I hadn’t realized just how long it had been since I wrote a blog post, until I checked on this page today. 2019 is one of those years which has gotten totally out of control, not least because the DH (upon our arrival in Queensland in January for a new posting) had no sooner arrived at his new base before he was given the news that he was to be discharged on medical reasons. Consequently, we’ve spent no time settling into our new home before we began prepping for the trip back across the country to our home state of Western Australia.
I have to say, I’m cheering over this change in our circumstances. While we couldn’t have anticipated the need for a medical discharge, it means one important thing to me – the opportunity to go back to be reunited with seventy five percent of our family – our three boys, who remained in Perth when we travelled across here. Not only has it been a wrench for us, but also for our daughter, who chose to come with us to Queensland. We’re an extremely close family, and being apart from the boys has been extra especially tough – even more so because we went from living with the six of our together in one (boisterously loud) home, to just the DH and I for a couple of months, and now us and our daughter. I can honestly say it’s been one of the toughest separations I’ve every dealt with, and there will be lots of catch-up hugs, and teasing, and laughter, when we get back home just a day or two before Christmas.
With everything going on, there hasn’t been much done in the way of writing, other than a number of small, practice pieces I’ve written to keep my hand in. The cast of ‘Tokens’ are particularly vocal, and I suspect there will be one or two new novels coming from the setting of Garrison, Montana in the future.
Right now, I’m up to my armpits in prep work for the move home, but I thought I should pop my head in and say ‘Hi’. For those who have come across my novels and in turn started following my adventures through ‘The Worlds of D.S. Williams’ – Hello! Welcome! – It’s great to meet you!
There has been some fun during our whirlwind, eleven month sojourn on the other side of the country, in particular we had a visit from BIL and SIL, during which we visited some of Queensland’s theme parks, one of my favourites being Dream World. Tiger Island is always fun to visit, and with my brand-spanky-new 80X Optical Zoom camera, I was able to indulge my love of close up photography. I also realized I apparently have a bit of a ‘thing’ for paws – they pop up regularly in my photo files!
I promise I’ll try to do better with updates… just let me get back to my home state, where no doubt lots of new adventures will be had as the DH and I settle into his retirement.