The Old Fella
Our boys haz bin bizzy here the last couple of days.
Today brought with it another over-35 degree (C) day with blustery winds – the kind of conditions fires love so much. (What is WITH this weather – it ain’t even SUMMER yet?)
Mr Incredible and Lachy spent about 13 hours working around the edges of the fire currently burning in our place – I was so relieved to get them home. I don’t enjoy the waiting and the wondering.
Dad stayed here last night (after arriving back at the house after 10pm from making sure the fire breaks weren’t breached yesterday) and Mum had to put off some dinner guests. Luckily they are bushies too, and understand the perils of making dates with those who make their living off the land. People come second fiddle to Mother Nature (and her arsenal of weaponry, such as fire, drought and flood) on a regular basis.
But today we told the Old Fella (as he often refers to himself) to take an early mark and Go Home. After all, he is 72 years of age, and really needs to go a bit steadier. Most 72-year-olds know how to relax. Because they are SEVENTY-TWO.
Can someone please inform my father of this fact for me?
The man is perpetual motion. Or an avalanche. Depending on where you are standing.
A Force of Nature one way, or the other.
He had just walked in to report on the day, en route to his home, when I took this photo this afternoon. He doesn’t like having his photo taken much. It requires him to stand still. Have I mentioned he doesn’t like being still? Can you see that in this photo? Heh.
Of course he enjoyed the big drink of Coke I poured for him.*
‘Juiced’ him up nicely for the trip home, to clean up and ready himself for guests.
Man I love taking pics of those hands… (well what’s left of that hand anyway!)
I tried getting him to smile – much easier after a shot of sugar…
Unfortunately he was also in serious motion again – sugared-up and roaring towards the back door to ‘get going’.
But proof he does smile.
Just as long as he is moving…
* This post is not sponsored by Coke. I actually don’t drink Coke. So I have therefore blown any chance it will EVER be sponsored by Coke. #amsonotasaleswoman