Russell - with you alongside him - did an inspirational job of holding on to life as long as was humanly possible.
Thanks Jenny - I'm sort of numb - going in waves of emotions. 66 cycles just ended up giving him a lot of time, but quality over the past 3 months has been very poor. Still his motto was "We go until we can't" and he did.
I daresay young Astrid has inherited her grandfather's tenacity!
Maybe tell me about happier times - how you & R met, and where/when you were married?
(presumably not on Kosciuszko)
We met on Muck Up day/last day of school. We went to segregated schools and it was the tradition for the Boys school to invade the Girls. During the melee a garbage can of water hoisted by 2 lads was tipped over me. I didn't know who did it. Mid 2nd year of uni at a party (with my then boyfriend) I found out from the "other side of the garbage can" that Russell was the instigator. Tracked him down next day at Uni, we laughed. At that time he was dating my good friend but she was going to dump him. I consoled him... and got "stuck" with him. Honeymooned at Scone - in January - petrol strikes, hot and 10 days before I started teaching. He was just about to start geology honours - so nooo money. Swam in streams, walked in forest, ate BBQs, bitten by ants, flat tyre - perfect base for orienteering? which came 15 years later.
And as for Astrid's tenacity - she has it in spades from both sides of the genealogical tree.
Thanks for a story which made me smile!
(also I read the writeup about Russell on ONSW website)
That's a lovely tale, and sounds like the perfect honeymoon to me. Many hugs.
So sad to hear the sad news about Rockman when mentioned at the Australian Long Champs presentation yesterday. Take care Tinytoes.
Thank michalmy. Watched on live stream so I felt "we" were there to see his basemap on the ground. Congratulations on your win - well done.
Lovely to have known a true generous gentleman, take care
Thank you - you geologists are a tough breed. Hope you are travelling OK.