Tomorrow night I will be in Coffs Harbour, on Thursday Byron Bay, Friday, Saturday and Sunday I will be in Brisbane and Monday back in Coffs... Home Tuesday so please bear with me if emails are a bit slow this week!
Anyway, tonight I am staying with Rick and Tammy... both ex-RAAF. What is really special for me is that Rick and I served together and in 2017 he deployed to Afghanistan and I was able to surprise him by making him a LB. Lynn made his quilt.
Rick and I worked out that it must be 30 years since we have seen each other but as it is with friendships based on shared service, 30 years means nothing and we picked up our friendship where we left off.
I thought you would like to see this photo of us with Rick's laundry bag and also the one of him with his quilt, both of which he treasures. He refuses to use his laundry bag but he has agreed, thanks to his wife, Tammy's, urging, to use his quilt.
Check out the view behind us... that is Port Stephens... tough life huh???
Thanks Rick and Tammy for your hospitality... I really enjoyed my stay, the yummy roast lamb dinner, the great conversation and friendship! I might have to come back!
and now for the rest of this week's messages.
Thank you for the awesome quilt and laundry bag.
A little background information about me; I’ve been in the Army for 10 years, I’ve completed tours of Afghanistan and Malaysia as a grunt (infantry) and this trip here in Iraq as a “technical electrician”. All completely different experiences, both good and the bad. Comes with the job description I suppose. I have an amazing wife of 6 years marriage today and two gorgeous kids,10 yrs and 4 yrs.
You said that you are new to this gig. Couldn’t tell 😊. These gestures might seem small and insignificant but they go a long way. Just knowing that people do appreciate the effort and hardship soldiers do endure during their service means the world. Keep up the work you’re doing; the future soldiers will appreciate it as much as I do.
Enjoy the Christmas Holidays,
Till next time... keep spreading the word and happy stitching!