Surely these past 5 months have stretched the space-time continuum? We spent most of June and July travelling, visiting family & friends in Gold Coast, Taree, Sydney, Canberra, Barham, Stawell, Mt Gambier, Narracorte, Lake Mungo, Cobar (?) and Conabarrabran. Kirk then dived into the Home Ed Winter Read-a-Thon and read 60 books and raised $75 for TEAR Australia. We also started Indonesian language classes and hammered Kirk's maths & English. Meanwhile I worked flat out on grant writing in preparation for a 4 week stint at the high school teaching English & History. During the school contract I did a couple of training days in Goomeri and was offered a strange portfolio of work in grant writing, environmental education & club governance. In the middle of my full time stint we had September holidays which were a chance to breathe and enjoyed visits from more friends & family. At the same time our first WWOOFer arrived and was soon joined by 2nd Japanese girl. These girls are great because they give me the incentive to start the garden projects and they relieve me of the drudge jobs such clothes and dishes. Many thanks to Brian, Mary, Anna, Rachel & Michelle who have looked after the kids while I have been at work. Thankfully the endless summer has begun with BBQs, archery, music and swimming in the dam so I no longer feel like this wire spring man Kirk made last month.