So this time it was Sebs turn to celebrate his special coming of age with friends and family at home. We decked the garden with candles and lanterns and we all enjoyed a delicious bbq banquet and toasted Sebs birthday wishes under the stars. It was lovely to see so many of his friends and be part of such a hppy occasion, they all seem to enjoy their drink and they were all well tanked up when the taxis arrived to take them to the Vally for some serious clubbing! Needless to say we were quite happy to tidy up and have an early night!
Seb was given a lovely watch from his brothers and money from family and friends to put towards a bungey jump which he planned to experience in New Zealand over the Christmas break.
We also had a very pleasant evening with close family and girlfriends enjoying a meal on our tiny deck on his actual birthday, so a good time was had by all.
We also had to face the sad realisation that Cieran was no longer able to stay in Australia with his existing visa as he did not qualify for any
other immigration criteria, despite him having all his family living in Australia, he was the wrong age, had no skill on the shotage list and could not stay working for the same company for more than six months which basicly made us all feel helpless, despite appealing to our local MP and trying to find a way for him to continue to live with us here in Brisbane. Despite all these negative setbacks Cieran was very positive about returning to the UK and looking forward to the challenge of finding work and living in London.
So with departure on December 17th we celebrated an early Christmas meal with all the family and shared the giving of presents and cards. Needless to say the table was decked with Christmas lights and candles and we all enjoyed a happy evening. It is so hard to feel in the Christmas mood overhere when the seasons are all back to front and we are wearing shorts and t-shirts and struggle with the haet and hunidity, not a hoar frost in sight and the usual family and friends are seated along side us.
Farewells at the airport was difficult especially when it is
Sitting outside on our little deck having a meal to celebrated Sebs actual birthday
uncertain when we will see each other again, thank goodness we can talk on Skpe. Atleast Kate can look forward to being reunited in March when she will join Cieran for two years and live and work in London with him. Who knows he may get his visa a different way being with Kate , an Australian girlfriend?!!
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