Late yesterday afternoon - 24 hours after this tranquil scene - about 100kms north of here, there was a massive electrical storm that swept through the Myall Lakes National Park where four oldish mates were on their annual canoe excursion: between Christmas and New Years; for the last 12 years; four days from Buladelah to Tea Gardens. At Mungo Brush the swell whipped up by the storm up-ended one of the canoes tossing a man into the river. They found him 20 minutes later near the Bombah Point ferry wharf. His mates, together with paramedics, tried but he was gone.
I would prefer that to going into a nursing home. Tough on his mates, though.