Rain, from our front door 7th Jan

Rain, from our front door 7th Jan

Isn’t that a great word. it means the day following Thursday and before Saturday, which heralds the arrival of the weekend. For many time to rest, play sport, recover from the working week, or work weekend shifts and get better penalty rates or a day to plan a date, party or night out.

Fridays before a long weekend are normally busy ones for people, who plan trips away and for those parents preparing their children for school and especially important for those parents getting ready to send their children off to boarding school.  It’s that for many a country parent this weekend. time to cherish, spend moments together as families knowing that the house dynamics and the relationship with boarding children is about to change forever.

Sending ones child away would be difficult, I didn’t have to make the choice and I am so glad about that. But I know of families that did and struggled with goodbyes each and every time. These families will work to school calendars, exeat weekends and spending as much time planning for those as they do saying goodbyes.

Fridays don’t mean much to graziers though, as they still have stock to look after regardless of the days of the week. It is a laborious task for many. Picking weekends where you can escape is difficult and can only be done last minute (in case water troughs are empty, cows are calving, fire season and and and.) it makes planning difficult and I am a planner so sometimes it’s hard to say you can attend as you know you may not be able to and so I now decline and hope if I ever do turn up unexpectedly people would be happy to see me.

We are going into the January Long weekend and are awaiting the arrival of one of my brothers, one of his sons and three of his mates. They have a project in mind and I shall be putting them on the bus back to their parents on Sunday night, This will get them home in time to enjoy the Monday and then get ready for school either Wednesday or Thursday (depending whether or not it is private education or public). We are both looking forward to their arrival, though I suspect the cat’s won’t be, they are only used to our company and go running when they hear strange voices (stupid things). They’ll cope.

I hope whatever you are ding this weekend you enjoy it with family, share it with friends and I hope any plans you have made work out. For those wanting to know what face they have for a Friday’s born child here is the poem.

Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for a living,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath day,
Is lucky and happy and good and gay


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