Jonathan says I’m the only person he knows who was looking forward to being 50 as it was a step closer to retirement and access to over 50s concessions. It did feel like a milestone though. We spent the weekend with our friends Peter and Kim at their home near Shepparton, Victoria. They had kindly been receiving cards and parcels for me at their address during the week. I think everyone had been scratching their heads over what to give someone who’s travelling in a campervan for several more weeks. Jonathan came up with an excellent gift. I’ve constantly used our old binoculars for watching wildlife during the trip so he bought me some Bushnell Legend waterproof binoculars for some serious observing. Thank you for all my other gifts (and gifts to come) and all the lovely birthday messages which made me feel very loved.
After a sunny start, it was a stormy day so we were glad to be in a house and have extra space. I didn’t have to lift a finger all day and indulged in reading, whilst drinking white chocolate liqueur and stuffing my face with Belgian chocolates. The day was rounded off with an Indian takeaway and birthday cake. We all felt suitably sick afterwards and went for a late evening walk, followed by watching the movie ‘A Street Cat named Bob’ sent by my sister Joan. A very enjoyable true story and excellent acting by Bob the cat who played himself.
A big thank you to Peter and Kim for their hospitality and allowing all of us the luxury of soft furnishings for the weekend.