December 20th – this van arrived at 7 am – we had already done 3 hours’ work… we worked and worked… and then followed the van to Grafton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grafton,_New_South_Wales), where we are storing our home. The van got lost in a terrific rainstorm so we waited but then I left Alan to head South to paradise! To my sister and brother-in-law’s place near Moonee Beach. Al helped them pack and stack until there was not even room for a pin in the shed.
We are starting to feel like ordinary humans on holiday again. Angela is busy making curtains for the caravan while I hold the domestic fort and Alan does the ‘man’ bits of curtain installing! Once this is done and the caravan cleaned again we will be good to walkabout on the wallaby.
The service at the Uniting Church in Woolgoolga was a gentle event. The congregation doesn’t have a minister so there is a small worship committee who devise the services and did a wonderful job of this one, it was filled with kind humour, and profound insights into the modern meanings of the Christmas story. I was inspired and am determined to start going to church as regularly as I can again.
We have had a couple of wonderful walks on the beaches nearby – Bella is thriving in the waves and has developed a real routine of stick chasing and returning. She goes out of her depth at times to retrieve the stick. Unfortunately her dislike of Staffordshire terriers is still an issue and we have to keep her away from any that wander into our vicinity!!
I have been reminded of how beautiful this part of the world is and we were prompted to ask ourselves why we were planning to live in a caravan when our own house at Safety Beach is looking so beautiful?
The answer to the question is that we are feeling very aware of our mortality in the face of recent bereavements and impending sorrows so reckoned that as my job had fallen in a hole we should read the signs and take off to explore Australia. We read I Left my Hat in Andamooka by Clifford Austin this year and were inspired by his description of the simple way he lived and the interesting people he met and places he saw as he explored the Australian opal fields and wrote his articles and made his movie. So here we are about to do it our way.
Wish us luck
We wish you a wonderful 2013, peace, health and prosperity