Happy 2001 Christmas Greetings and a Healthy, Successful New Year, Friends!
We enjoy wishing you a Merry Christmas.† In spite of terrorist attacks and the war against terrorism, this year has been a satisfying one, as we get comfortable in our spacious newly renovated house.† We have been pleased to complete many outstanding construction jobs including driveway paving, verandah tiles and brick tuck-pointing.† Landscaping still awaits Lily's attention and saving some money although she has completed a plan drawn to scale for the backyard.† Water restrictions, which limit us to two lawn-watering sessions a week, have curbed our ambitions for a reticulation system.† With our gas fireplaces and central air conditioning, winter was cozy and summers cool.
continues to like
has continued healthy but at 55 years of age has unfortunately added a little
girth to his middle. Too much red wine and beer, he thinks.† He has continued working for his ninth year
for Peel District Education Office as a psychologist four days a week and
enjoys counseling students.† This is his
fourth year at
(VK6DN) continued to chat away happily on 2 meters (amateur radio) during the
one-hour drive to and from work and has made new friends. As his car lease
expired, he purchased a new Ford Fairmont.†
He has added an 85 watt linear to the car amateur radio and set up an
internet radio repeater linking system which allows him to link his local
Fremantle repeater via the internet to any of 300 repeaters world wide with
†Donís spare time still continues to be spent
on frequent visits to a 15-theatre megaplex to see most of the new release
films and regular reading of new release books by his favourite authors.† On his day off each Wednesday he meets a
friend for lunch, and a cappuccino.† Our
shopping complex with ten shops in Subiaco continues
to go well, with mostly reliable tenants, although we have been anxious for six
months over renting an empty shop.† Lily
has taken over billing and GST accounting and is keeping closer track of the
outstanding debts than Don managed.
Don enjoyed a July holiday on the tropical
October Don visited the state of Puket, a tropical island in
The location† was
exceptionally beautiful as shown in the photo above.† Tourist numbers were low and the Thai tourist
industry suffered.† Thai food was
excellent, the seafood outstanding and the local people were friendly.† Don rented a car for a week and toured the
island.† While Don was in Puket, Lily
Weíve enjoyed the company of our visitors this year, Michael Hand from Albany and Ken, and Robyn Liebeck with Britt age 7 and Curtis age 9 from the farm.† We have lots of fun doing films and dining out at MacDonalds: great experiences for these country kids.† Curtis will be visiting us prior to Christmas to see the Harry Potter movie and we look forward to spending Christmas with the Liebecks on the farm. The farm has benefited from a favourable year† after a dry start in the Spring and the Liebecks are pleased with their crop yields and wheat prices.
We were saddened this year by the death of Hazel, Donís mother who passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of ninety.† We had visited her two years ago, in good health, but her hearing and mobility had declined steadily since then.† Donís sister Margaret Richmond remains in good health since her battle with leukemia three years ago.
†With the new house, we have expanded accommodation and have recently added a new wide screen TV with digital and satellite decoders providing 100 channels.† We welcome your visit to our abode and love getting your correspondence.† We hope that this finds you well and best wishes for a happy, healthy, enjoyable and prosperous New Year.
With best regards
Don Pugh and Lily Auld.