We’re having a busy time back in Australia! (staying at the apartment in Kangaroo Point, the grounds are looking lovely). Lots of appointments for health check ups (all good for both – phew), lots of friends to catch up with and for me a trip to the UK in the middle of it as, sadly, my Mother passed away on 2 September. My sister and brother flew over too and we all managed to meet up at Heathrow within an hour of each other, so that made it easy to get to Henley on Thames. Obviously we had the task of clearing out her flat but it went as well as could be expected and got done in the 6 days that we had there. We had a lovely afternoon/evening with the other residents who had been her friends for the last 5 or 6 years. Whilst there we all caught up with our Italian brother in law, Enrico. We had a great lunch and afternoon at the St George and the Dragon.

Pete did his tax paperwork while I was away (Lucky me to miss all the grumps that usually entails!)

Pete and I have made a trip to his house at Cowan Cowan on Moreton Island and measured up for some awnings, took over a new BBQ and relaxed. Terry and Liz joined us for a few days. There have been some wild tides and the front dune had been eaten away up to the deck! One of the neighbours had organised a backhoe to push some sand back so we benefitted from that. The beach there comes and goes quite dramatically sometimes. There was a total fire ban so no fire pit nights this trip. The property is being very well managed by the agents and has many repeat bookings.

We’ve also managed to fit in Pete’s sister Kerry’s 60 birthday, a trip to the Gold Coast to see my brother’s in laws (Georgia managed to lock herself out of the house – see pics) and a night with Gina and Rod in Surfers Paradise. So busy, busy and still a month to go when I get back. Which will include a trip to Melbourne to see my son and a visit to Moore Park Beach. I’m right now at Heathrow airport waiting 4 hours for my flight.