This time last year I never expected that the two of us would leave our happy home in Perth, WA and travel across Australia to set up home in an apartment in Sydney - but it’s exactly what’s happened and this is the view from our verandah.
Not too shabby eh?
At a time when most citizens of my vintage are thinking of taking a cruise, playing some golf, joining a men’s shed or offering to work as a volunteer, I’m back at work as a part-time GP in the lovely suburb of Mosman, NSW where I’ve joined a great team of similar minded people who just want to do a really great job and who care sincerely about the welfare of their patients.
The one downside is that time has been so squeezed with packing, moving and setting up in a whole new area that there has been no time to tap the keyboard or promote my latest book Mentor - which, even if I say so myself, is a cracker of a story! And the manuscript of of my latest short story -Kip - lies ideal on the shelf even after having been reviewed and edited by Britta Kuhlenbeck, an anthropolgist with the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council.
Kip is a children’s book and is based in the early settler history of Western Australia. It tells the story of the friendship, and the adventures of a young immigrant english boy named Kip and a Noongar girl, named Maali. I wanted to make sure that I gave full respect to the Aboringal people and that’s why I asked Britta for her help. Thanks Britta. As well as being a children’s book, I think it’s also a book grown up kids will enjoy too. All going well, I hope to develop the series as time goes on, especially now that the suitcases are packed away and we’re feeling more settled in our new home.
Have you got any great adventures planned?
Are you considering a sea change?
My feeling is that life is short and we only have so many opportunities. So when those opportunities do turn up, we should grab them when we can - and no regrets!