We've had a lovely day in Perth. After a 5.15am finish in the taxi I came home and slept for an hour and a half before having to get up and leave for Perth. Mrs Holt Press drove and I semi-slept in the car. We needed to be in Crawley by 11 for a special event. Our friends Phil and Julie were renewing their marriage vows and had invited a small group of frieds to come an witness the occasion. I had the honour of leading the "service" which was a very casual and friendly affair, although the recommittal of their vows was sincere and meaningful. Despite my sleep deprivation I managed not to fall asleep at any critical moments. Afterwards we had a picnic lunch on the banks of the Swan River and as an added bonus to waht was already a delightfully picturesque setting, a couple of dolphins came swimming right up close to the shore and we all enjoyed watching them glide gracefully in and out of the water.
When lunch was finished and after a few people had a swim Mrs HP and I went to a movie and then onto Northbridge for dinner, a beautiful seafood platter at The Fishy Affair, before coming back to P & J's place to watch the end of the Australian Open tennis.
A great day, in the company of good friends, lovely food, perfect weather, special events and a very relaxed feel. It doesn't get much better than this.
The pace will change tomorrow, by the time we get home, P & J and kids will be well on their way to Cambodia for a week of training in preparation for a new job they hope to take up in Afghanistan!!!