I am only going to say this very quietly and only once .... (so listen very carefully) I have actually missed MIL today!!!!!!
The house seems strangely quiet and I have been kind of made redundant in the tea making facilities (anyone who knows a British person, especially one of 70 plus years of age KNOWS that the one thing they rely on and drink THROUGHOUT the day is a cup of tea - goodness only knows how many I have made over the last month) and when I took the tram into the City of Melbourne at lunch time to meet Mr SE at a Japanese cafe I didn't have any one to point out various landmarks to out of the window....... Nor anyone to comment to about the wildlife, flowers or people in Melbourne..... Although MIL'S comments back to me were frequently derogatory regarding the 'people' aspect - i.e. 'What is she wearing - it looks as if it has never seen an iron?"
I am sure this feeling of missing the old MIL will pass though - quite soon!!
Meanwhile I took this photograph today and will post it here for you all of two cute and colourful parrots just sitting in a tree outside the house in the street where I live (again, you will probably have to click on the photograph to see them! ) I know that if you are Australian that seeing these parakeets is a common thing but I still, as a Brit here, cannot get over and marvel at their exotic colours and the fact that they look almost out of place in a deciduous tree.
Another small joy of living in Australia.....