Christmas Greetings

They shall name him Emmanuel,
"God is with us."

May your Christmas be happy with family and friends

and God bless you with health and peace in the year to come

Ancient aboriginal rock art at Split Rock near Laura, Queensland, September 2005

Greetings from Melbourne where we continue to enjoy life at Parkdale by the beach and at Wesburn in the Yarra Valley. We enjoy our several young families, and various social, church and academic interests. The year began with three weeks in Tasmania for a Beswick family gathering and travelling around the island with our caravan.

Our big adventure was a trip to the northernmost point of Australia on Cape York, better equipped with a 4WD Land Cruiser. We took the caravan to North Queensland via western NSW and Queensland and then, after a week or so at Mission Beach and around Cairns, visiting the rain forests and beaches, we left the van in store and went on camping with the Cruiser for the remaining 1000 kms, fording rivers, exploring national parks and the old telegraph track. We enjoyed the challenge of wild country, historic cattle stations, the aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the far north and some ancient rock art, then back to Cairns and Port Douglas and the relative luxury of the caravan. Down the Queensland coast via the Whitsunday Islands and Sunshine Coast was good and relaxing - except for the sand flies! We had a few days with Sara in Brisbane and friends in Canberra. 11,000 kms, up and down the wide brown land.

Our families are all doing well, and we are pleased to see how little Michaela, Hazel's youngest grandchild, has been developing after she was so ill last year. Time marches on, and now David's eldest grandson, James, is graduating from high school.

We look forward to seeing some of our overseas friends in 2006, as we hope to travel again to US and UK.

Dove Lake Cradle Mountain walk, Tasmania, January 2005

Hazel and David