Welcome to Wombats
Many years ago, due to two unrelated car accidents, my wife and I were presented with a baby wombat to raise. We were in the middle of building our house and not really set up for looking after any extra animals, however knowing that the need was urgent, and that the creature would be returned to the wild as soon as possible, Brutus the wombat moved in with us.
Many years before that, more than I care to think about, my parents bought me a small refracting telescope. Even though the telescope was modest, looking at the moon and stars as a child was an awe inspiring experience that would become a lifetime interest. I would take up science as a career, but not in astronomy. Astronomy would return to my life in retirement.