Yes I have been absent. So many reasons and too many to tell here but rest assured I'll be back to complete Merrilyn's story, which has many chapters to write yet.
In the meantime, what are you doing for Earth Hour this year?
At 8.30pm on Saturday March 31st, people across the globe will turn out the lights and consider what they can do to save this wonderful planet we live on and ensure a future place for both humans and the rest of the animals we share it with.
Watch this inspiring video and be part of it.
Earth Hour 2012