Thursday, 25 March 2021

It's very refreshing to go away and take a break, to clear your head, and just get into something else. Francois Nars




 

Shutting up shop for a few weeks. Back late April, around the 20th. Will be on Insta, visiting Hobart (first plane since Jan 2020!) and some art-y & outdoors adventures.

Hope everyone has a safe and dry Easter break, wonderful school holidays if lucky enough for that.

I have stories to write so want to knuckle down on that.

With no particular meaning except I can't get enough of these guys at the moment, I leave you with this cheery song!

Have a good few weeks, everyone!






"Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before."
 Dalai Lama 

Monday, 22 March 2021

We live in a rainbow of chaos - Paul Cezanne

 


The view out the window is incredibly grey, and the living room has sprung a leak so that's fun, however, fighting through the darkness are bursts of bright light and colour. Indeed, a delightful rainbow of chaos.

What are you loving this week?


Saturday, 20 March 2021

“A good life is a collection of happy moments” so keep collecting them ― Denis Waitley (and me)

 

There has been a lot going on in this country to be unhappy about. There is even more on a global scale to overwhelm you with feelings of loss and despair. However, there is good. Plenty of good and plenty to be uplifted by.

 



“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


I was lucky this week to get to Monet & Friends, the very pretty exhibition on at EQ. I didn't love it as much as the Van Gogh, but I still enjoyed the music and colour, and learnt a little too. Did you know that the invention of the collapsible metal paint tube was what allowed the Impressionists to start painting outdoors? Artistic evolution through practical invention.



I also got to Summer in the Domain for Hayden James. It was all things wonderful in spite of the weather. In the uber there, my pulse was racing and the feeling in my chest was as if my ribs might burst as my heart expanded in joy. I was exuberant at the idea of being in that crowded energy, though we were spaced at tables and had to remain seated, and the heavens were about to bring forth a deluge.

I went with friends to Young Frankenstein at the Hayes Street Theatre. My friends were just back from Womad, and I hadn't seen them since last year, so it was lovely to catch up and heqar all their news. The show was hilariously kooky and frankly, I LOVE that you can get a Negroni or real champagne at the bar. It's a small theatre but hits all the high marks in my book. Plus weirdly no queues for the toilets even though there's only 2.


I got two hours to sneak off to The Other Art Fair, which was fabulous, thought provoking and fun. 

There was a break in the rain that allowed me to go for a walk & talk with a friend - my favourite type of exercise.








I've written a bit of a story and I've read a book and started a new one.

Tonight I am off to what would have been cocktails and bush tucker treats in the Botanic Gardens at sunset...while the Harbour views will be limited, it's an outing with friends so I'm happy enough.

So in these wet, dark and depressing times, life is still pretty. pretty good!

Linking with #TrafficJamWeekend


Anthem of the week (both due to COVID and Floods):

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Early morning at the Grounds


 

I had to pick up a cake on the weekend, and I booked for the 7.30 slot. It was a rainy morning so people were sparse. 
























I managed to get some reflective shots as the lamps (and fairy lights) were on and sparkling (for #WeekendReflections)






I still hope to get back for dinner in the cushioned Moroccan themed private dining, but not sure if that will actually happen. 













It certainly felt like a magical escape, even though I was just running an errand on a rainy day. 









Sometimes those simple pleasures are enough to make you love life!



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Friday, 12 March 2021

Writers Block

I definitely have it. I am struggling to write any fiction and it appears I'm beginning to struggle to think of anything for the blog as well! 

I will be taking a break come the 26th March until 18th April so will limp along on the blog until then, just to try and push through it.

I can't explain it. I have been going out and doing fun things, I've been seeing art to inspire me - and movies and exercise and walks in nature. Just nothing.

I submitted something for Furious Fiction but my brain shut straight back down again.

#AusWrites even asked their writers how they got through writers block and while there were plenty of great ideas, still here I am!!

Got a busy week ahead so hopefully I can shake things up inside, and get back to feeling more 'normal'.  A play, an art show and a (drum roll)...festival! (of sorts). 

May you all be feeling more creatively inspired or content than me! 

Linking with #Sundaybest



Weekend in B&W





Struggling a bit to find my writing mojo at the moment, and woke to a scene that screamed for a B&W shot (I forgot to close the curtains).


Short balcony pictorial.





Linking with #PictorialTuesday #PicturePerfectLinky  #WordlessWednesday #WWOAT #WWOT #TheRandom #SundayBest #NaturesNotes #WeekendinB&W 






Saturday, 6 March 2021

Shades of grey



Was cleaning up some photos off the camera, and found these. Not spectacular but a whole lot of nature in shades of grey.

I like the two of the moon, above and below because passing clouds have textured and coloured the shots.
The rays are highlighted by the cloud.

A tiny drop of blue hiding in the grey.
For #WeekendReflection




The grey sky makes the orange more valuable - like a glimpse of gold that might be whisked away...


I like the tiny hint of pink clouds and the small spotlight on the building above, a focus in the grey.



I like the next three simply because the sun coming up changes the picture. All taken within minutes of each other.
















Have a great week and stay safe. 





















Linking with #DND #KeithsRamblings


Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Rainbow season

 In Sydney there's been an influx of tourists, which is lovely to see. I was curious as to where they all came from, and according to my husband, the country.  I guess I don't know for sure but I smile to myself every time I see couples here for Mardi Gras. It's like a little bit of  'normal' creeping back to our lives.

I am loving seeing the city burst into colour with the rainbow decorations.

Enmore is open!


A group of friends and I went to the Mardi Gras Bingo (which as you know, I'm a huge fan of the bingo) and while it had a whole essay of COVID safe rules, I said to my friend at the end "If anyone here had it, we all have it now". It felt so good to be DANCING!! Please people, can we keep the masks and sanitising up. I do not want to go back to lockdown and restrictions. 

I had a party (with Gladys fortunately timing the announcement to 50) and the Thai food came in Mardi Gras colours by coincidence to match the Archie Rose Mardi Gras cocktails...though it wasn't a party for Mardi Gras, it was a party in the window before the next lockdown. A Unnecessoiree! 




I'm not off to the parade but I do enjoy the three weeks of celebration. I know I share this every year but it's a good reminder (and funny song) of how to react should someone choose this time to come out to you.

Also sharing this definition, which I saw on Women of Colour Collective but applies here too. 

ALLY DEFINITION

A - always centre the impacted
L - listen and learn from those who live in oppression
L - leverage your privilege
Y - yield the floor
*Mnemonic credit: Kayla Reed Executive Director ACTION St. Louis Follow Kayla Reed on Twitter @iKaylaReed



Lastly, the fabulous Grace Petrie. (Swears so NSFW)

This is from the Bonds poster.


Hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend!

Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. Maya Angelou





Linking with #Lifethisweek  And #KCACOLS 
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