His handwriting was the finest I’ve seen. His general knowledge was immense. His sense of humour made us all laugh and when at Christmas he held a cigar, made the ‘V’ for victory sign and recited Churchill’s Speeches he enthralled us all.
An all round sportsman and a man who played Chess by correspondence, my Dad was an avid reader, a superb writer and story-teller.
His Welsh upbringing gave him a set of values and principles that were admired by many in the community. He was a hard worker who passed on his love of life to me and four my siblings.
When I migrated to Australia in 1973, I know he was disappointed and I regret that. I wish I could have spent much more time with him especially in his later years, but it was not to be. He passed away on 8th November 1999 aged 86.
Now, today especially, on what would have been his Birthday, He is with me in spirit and I remember him fondly and miss him terribly.
Happy Birthday Dad, you were the best.
Saturday was a day where we experienced the worst of conditions with soaring temperatures, high winds and finally, thankfully a cool change and rain.
The Adelaide hills were ablaze and we had 327 fires in Victoria, and some pretty dangerous situations were developing in Hastings, Bittern and Crib point which are townships just a few kilometres from where I live.
Thankfully we were not impacted by this, though I know some of my friends in Adelaide may well have been. The scenes were very upsetting as I was reminded of the awful 1983 Ash Wednesday Bushfires and hoped and prayed that friends and the firemen tackling these fires would be out of harms way.
Australia is a beautiful country but at times like these it is also a menacing one. My heart goes out to those impacted by the fires and hopefully they will abate quickly.
2015 is here and I started the year as I mean to go on.
I know that every day I will embrace and enjoy each moment; do good wherever I can, not lose sight of my purpose.
The importance of Family and Friends, Fitness, Health and wellbeing, and doing as much good as I can are not lost on me now that I have reached my threescore years and ten.How lucky I am to have lived through all the changes that life has created. Up until the end of 2014 I’ve enjoyed marvellous careers, listened to great music; met and spent time with terrific people; and loved and learned from family, as well as friends, gurus and maestros of many persuasions.
On this the 2nd day of January 2015, I’ve already started my year off in the manner I wish it to continue. I’ve spent a lot of quality time with my wife and son, dined at Milanos, marvelled at the magic of fireworks at South Bank, entertained a dear friend from Malaysia, converted some Vinyls to MP3, and connected via social media to friends and family in over 12 countries.
My life going forward will always be about family, friends, service and facing whatever opportunities and challenges I meet with energy, confidence and mindfulness.
It’s going to be another incredible year. I can see it; hear it; feel it; I can taste it and I can smell it, and as long as my senses and faculties remain I will make the best of every moment, for life is for living and enjoying everything it has to offer.
A week of joy and connecting with friends and family here and overseas added sparkle to my Christmas. The Tree with its sparkling lights, Lunch at Berwick with TM friends, Visitors from Malaysia, and the love of my family, all contributed to a wonderful time.,
What a wonderful Christmas we enjoyed today with the exchange of delightful gifts, a wonderful meal, accompanied by a bottle of Mateus Rose, and our guests Anna and Jerry sharing the joy of the festive season with us for a few hours..
It was our opportunity to reflect on the past year while listening to some favourite music from the past on vinyls from our collection, played on my new turntable which converts Vinyl to MP3.
Jim Reeves – Twelve Songs Of Christmas, Jack Clement – When I Dream, Queen – The Best Of, The Beatles – Rubber Soul, ABBA’ Greatest Hits, and Smokie to name just a few, and of course my beloved Rhos Male Voice Choir – Music From The Welsh Mines (Recorded on 4th May 1957)
Messages sent to Toastmaster friends around the world and a couple of calls to family in Queensland and the UK, added to the joy we felt.
The perfect end to a tremendous day.