Archive for December, 2019

Christmas Greetings

December 25, 2019

Just realised that I forgot to put up my Christmas picture for 2019!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas from the Howe family

Haru Christmas Hat1
Haru had the fun of modelling the Christmas hat this year.  It meant lots of extra biscuits, so she didn’t mind a bit, in fact the hard part was finding a photo where she wasn’t licking her lips!
We hope you have a blessed time this Christmas and a great New Year.  We are looking forward to the service at our small Mole Creek church on Christmas morning, where we sing carols and read the Bible stories which help us to remember the birth of Jesus, our Saviour.  Then we will head home to cook a hot roast dinner at our home, followed by sharing a cold tea at Paul’s place in the evening.  
Our hearts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by the numerous bushfires this year and the firefighters who are working so hard.  I think that many won’t be able to celebrate Christmas this year, at least not in the way they normally would.
Wishing you all the best

Some progress

December 3, 2019
Kim was really thrilled to get the concrete poured for the container shed floor on Friday.  This now paves the way (pun intended!) for him to install a hoist, which will make it much easier for him to continue his mechanical work on our fleet of cars.
Concreting copy2
We need to get some more gravel to smooth the way up to the floor, and Kim wants to paint the floor with some special epoxy paint to make it easier to keep clean too.
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He has also installed our gas water heater booster.  We still have the benefit of the solar hot water, and can light the slow combustion stove if we want to, but do not have to, and it is nice to have that option.
We also purchased a diesel heater for Lydia’s bus, and Lydia and I were able to install it with a little advice from Kim.  She has used it a couple of times and it seems to work well, though it does make a bit of noise being actually inside the bus, but Lyd figures it will be well worth it in the cold weather!  She can set it to come on before she gets up which is rather nice.  🙂  We are thinking we will probably get another one for Josiah’s bus.
Due to some annoying issues with my job search provider I was not able to do the work experience I had hoped to, and still have not found any paid work.  However I am planning to volunteer at the Mole Creek Online Access Centre, and have a couple of training days coming up.  If all goes well I will be there every Tuesday and Wednesday for the foreseeable future, which leaves me free to continue with the Community Choir on Thursday mornings (which Josiah has started to come to as well) and I hope that I will still be up to running the Craft Group every second Friday.  The busy time of the year is coming up at home, so I will just have to see how I go.
My tomatoes are out in the garden now and looking good so far but Tassie, in it’s contrary way, has decided to go back to cold weather now that Summer has arrived, and we are expecting a minimum of 2 tonight.  Hopefully it will not go any lower and kill everything with a frost!
Kim and I went on an excursion with the Mole Creek Photography group last Saturday morning to Old Wesleydale, which is nearby.  It was a nice change of pace and the property and gardens were a delight, so I have included a couple of photos from the trip to finish up.
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