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Longer sunny days with azure skies remind us that Christmas has nearly arrived.† Summer and writing our annual letter always brings back pleasant memories when we send out greetings to our friends around the world. This year has been an exceptionally adventurous one with Donís busy five month trip around the world, momentous decisions by Lily and completion of Lilyís landscaping project for the house.
Lily has continued to enjoy being the
The shopping complex with ten shops in Subiaco continues to go well, with mostly reliable tenants, and no empty shops.† Lily has managed these since 1999 when the introduction of a GST appealed to her very system-oriented brain.† She monitors maintenance and does the accounts and deals with tenant concerns and complaints.† Since our purchase of the property in 1983, land values have appreciated steadily, making the property an exceptionally good investment.†
Lily had a trip to
She has maintained her regular contact with sisterís family, chatting with Britt, aged 8, who enters year 4 in 2004, and Curtis, aged 11, who commences year 7.† She also invites them to stay during school holidays where they enjoy satellite TV, DVD movies and excursions to the river, beach and local shops.† Both children have developed a taste for cappuccinos.† They have been booked into private schools very close to our home for their high school years, with Curtis arriving in 2005.† After a disastrous drought in 2002, the Liebeck family enjoys a substantial wheat crop this year.
Don will turn 57 in January. In December, 2002 his right eye was successfully operated on to remove a cataract and insert a plastic lens.† His eyesight is now greatly improved as a consequence of this amazing operation by Dr Littlewood.† Don has continued working for the newly created Fremantle Peel District Education Office as a psychologist four days a week.† However, he enjoyed taking six months of long service leave on half pay, a privilege granted to long serving members of the Education Department.†
He used five of these six months to
travel with Richard, his personal care attendant some 65,000 air kilometres and
twenty thousand road kilometres through fifteen countries and twenty capital
cities.† Don kept an extensive three
hundred page typewritten travel journal called Wheelchair Nomad,
which is easily accessible on the net along with some of his digital
photographs.† Please read a section of
this journal to get the flavour of the trip, either
Now, back to
work, Don (VK6DN) continues to chat away happily to amateurs worldwide on 2
meters (amateur radio) during the one-hour drive to and from school eighty
kilometres south of
Donís health this year has been
problematic, beginning with severe coughing fits which occurred following meals
while he was travelling.† This problem
disappeared on his return to
Please remember that we have loads of accommodation for visitors in our house.†† We live in a Mediterranean climate with more hours of sunshine than any place on earth with our summers occurring during European and North American winters.† As our friends retire, we urge you to consider an Australian winter holiday.† We 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.