Friday, 1 January, 1993. The day for our return to Brisbane. Spent the morning with the Bones. Fine and hot. Emily and Annabel spent most of their time in the pool. After lunch we put our things in the car and set off about 1.40 arriving at just after 4. There wasn’t much traffic on the road so I drove to the Pacific Hwy at Crow’s Nest and followed it to Wahroonga where we drove on to the freeway. It was just 200 km to Singleton. We were expected at the Charbonnier Motel and after leaving our things in our room went to see Dave and Marney. The Bennetts were there. Peter and Helen – Helen with quite a bad cold. Sebastian was very good. Played happily with his books and toys and went to sleep while we had dinner in the back yard – steak cooked on the barbecue by David. He is on a diet to reduce weight and no longer drinks beer only champagne. E was happy – her favourite drink. It turned out a very pleasant occasion and it was not until after 10 that we returned to the Motel. Dave was looking rather tired.
Paid our bill at the Charbonnier $97 and then called on Dave and Marney to say goodbye. Had some conversation with them and the Bennetts before setting out at 8 am (EST) on a fine, sunny morning. We made stops at Uralla to do some shopping – I bought a belt and small booklet on the history of the district and E a small stool and one or two other things. On arriving at Armidale we had lunch (sandwiches) in a café before completing the rest of our journey reaching Brisbane just after 7 as the dusk was falling. Time taken 11 hours. Bronwyn’s friend Lyndall was staying with her and we all had dinner together. Lyndall told of her experiences when living abroad – Sweden, Switzerland and Egypt. She is quite a level and cheerful person. Bill gave me his Xmas present – a computerised chess game – a great advance on all the older ones. He is on speaking terms with Bronwyn but told E and me when Bronwyn and her friend had gone downstairs that when he brought up the incident involving the calling of the police she became very annoyed. She considers the incident belongs to the past and should be forgotten.
A quiet day at home. Weather fine and hot. Bill got ready for his return to Roma, leaving at 2 pm. He had acquired one or two things to take with him – a golf trolley, a couple of bicycle tyres (he has bought a bicycle from one of the hospital domestic staff- and of course he took his golf clubs. He had no room for the TV set but says he really doesn’t need us (sic). Before departing we called on Eve and gave her her presents – a bug destroyer and a diary (illustrated with country matters -called a Country Diary). Later in the afternoon Caroline and Susan came for a swim. Lyndall (Bron’s friend) was picked up by her cousin Clive to spend the night at his place. E says Bronwyn has been complaining about Lyndall to her so we hope no unpleasantness will result. Lyndall who is 41 is a cheerful agreeable person whom E and I both like. I did the surgery books and found I had earned $35535 over the last 6 months. We had a ring from Bill shortly after 8 to notify us of his safe arrival. Then Eve arrived with the children and watched the end of House of Elliott instalment before departing with Caroline – leaving Susan to spend the night with us.
Back at work again. A fine hot day. Not very busy in the surgery but had 4 house calls. Talked with Gifford about exchanging our beepers for mobile phones. We are going to get some estimates of how much it will cost. Bev’s Jim is back at work but still gets asthmatic attacks. Bron’s friend Lyndall arrived back in the evening brought by her cousin Clive – he lives at Joyner and they went downstairs to talk for a while before he left. Bronwyn and Lyndall are leaving for Sydney together on Friday. Eve came in the evening and left Caroline and Susan who wanted to spend the night with us. They were very little trouble and were soon in bed and asleep. There is plenty of colour about just now – our crepe myrtle is in full bloom and so are all the others in the neighbourhood along with Oleanders, Cascara (sic) and Bougainvillea.
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Huntingtower this morning. I now have 8 patients and saw them all at once so I will make my visits monthly. Not many surgery patients during the morning and only two in the afternoon. A hot humid day with a storm in the evening. It broke just as I arrived home and soon heavy rain was falling. Lyndall cooked the evening meal – a chicken dish (cold) with grapes, lettuce, celery in a mayonnaise type dressing which we all agreed was delicious.
E went to see the house in Oriel Rd. No sign of Lyndall or Nick but the cleaners have been and it looks much better now – the grass, or rather weeds have been mowed so it looks considerably tidier on the outside. E is rather sad that she has been unable to see Nick and we have no idea where they have moved to.
Another hot humid day with a thunderstorm in the late afternoon. Fairly busy in the surgery. Gina Hoare not well and blood tests suggest infection somewhere so arranged with Jim Anthony to admit her to the Mater Private. Bron and Lyndall had dinner with us in the evening and later we watched TV – at least they did but I slept most of the time. Gifford and I arranged to lease a couple of mobile phones – the saleswoman came to the surgery at 1 pm so now we have the phones which should be ready to use tomorrow.
Plenty of clouds about and weather hot and humid. Rain expected later in the day but didn’t eventuate. Busy today. Couldn’t get the mobile phone to work until I rang Bill Davies at Hutchison Telecom. There had been a mix up over the number given with the phone but now it is working well and should be very helpful. Lyndall prepared dinner – garfish with vegetables and salad which we all enjoyed. She is leaving tomorrow for Sydney along with Bronwyn. Josie finally got in touch with her mother. She wants to set up a stall in the Paddington markets in Sydney and sell clothes as she has been doing in Brisbane. The woman she has been working for will supply her with clothing at wholesale prices and Josie wants Eve to assist her with money to buy them. Eve was annoyed that Josie had completely ignored her over the holiday period and had reappeared when in need of money. We have heard nothing from our Lyndall and E misses seeing Nick.
A fairly busy morning in the surgery but managed to get away just after 1. Bronwyn and Lyndall left for Sydney today so that when I arrived home they had already left for the airport. I left for Southport shortly before 3 arriving at SL before 4. The road was fairly crowded but no holdups. Found my mother quite cheerful and looking much better. The hearing aid is working well but she doesn’t like the “hollow sound” that it has. I brought her some chocolates and fruit which she accepted without demur in not complaining that there was too much fruit as she has done in the past. There were grapes, plums, nectarines and bananas. She said she felt better and praised her present doctor. I noticed that her pulse is now quite regular. On the way home I encountered 2 thunderstorms with quite heavy rain but they didn’t last for long and I arrived home about 6.
Gifford working this Saturday as he is to move next weekend. Weather continues hot and humid but no rain. I did some shopping during the morning – bought accumulated copies of Gioia in the Valley then went to Myer Coorparoo to buy some clothing. Spent the afternoon at home doing the surgery books. Lyndall is still working for the Estate Agent. We saw an advertisement in the paper which gave her name and telephone number for interested persons to ring. The telephone number is her old one so she must have had it transferred to where she is now living which must be somewhere nearabouts. Eve and Doug went to Coolum today. Rachel is looking after the children being unable to go as she is suffering from an attack of Chicken Pox. E called on her during the afternoon. Now that only E and I are in the house it is very quiet and peaceful.
To be continued.