Thursday 21st December 2017, Heathcote Junction.
We are now back in Melbourne, Heathcote Junction at least, North of Melbourne on the Eastern side of the Hume Highway near Wallan. We flew down yesterday and will be here for two weeks visiting Narrelle and family, and Matthew and his family. All went well yesterday until we arrived at Heathcote Junction, oh I suppose I should point out at this stage that because Narrelle was busy at the time we arrived, we decided to catch a bus from the airport to Broadmeadows and then catch a train to Heathcote Junction where Narrelle would meet us. Immediately before we were due to disembark the train there was a tremendous downpour and we got saturated getting off the train to her car. It was just as well it was not too cold and we dried out in not too much time.
We are expecting a packed house for a few days as Mattâ€™s parents are due for a couple of days over Christmas as well, so we are for now bunked in the studio, fitted for sleeping, and it is as comfortable as anywhere. The studio is one end of the shed Matt and I built, and was for Narrelle and her photography business, but gets more use for housing guests, so it was a very worthwhile exercise building it. This was where I did my plastering apprenticeship.
It has only been five months since we were here last, and we are still surprised at how much the kids have grown, but I guess this is a usual grand-parent thing.
The other thing I have been preparing myself for is the walking in this area. Because we are now in a hilly area it is impossible to walk anywhere without going down, and eventually back up some steep hills. Last time we were here, and after taking a walk, I found some muscles I hadnâ€™t used for a while, and ended up sore enough to stop me from walking for a couple of days afterward, so on my walks back home lately I have been incorporating a small hill in the centre of Caboolture township, and walking up and down it a couple of time each walk to hopefully overcome this happening again. After going for the same walk today that bothered me last time, I am now wondering if the practice worked or not, as I think I am feeling it already, tomorrow will tell.
After doing our final stint of shopping tomorrow we are very much looking forward to some relaxation with all the family, and letting our hair down, I even left my blood/sugar meter at home so it doesnâ€™t have to bother me, not that I am going to over-indulge anyway.
We do wish everybody a very merry Christmas, well as merry as you wish to make it, and a very joyful new year.