It had to happen. My oldest daughter has left home, all very amicably. She’s commencing university in Toowoomba on 27 February, and is physically attending, as it’s a theatre degree. After a moderate amount of looking about, her and her boyfriend have found themselves a nice two bedroom unit in a leafy street. So that’s that. Toowoomba is a four hour drive from where I live, some of which is through winding, narrow roads, so the majority of our contact will be electronic.

It’s a bold step for her, but I have the fullest confidence she will adapt and thrive, to use an ecological term. I wish her well.