The Last Post…
Actually the first post… but in respect to our Darwin chapter it is the last post for a while. We are caught in that reflective 36 hours before we board the plane for Melbourne. Practised in departing for various locations, the pack up is a low stress affair without the typical worry about whether we left the stove or the water on as we are travelling the 5 minutes to the airport. This of course gives us more time to contemplate whether Jetstar will seat us together as a family of three or the randomly allocated seating algorithm will banish us to 3 middle row seats between people who were never designed to fit into such cramped seats.
Our family is not one for the big send-off as we have been departing for places most of our lives, whether it was living in West Papua, moving to Darwin in the first place or the great number of journeys we have undertaken.
I will be living between Darwin and Melbourne, performing a kind of reverse fly-in fly-out role. Joe’s first week in Melbourne starts with catching up with family and going for breakfast at Ikea (If you haven’t tried it, you must at least once). There are rowing tryouts that Joe will attend for two days. I am looking forward to observing that.
Then we have the collection of books, the speech night for the graduating students and Joe’s school orientation which will occur on the 10th of December – his birthday.
The school Joe is attending has a long history – Melbourne High School
I am using a new blogging tool which I am still coming to grips with. It has more features that my last blog tool.
The photograph at the top of this post is a colourful way of introducing readers to my Melbourne family. This was taken on the occaision of Helen’s Mum’s 80th birthday when we took a ride in the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel before enjoying a great meal at the Golden Leaf restaurant.