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Just writing to say...
by Robert Harrison   
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Last edited: Sunday, December 24, 2006
Posted: Sunday, December 24, 2006

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A Christmas morning letter to you all

It is 5.00 am on this bright sunny Christmas morning here in Queensland Australia.

My wife Ann is still asleep. I will not wake her to ask if she would like to come and join me on my morning walk. Having just had my 76th birthday I would like to be able to celebrate my 77th, so I let her sleep on.

The morning is already warm, the sun having been up half an hour before I decided to open my eyes. Everything is quiet except for the odd bird twittering away in some flowering bush somewhere to my left. The dawn chorus came to an end at about 4.30.Lorrokeets flying over from the bush woke me up, and a Coo-ee bird kept me awake as it constantly Coo-eed every few seconds. I thought about the dawn chorus, which would wake me every morning when I lived in England. It consisted of a full orchestra and not just the sound of screeching Lorikeets by the hundreds, bombarding everything that lay beneath their fly path with their early morning toiletry.

I did not meet anyone as I took my walk. The odd car passed along the highway making its way to somewhere, work maybe or to some family who lived up the coast where the occupants could spend this special day with friends. Ann and I will spend this afternoon with a friend’s son and daughter in law at their home about an hours drive away. It will be nice to get out as we have been at home since I caught a bad cold about three weeks ago. Thankfully I am just about over it, apart from some deafness in my left ear and a bit of vertigo.

I came across a dead Stag Beetle lying on it’s back. The poor things do have great difficulty in righting themselves once they roll over onto their backs. They soon die unless you come across them and set them upon their feet. Most people are scared to touch them as they give off a warning hissing noise when touched. My only problem with them is getting them to let go off my fingers when I try to help them, they do have a habit of hanging on for dear life.

The small privately owned factories are for one quiet this morning. There are about a dozen that I pass on my walk. Most of the owners I am on speaking terms with as I pass along on my walk. We chat for a while about nothing in particular, it is just an excuse to stop and pass the time of day.

The Osprey nest which is on top of the Communications tower is empty of any young, they having left the nest a couple of months ago. As the Osprey likes to build it nest in very high trees, the telephone company kindly built a metal basket for the birds to nest in right at the very top of the tower. Within a couple of months it was the home to a family of two baby chicks and their parents. They return each year to raise their brood.

Well I suppose I had better let you get on with your own celebrations on this very special day. Most of you on the other side of the world will still be asleep as I post this to you. Maybe you will not even bother to use your computer until after the celebrations. Somehow I cannot see that happening.

So from your friend Robert I wish you a very Merry Christmas. Remember it is not the gifts we give but the gift we were given all of those years ago.


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Reviewed by Cynthia Borris 12/25/2006

Here I am 3:00am on a cold Christmas morning just outside of San Francisco - awake and reading your wonderful description on this holiday walk. Thanks for an early present. I feel I've just walked alongside you on this wonderful Christmas day.

Merry Christmas,


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