It's been a while since I put up a blog over here. So much going on in our lives.
Our kids keeping us young - absolutely loving watching their progress.
Let's go from youngest to oldest.
Alexandra (my Bubba and she always will be) is now in Year 11 at Music Industry College and absolutely blossoming as a magnificent human being. Hated school before MIC, and now totally loving it - no uniforms, so every morning in front of the mirror, we have a fashion parade - at least four changes of outfit before she can launch outside the front door! Mother totally encouraging her - two divas in da house! - wouldn't be dead for quids!
She is going to school every day early because they are auditioning and rehearsing for the big one - The Triffid Concert in June - for those who don't know, the Triffid is a major music venue in the Valley in Brisbane owned by JC (John Collins) who was the bass guitarist of Powderfinger and who is on the board of the school. Every year he donates the venue to the school for the BIG CONCERT. As far as I can tell, at the moment, Bubba is doing 3 or 4 spots that night, some singing and some bass guitaring (is that a word?) - Whatever, she will make us proud.
Charlie now at the Conservatorium and learning to do what he loves - they say that if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life! - I experienced tha by joining the Navy at age 16 and you know what? I still haven't worked out what I want to do when I become a grown up!! Just ask the likes of Dowsing, Hooke and co...
Maybe not but you get my drift.
Charlie and his flatmate Tex have a recording studio in their house! How good is that?
He will have his first album out, soon - can't wait.They just take songwriting and production in their stride. All my life, I have been procrastinating about writing, and they just do it.
Nick, our next one up the line has turned out to be a magnificent Dad with his lovely wife, Alyssia. Both members of the venerable NSW Police, they took a posting to Condobolin, in Central NSW after a few torrid years in Sydney and now have their first child, and our first grandson, Reed - a truly magnificent human being if I don't say so myself - one of those kids with a permanent twinkle in his eye, but then, I could be biased.
Both Nick and Lys are moving on to a new posting in northern NSW later this year, before moving on to, hopefully their final posting to Lys' home territory near Byron Bay - we don't mind if it puts us closer to our beautiful grandson, and Liljana is over the moon about it all.
James, next up the line is having a magnificent career doing what he loves as a dog handler in the ACT Prison system - not much will escape that pair's atttention. His beautiful partner, Laura, and he are well settled in Canberra (wish I was!) and very happy - we don't see enough of them. Get yourselves up here more often, will ya?
To round it out, my boy, Chris - in Sydney - getting on with life and, though we don't talk a hell of a lot, it is always lovely to be in contact. A bond that can't be broken.
That comfortable silence that makes it all the more enjoyable when you do catch up.
I am a truly lucky human because of my beautiful wife and family.
Had a small cancer scare a month or two ago - all good and the doctor said I'll easily live another 20 years! What? Does he think I'm old or something - I 'm shooting for another 40! Too much life left to live, can't possibly slow down - I haven't written enough poems or sold enough T-shirts yet and there is a lot of Rugby to be analysed.