Right now a log fire burns as my older sister prepares jars of her famous home-made chili jam. No television, no mobile reception. My younger sister Natalie Ruth gently strums her guitar as I hum along and dwell on nothing in particular. The simplest pleasures rule this winter kingdom.
Where am I? Why, I am tucked away in the mountains of Kimbriki at my sisters farmhouse, 4 hours drive north of Sydney. Cathy (said older sister), is 5 months pregnant with my future nephew and the first of our familys next generation. I simply had to visit her to cuddle her growing baby bump and shower her with brotherly affection.
Although these days I am a city boy through and through, nothing makes me happier then these simple, quiet, family infused moments. The stars outside are blinding and in their millions. A deep frost is already settling across the paddocks.
I am one very happy lad right now. One very happy, very sleepy lad. Who knew an open fire could make you more dozy than any codeine strength sleeping pill?
Sleep tight kids.