Spent Christmas with my sister, brother-in-law, nieces and nephews-in law and of course my great-nephew Korban.
It takes a toddler to make Christmas special again. Never mind the forlorn hope of peace on earth and goodwill to all except illegal immigrants. Give me the sparkle of a child’s eyes. Mind you, this particular little chap was shamefully spoiled by all and sundry. ONLY yours truly did not go overboard. But I mightily enjoyed watching everyone else.
Santa was good to me. I brought back with me a Bay Tree to replace the 25 year old potted tree I gave away in NZ and which I missed sorely, a book on Australian reptiles, a catalogue of classic bikes auctioned in Auckland last August, and a pack of NZ’s finest coffee: Altezzano. For myself I bought a summer motorcycle jacket. In the 40 degree weather it is like riding in a kevlar string vest with the warm breeze caressing my chest, but still having the armoured elbows shoulders and spine, and abrasion resistant kevlar skin should I end up tumbling and sliding. It has a removable snug and waterproof lining for when the weather is not blazing hot. Very reasonably priced indeed. I found it of all places in a wee country town called Dwellingup, I was riding home by one of the popular ride routes and found the biker clothing shop a couple of bikers have set up next to a restaurant popular with the weekend rider set. Since I was sweltering in my DriRider (R), even with the lining removed, I could hardly pass it up. Should’ve had one in Fiji.
The Bay tree made it home on my bike wrapped in cardboard from Korban’s slide. Since returning I have repotted it into a 50 litre pot which it will share with Rosemary.
I was hoping to meet up with Tim down Esperance way this week, but he got another week’s work which is better to take than a holiday, so that idea has been postponed. I am still determined to ride to the sea and jump in to it in the next few days, but probably somewhere closer like Albany and then I can ride through Denmark to Walpole (said to be a great ride) to Manjimup and back home. But first I have some housework to do..