Saturday, December 31, 2005

Goodnight from Sydney - and goodbye to 2005

As I write, there is less than four hours to 2006 so the blog is a little light on posts tonight.

I can not help thinking back to this time last year when Mel and I attended the New Years Eve Gala concert and party, at the Sydney Opera house. That's Mel's hand you see in the picture:).

It was our last night together and got off to an interesting start - a start that gave me the chance to see another side of the girl who eight days earlier, I had asked to marry me.

We had been staying in the beautiful Mountain Heritage in the Blue Mountains, but had booked a suite in a hotel in Sydney for the last night. When we were shown the room, she was dismayed to find that the hotel had "accidentally" given us a twin room about the size of an airing cupboard.

This was her last full day and unlike me, I didnt want to cause a scene on Mel's last day. I tried to put a positive spin on it - even trying to convince her that the beds were Australian size and therefore much smaller than US sized beds. Even I had problems believing that one.

Very calmly she said, "Why don't you go and see if you can get us something to eat dear?" Good idea!

When I came back, there was a very sullen porter (how dare we ask one of the union protected Australian shirk-force to actually do what they are over-paid to do) moving our bags. During my absence, paperwork in hand, Mel had gone into action.

All turned out well and we had a wonderful night and our first dance together. And Mel dear - that wont be our last tango in Sydney:)


That's it for this year, but before I go I would like to thank those of you who have supported the blog since it started in May. Already some special friendships have been made, and I very much appreciate those who take the time and trouble to respond to posts. I know it can be frustrating having to type in those barely legible letters, so your efforts are even more appreciated.

Wherever you may be in 2006 - please be safe!