Wow - what a memorable time that was!
Maggie and I wanted to visit some very special people in our lives in England and following that, we we going to head off to Zermatt with the good lady's sister for a few days R&R - which turned out to be a bit of an oxymoron in the end (Hey, if you're going to visit the Matterhorn, then there's going to be a certain amount of physical activity involved!)
Our son Paul flew from Toronto to meet with us and to spice up our visit with his challenging catch phrase, "what's the plan?" So the recipe was there for some great times.
But you know what? It was even better than we'd dreamed of.
The top picture shows us with my brother Dave - a superhero if ever there was one - his wife Ann and son (on the left) Chris. Words fail me when it comes to explaining how Dave's coped with his condition over so many years and how Ann has been his rock during that time. The lady in the nun's habit is .... A NUN! (sorry, no prizes there!) She's Maggie's aunt and is 96 and still counting! Paul is showing her how to use WhatsApp! Talk about 'new tunes on old fiddles'. She has been a teacher all her working life and now mentors some of the ex students - even though they are now grandparents and some of them in their 70's!
Naturally, on the trip I wanted to introduce Mr Dickens to as many people as I could so below is a slide show of some of the people and places I took him.
I cannot thank the team at Firefly in Zermatt enough for their great hospitality and genuine friendship - if you ever get lucky enough to go there, believe me, you won't be disappointed! Also, the team at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London - you too showed what the meaning of excellence of service can mean.
So now I'm back in Perth and preparing to finishing editing the latest two books in The Renaissance Brothers series. But it's the memory of the people whom I've met in the last few weeks that will keep me inspired. I hope you meet some of the hidden heroes and secret saints that inhabit your life too.