Now Qantas has always been my airline of choice and when Number 2 son generously paid for me to come and stay in New Zealand, I went online to the Manage My Booking site to reserve seat numbers for the four flights (Dubbo/Sydney, Sydney/Auckland and returns). Warning: verbal diarrhoea follows.
When our landlord recently decided to put our rental house on the market, Nigel and I discussed the idea of buying the property in my name only thus hoping to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
How did you transition from General Duties to Highway Patrol?
It’s mandatory to do a minimum of three years in general duties before you can transfer to a specialist position. I successfully applied for a traineeship at Cobar and have just completed the necessary 5 phases of training including Advanced Driver Training skills, Traffic legislation, Radar Theory and Maths as well as Lidar Theory.
Okay, sorry but that was the best I could come up with and Yes, I realise that the heading isn’t all that catchy or totally apt but Nigel is at work and, to be honest, he’s my ‘go to’ person when I’m lacking inspiration for something clever – hence “Twelve degrees of separation”, which was a lot better than all of my suggestions at the time.
It occurs to me that I never got back to you regarding the final week of exams.
After a fun week with friends and neighbours, enjoying the cool nor-easterlies at Paradise, we’ve returned to life on the sun – or so it feels.
Our punishment for a week away is dead grass, dead shrubs, melted candles and continual temperatures in the 40s. All my hard work weeding, watering and sprucing up the yards and getting up early during water restrictions has, alas, been undone!
With Cobar temperatures stuck in a rut, we’re looking forward to Nigel’s next exam – if only to escape the incessant heat. On the 13th of January, he’ll return to his Goulburn cell (well, size-wise anyway) for the final HWP exams while Bowie and I return to all things sand and surf and await his arrival on the 18th of January (We love the good sergeant!).