and was amazed at the size of the largest genealogical conference in the world. I had a great time on each of the three days, updating my knowledge and learning new things. This conference was the biggest highlight of many over the past two weeks.
- Planning my posts for the #AtoZChallenge. For anyone who doesn’t know A-Z is a blogging challenge held every year in April. The idea is to publish a post every day for a whole month, except Sunday. This year will be my eighth year, but spread over three blogs. This year my AtoZ posts will be on my family history blog. Here’s a link to my A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal.
- Even though I’ve been busy, I’ve been making sure to walk everyday, as I’ve spent more time than usual sitting. We went on a bush walk at Whroo, which is a historic gold mining area about one hours drive from home. The purpose of going was really to search for ancestors graves in the Whroo cemetery. The area is beautiful for bushwalking so. we killed two birds with one stone, so to speak
- I’m recovering well from my broken arm, which continues to improve every day. It’s not quite right yet, but very close. I’m having physio, which is helping, and expect that my appointment at the end of March may be the last
- A few days ago, I managed to get back on the bike. I’ve been hesitant because I didn’t want to put too much pressure on my arm, too quickly. I needn’t have worried as my arm felt quite ok on the bike. It was only a short test ride, but I’m feeling confident now about a slightly longer ride in the next few days.
Flowers From A Summer Garden
The photo below, is the first flower on a new banana passionfruit plant that was planted just a couple of months ago. This plant must be in the perfect position, as it’s been growing wildly and is now flowering. I can’t wait to try out a banana passionfruit as I’ve never had one. Have you tried it? We have a normal passionfruit vine which is amazingly prolific. If you come anywhere near me at the moment, you will leave with your arms full of passionfruit. So, another passionfruit vine is exactly what we didn’t need, but Wo could resist a banana passionfruit!
Even though the past two weeks have been busy, there has been time for the garden. The hottish summer days have now gone. I say hottish, because the summer has been very mild. We’ve had hot days but nothing like our usual summer. The milder weather has been great for the garden. At this time of year, the plants are usually still trying to recover from the long hot summer days. This autumn, however, the plants are looking very healthy.
An added bonus of the milder weather is that the fire danger stress hasn’t been anywhere near as severe. It’s been a relief to not have that stress for a change.
This post is linked to Denyse’s Life This Week
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