a move … and a detour

Happy new year, folks.
Yes, we’ve made the manse-move from Oxley to Tarragindi – one excellent manse to another.

We moved on 3 January. Physically and emotionally it was possibly the hardest of our umpteen moves in the course of 33 years of marriage.

Hardest because we have had to realize we are nowhere near as young as we used to be.
Hardest because, try as we undoubtedly did, we had accumulated so, so, so, so much ‘stuff’. I use ‘stuff’ both literally and figuratively. Over the past year we have tried to simplify our life in a range of ways, but if you saw (as a privileged few did, to their astonishment) how many packing boxes… how much furniture made it to our new abode, you’d get a clearer idea of what this ‘stuff’ is all about. I’m not proud of the fact that Dale and I (myself especially) are accumulators par excellence.

The move? We resolved this time around to ensure we had help with our move – the packing & unpacking, the dumping, the cleaning, the moral support. We’re so thankful to some couples from Oxley church, our lads and especially two longtime friends who went beyond the call of duty to be there for us … they themselves moving in a couple of weeks. Beat that!

I’m minister at Oxley-Darra UC until the end of January, with my final service at 8.30 am Sunday 26 January. I take up ministry at Wellers Hill-Tarragindi UC from 1 February, with my Induction on 5 February.

The detour? Well, I type this from our unit at Hervey Bay – our annual January R&R with our wonderful friends Glenn and Jan. We’re here for over a week and plan to make the best of it – swims, good coffee, friendship, reading, cards, some TV & movies, great meals, see breezes, walks – my sort of break. My sort of detour.

Cheers folks,



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