Australia: Ronny

The biggest highlight of being in Australia was meeting Theo’s family. It was such a privilege to spend a night at Ronny’s house, listening to him tell stories about his own father, his childhood, his beloved italian bride AnnaMaria and Bill, Theo’s late father.

A bit of a Warby institution,  at 98 (‘and I’ve still got all me marbles!’), Ronny still drives himself, has an active social life and often goes dancing with his lady confidantes. He and Billy, his Jack Russell, are a common sight in town. If you go the old Mechanics Hall, you’ll find a plaque with his name on it- he was instrumental in lobbying the Shire of the Yarra Ranges into recognising the Hall as a heritage building and saving it from being torn down.

These images are from the evening we spent at his home, Gunya, right at the edge of the Yarra Ranges forest.

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The first time I met Ronny, he had a bunch of magnolias for me. He sat across the table, took my hands in his and told me just how happy he was to meet me. Then he and I spent a few moments weeping at each other with poor Theo looking on, wondering what to do.

Normally, meeting the in-laws for the first time is nerve-wracking. You’re praying hard they’ll like you and doing your best to make a good impression. How lucky I am, to find family that loves me on the other side of the world.

My heart is so full.

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