The reason I'm mentioning all this is that we have received the first email from Dennis since their arrival in Australia. I laughed so hard - it was hysterical! Dennis has this style of writing that is unintentionally dry and so, so humorous. Here is part of his letter:
We have spent some time on my brother-in-law's farm in the hinterland. Unfortunately he got bitten by a python while removing it away from the house. Normally, pythons can be handled but this one became agitated because of mating season. My brother-in-law was not seriously injured. I guess it is common for pythons to rest on the roof tops of farmers' houses.
All of the other snakes on the farm are too deadly to mention - you keep your distance. The alpacas on the farm are quite friendly. One alpaca likes to live in the farm house and thinks it is human. I don't think this is normal but I do not question the Australian way.
Well, enjoy Ann Arbor. I miss Michigan football. Go Blue. Dennis
Are you rolling on the floor? "Too deadly to mention"? "I don't think this is normal"? Pythons on the rooftops? Really makes you want to emigrate, right? Dick's comment was "At least there were no snakes on the plane!."
He also mentioned that their luggage arrived 5 days after they did...not quite so funny.
We had a farewell dinner with them not long ago in T.C., and we were cracking up then, too - Chris was telling about her new daughter-in-law who is a pagan, a witch, and has a PhD in mushrooms!!! I'm telling you what, this is a very entertaining couple! They gave us a lovely gift from their home - a painting of the Boardman from the viewpoint of our campfire circle. The painting was done by an ex-Belleville High School art teacher amd is beautifully mounted and framed.