There has been quite a difference I the day time temperatures between here and Stone – Diane is telling me about how cold it is there - and of course I would rather the cold than the high 20’s we have been having here in Melbourne.
The vast majority of the time in this fortnight has been taken up with work – there are so many things that I need to get finalised before I can head back but very pleased to say that these are almost completed – a full re-installation of the program software has taken place and just arranging all of the backup files to be stored; further documentation of the changes in European legislation have been copied and some instruction on these has been completed; finishing off some new procedures to be implemented; and a general in-person nagging of people on matters that only seem to be taken care of by that personal approach.
In between all of this there was time for a pleasant Saturday watching Mitch in the first of the practice games in readiness for the new football season – they were well and truly beaten on the scoreboard by a team about 6 divisions above them but they played fairly well considering everything. I managed to get a bit of goal umpiring in as well.
I have been able to visit Elly and Mick (nb Narrowboat Dreaming) and spend an enjoyable day in their company – they are ready to head off once they find a buyer for their house; the new house looks very good and just a few things to be done before it is all ready. We are both waiting and wishing for them to be cruising the canals and enjoying the lifestyle.
|Elly and Mick - waiting mode|
|they just go a bit silly during the hunt|
|Eggs - show me the eggs|
|Hunting completed - until next year|
In amongst all of this is the fact that we cannot all be together this year and I am really missing Diane and Banjo and whilst not wanting time to go too fast, I so dearly want to be with both of them as well.
This week it is a bit of a chance for some rest as I take some leave and off to Bundaberg to visit the in-laws – Dorothy and Terry – and then to Sydney to see Vivienne (her birthday is on the 9th and she will be ?? years old ).