“Hello everyone, nice to see you all here, even if it is a bit of a surprise” I said as I gave Angela a kiss, followed by mum and aunty Jean, before sitting down next to my younger son, and my daughter in her high chair, where both were busy making a mess as they ate, and Angela handed me a damp wash cloth, to assist with cleaning up some of the mess. Shortly after we were all given some dinner, a little earlier than usual, but since I had not eaten much in the past two days, I was quite hungry.
I let my parents know that I checked their place and that it was fine, and they said they would travel down to Perth and stay a few days with Aunty Jean before heading home, after a nice dinner with the family, they all set off to Perth, while I would remain for another day to organise the clean-up of the two trucks, and make sure they were ready for use again at a moment’s notice, and then I would return home late tomorrow afternoon.
Thankfully, for the next 1 ½ weeks, there were no more wild bushfires in the region of the Bindoon training facility, and on Christmas eve I finished my last day of work in the Army, the next week after Christmas, the family and I will be very busy finalising our luggage for the long journey to England.
Christmas this year was a grand event, which we held at Mum and Dad’s place on their property, as it will be a long while before we will see it again, and it included some of my parent’s friends who were not concerned about my personal business, including the shire president and his wife.
During the Christmas party, I learnt that Dave, the local Fire Chief and 4 others had their volunteer positions within the fire service terminated, which some shire councillors tried to overturn, but they soon found their positions were under threat, if they continued with their demands, so the decision remained, which was causing a lot of friction within the district.
After the enjoyable Christmas and Boxing day on the property, Aunty Jean, Angela, the kids and I headed back to the city, were we made the final preparations for our newest family adventure, five years of living and working in North Yorkshire, which I hope will be the beginning of a wonderful life for all of us.
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