With all the new security systems that have come into force in Europe, I don’t know if I will continue to get posts from there. I have filled in all the forms and answered all the questions and ticked the boxes I thought were appropriate, so I hope to continue to see you. I have just come back from a funeral in Adelaide. The funeral was in an area called Para Vista ( Montague Road). I no longer get up early, drive to Adelaide and then drive home again. That’s 9-10 hours of driving and add to that if you take in breaks – and I just wont do that. I stayed overnight in North Adelaide and came home on Saturday afternoon. The way the Benji behaved you would have thought I had been away for a month instead of just overnight. Two funerals in two successive weeks, is a bit hard particularly an overnight stay. I suppose I could have missed the Adelaide trip and just not went, but the lady served the church for many years and although we were not all that close to her husband, those of us who knew her felt it was right thing to do to support her at her husband’s funeral.
Annabell has been progressing well and has been getting back out again. This evening I’ll take her to the coffee ladies and then pick her up again. We were at the doctors this afternoon and he is quite pleased with her improvement. – BOTHER……. I must have pressed publish instead of Save. Anyway, I’ll just go on writing and update. Don’t think I can do anything else. Tomorrow is the last day of Autumn and then winter starts in earnest. I have to say, though, it was just a tad fresh when I was out walking with Benji this morning. There was not a cloud in the early morning sky; the stars were all visible and sharp and bright: the moon was bright, round, very white and quite vivid and it was cold, very cold and I regretted leaving the gloves on the chair.
Everything has been very quite of late and we do not have a single function booked this month, so we are well down on what we contribute to the RFDS Central Operations this year. Thus far we are down about $15,000, but then it has been a bad year year all round and although there are major changes in the pipeline, it’s a long pipiline and it will be a while before they flow through and we start to recover and see the benefits. But there is disquiet in that it is being said that Mr. Gupta talks a lot and negotiates a lot, but there is nothing we can really lay a hand on and parts of the shopping area of the town looks abandoned. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out , although Arrium is secure. I just wish the rest of the town had the same degree of certainty.