"The first wealth is health"
One of the projects I have been considering around the yard is a small retaining wall to reduce the debris that the winds & the bush turkeys create onto my drive.
How many hours have I spent tiding up after them?
Yes a very overdue trip to the beach on Sunday & the immediate reason was a very unproductive Saturday.
So to be productive it was defined to be an early start as the best time for the beach is an early as possible.
Ask any surfer that & yes it depends on the swells & tides & winds & maybe the night before.
So what was the highlight of your trip I asked Ann* last night.
Climbing Mt Blanc
How high is that ?
Mont Blanc or Monte Bianco, both meaning "White Mountain", is the highest mountain in the Alps and the highest in Europe west of Russia's Caucasus peaks. It rises 4,808 m above sea level and is ranked 11th in the world in topographic prominence. Wikipedia
I.e. higher than Aoraki / Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Its height since 2014 is listed as 3,724 metres, down from 3,764 m before December 1991, due to a rockslide and subsequent erosion. Wikiped
And Mount Kosciuszko, at 2,228 metres (7,310 ft) (Highest mountain on the mainland.
Although I have known Ann* for 20+ years it was only after a major traumatic event some years ago that I have known her better.
What I observed last night was that Ann* appeared so much healthier & happier.
Now that may be because she actually had two months away in Northern Italy & France. In fact she was reluctant to travel home & has plans for next year.
It maybe because she achieved a major goal.
I recall every time I jog up the bush behind us a talk I heard from an Aussie softball medallist.
That was ‘ don’t look up’ & ‘just one step at a time’.
Yes that helps & Ann* did go up with a guide & a man who was slower than her.
Now this is one of 5 goals of the day actioned.
Yes, it is our way to say thank you to the Boy Scouts when were in our early years.
I still recall Harry G who was our scoutmaster.
He had a clump foot which I now realise was a war injury.
I still recall Alistair & Tony who were in my scout troop back then.
Those were good days & many camps with tents with flys & newspapers in the sleeping bag.
Cooking flapjacks for breakfast & beef for dinner over a smoky wooden fire.
Badges on the sleeves & I now wonder what badges the scouts do these days.
In fact I was asked by my parents to leave the scouts as the school marks were not up to their expectations.
Instead of the “Bobs for Jobs’ that I did when in the scouts, the scouts now do the fund raising by delivery various gardening supplies to our door.
So that is garden lime before the rain & not the hail stones that I expect will appear about the 1st two days of the Ashes cricket test.
Almost a Gabba pitch.
It was David who delivered locally to us.
He has opened a small brewery close by so I have to say thanks by enjoying his Beer.
In a small way.
I meet Mark recently who not only has 4 growing children also spends most weekends & most of the week end being a scout master & also a leader of the Venturers.
To Harry & David & Mark thank you for your enthusiasm & care in doing your part in helping myself & boys learn more out of school than they often learn in school.
We are all very grateful to you.
How do I look after the grand kids??
Or other nieces, family, friends, charities…
Today I spoke to Carol* who has 6 grandchildren & to Barry* who has 4 grandchildren & one is to his ‘other ‘ daughter.
As both are ‘around ‘ my age then I, as I do, wondered on how they plan to look after their grandchildren later.
As, & I can only guess ,they are both in very good financial position & so would have complicated estate planning strategies such as separate testamentary family trusts.
However, as in maths, is there an easier way?
Allison presented her very simple alternative solution to Robyn & myself on Friday.
Allison mentioned that she had just received a $6m cheque from a widow to leave to her 2 sons later.
But ‘that amount is unusual’ says Allison.
When you & I own personal assets then every asset goes through the will.
Our other investments such as super do not go through the will as they are owned by a trustee or a company or joint or other.
I wanted to hear Allison again to remind us why I have 2 of them.
It made sense as I like the K.I.S.S. Keep it Simple Solution.
That was a question that I was asked on Facebook recently & so a way to answer that is what I were doing that same day.
I was at a Professional Development PD day with others in our national group of 270 financial advisers.
The agenda for the day & it was a long intensive day included
Does that answer the Question on what do I do?
It’s been school holidays & unlike many I know the family has stayed home.
No fancy trips, not even to the museum & changing out of pyjamas was a challenge & certainly not every day.
As some stage however having reread the favourite books out came the board games.
Connect 4 & Trouble.
No other & I certainly thought of suggesting others.
It sounded great fun.
I haven’t heard such laughter or banter between both ,maybe ever.
Bets were placed.
Competitions were first up to 9.
This went on for days and nights.
It was great communication.
Away from the computer although it was admitted that early on M.C. Minecraft was played.
It was all good communication.
I must thank younger Maths teacher brother for introducing us to connecting over Connect 4.
I also had the rare opportunity to catch up with a name sake who I meet say every 12 years.
I once was handed down his shoes so I was that close.
Another very happy connecting moment.
Last night I had a couple over who also had a good connecting weekend away.
Out of the house & away from the TV.
Holidays discussed & reminisced & planned for.
John Michael McAuliffe AFA, DipFp., BSc., DipTeach.