November 11, 2002


Penny and I are moving to the Central Coast of NSW, and quite soon at that. After receiving an excellent job offer, Penny forced me at gun-point to move to a warmer, sunnier clime that offered both beaches and leisurly strolls. I submiited only after hearing about the tan I'd have within a month of arriving.

She'll be leaving in less than two weeks, to look for a house, and to begin work. Rupe doesn't like his employees having easy lives, so there's no time for anything like a casual or relaxed move. I'll be following at the end of the school year, having been egged by the kiddies, and wished a fond farewell from the staff.

It's all rather sad, really, as we were both desperately looking forward to becoming Yarravilleans, and spending a great deal more time with you lot, whom collectively we adore. As to our feelings about you individually...well, that's another matter altogether. That said, we will be relocating to an area and home that will have ample accommodation for those of you who wish to spend some time away from ghastly Melbourne winters.

Becasue of the suddenness of the decision, it's going to be difficult for us to organise a gathering prior to Penny leaving, but I will endeavour to catch up before the ritualistic egging of staff late December. All the best.

Dave and Penny

posted on November 11, 2002 at 05:33 PM by dave.

Well, if anybody's the master of movement it's you, Dave.


I hope to hear a few missives from "up there". And hey, it probably won't be long before Steve's working in the same town for a while ;P

posted on November 11, 2002 7:27 PM by cos.

No. Buggery bollocks. This seriously disturbs my geography - it was looking like we could pretty much ring the city with Soupistes. Now someone's going to have to move to Perth and someone else to Darwin to preserve the symmetry. Well done, Penny, and well done central coast for winning you. Are you going to keep teaching, Dave?

posted on November 12, 2002 10:04 AM by darren.

That's the plan. I've applied for a few jobs at the posh schools, but I'd say it's more likely I'll end up emergency teaching until I can land a full-time position. I've certainly no intention of leaving teaching...remains the best decision I've made with my sorry carreer yet ;)

posted on November 12, 2002 12:58 PM by dave. does this mean there's juicer Local News(tm) up north, Penny ?

posted on November 12, 2002 3:10 PM by cos.

Actually, I'm not sure Cos. From what I remember of Gosford, it's like Melton by the sea. So certainly should be interesting. The paper's a bit of a spin off from the Daily Telegraph and has just been bumped up from a weekly to a daily, to keep up with the Fairfaxes in the area. I know it sounds like a drastic measure, but to be honest, I thought it was a good opportunity to drag David away from the computer (I believe ADSL is hard to come by up there). Nahaha...

posted on November 12, 2002 8:33 PM by penny.

congratulations! ah, the central coast, growth corridor of the East... interesting media tussle there 'tween Nes and Fairfax... should even things up a bit with you there, but I suspect News might do better, they seem to have a better grasp of the popular... I hope we'll see you guys before you go, perhaps another weekend at the Abbostford Inn?

posted on November 22, 2002 12:16 PM by chister.
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