Reflections at 72

Journal 28 March 2022

Reflections are wonderful when memories of a bygone era coincide with special days. The birthday of our Granddaughter Anika and that of my own. My lovely wife Yovanna treated me to a two-day trip full of one surprise after another.

Trip to Geelong, Clifton Springs, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, Port Arlington, Queenscliff, ferry across the narrows of Port Phillip Bay, Sorrento, Mount Martha, stroll down the beach, dinner at a seaside restaurant, overnight accommodation at a homestead, breakfast by the sea, visited a smokehouse, lunch at a winery, dinner at Barwon Heads and Mornington and finally home.

My favourite was walking along Ocean Grove Sea shore, skinny dipping in my jeans and allowing the ocean currents to nibble at my feet. What a great feeling that was. We watched the sunset, a dog chasing a ball, our granddaughter at her birthday and much much more.   I remember taking my four sons to Ocean Grove when I had access to them every fortnight. We had wonderful times together. Eventually I won custody and the rest is history.

Another memory from the past came to mind, back in 1986 when Peter Hatherley, Blue Matheson and I ran from Glastonbury (Geelong) to Ocean Grove. We were very fit back then. All three were Regular Army Cadre at Deakin University Company (DUC) under the leadership of Maurice Barwick our Officer Commanding. I met some wonderful blokes at DUC.

By the time we reached home we were knackered and sleep came easily. A great time, beautiful two days and wonderful to catch up with family. My wife certainly knows how to create a wonderful atmosphere.  At the age of 72, life is still wonderful despite mankind’s poor attempts to emulate nature, the world is still a beautiful place.

As always, be of good cheer and enjoy life.