Friday, 19 July 2013
Some of our oldest and dearest friends came to lunch yesterday. One couple had recently returned from a walking tour through England and France, so they had many happy tales to share.
During the course of the meal one of our friends asked what was the main reason for us leaving Brisbane after almost 21 years to return to the city of our birth. That was a difficult question to answer as it was not one single reason, but a culmination of many. The hardest and most emotional decision was leaving our son, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren behind, not to mention the wonderful friends we had made over the years. However, it finally came down to the fact that Sydney always deep down in my heart was the place I wanted to be in my later years. Here are friends we have known since early childhood or since our children were babies and here is where most of our family resides.
It is difficult acclimatising to the colder temperatures, but the Pollyanna in me is still delighted by the bareness of some of the trees in winter, the glorious colours in autumn and the sudden burst of blossoms in the spring.
To complete my day, while we were drinking our coffee the phone rang. It was a gentleman from India trying to convince me he was calling from Australia. He knew he was in Sydney somewhere, but couldn't quite recall exactly where. Then I had a text message informing me that I had won $1,500,000 (US Dollars no less) and all I needed to do was advise my banking details to have the booty dumped into my account.
Oh happy day.