Well, we are off again.
I will be away from my blog for two to three weeks.
We are visiting Melbourne because AGA's father is gravely ill. He has been ill for a few months and while he is a strong man both physically and mentally, we are told that there is little hope. He has been given one year at the most.
Of course such predicitions are just that: Predictions. No one can really know the length of another person's days, and as a colleague of mine pointed out only yesterday, the condition all each of us is 'terminal', from the day we are born.
So we are going back to see AGA's Father; to be with him; and to spend time in his company.
It is at times like these that the tyranny of distance comes into it's own. Even in these days of e-mail, and skype, and all the other niceties of 21st Century life that have made instant gratification a by-word for modern living; there is nothing like being 'there' - rather than doing so vicariously from 'here' via a length of fibre optic cable and a satellite...
On the bright side, we will also be there for my Mother's birthday - the first time in ten years that this has been possible, and we will be in Melbourne, which is always a nice place to be.
So I will say adieu for the moment, and we will be back in early November.