Just as the weather in Perth gives an unmistakeable preview of summer (hot, dry, windy, exhausting) Prudence and Beloved are off to Melbourne for a little holiday.
After the, um, joys of renovating, and having only just started a new job, they've earned it.
There were two reasons for planning this little sojourn - a not-particularly-significant birthday and the baptism of young W.
Prudence was bemused to be asked to take on the spiritual responsibility of a god child: "I'm only doing this if I can lead the child astray", she said.
L, the child's mother, agreed: "You're only doing this if you lead my child astray". So that was that, then.
Plans were made, arrangements put into train. Then the church derailed things.
Apparently late November is too close to Christmas, and all baptisms are off. One wonders whether the church really has the child's best hereafter interests in mind!