Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Hungry Rainbow Lorikeets



I was pulling out of my mother's driveway when I saw this little bird (and some of his friends) eating the flowers.

I stopped the car and took photos through the window - regretting I didn't have my camera with me!

Joy burst forth inside me and I regretted having to get going as I had things I had to do. I could have stayed watching for hours. 

Sometimes the smallest of things will create the biggest moments of happiness.



"The very best gift... is that anyone can experience those unexpected twinkles of joy that make a magical moment. At these moments, you feel true, deep joy because of a great new insight, a beautiful prospect, or a glimpse into the radiance of another soul. They are the magic moments when life seems better than you ever realized." Richard M. Eyre.
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Monday, 16 May 2022

What's on my bookshelf - May

The links in the titles are not affilate links, I'm just making it easy for anyone who wants to buy a copy. Shop local where you can, because for the little bookseller it is a matter of use it or lose it. I've really enjoyed my reads this month - a number were not my usual kind of thing but I was very pleased to have read them.

 The Light Between Oceans - M. L. Steadman I looked at the cover of this when it was given to us at bookclub and thought "This is going to be the worst!" But I was delighted I was wrong. It's a very interesting book, where people do wrong things but you understand why. Or you can reserve your judgment. It's complex in how it presents people and their actions. It is not my usual thing at all but I really enjoyed it. My bookclub found it overly sentimental but I didn't. I've not seen the movie though, and most were reading it for the second time.


A Passage to India - E.M. Forster This was a book club pick and I initially thought 'snoozefest' when it was chosen but I really enjoyed it. It's not as harsh as Seige of Khrisnapur in judgment but it is the start of the fall of Empire books. When the event happens I was very engaged and it got me thinking about a lot of things, my own bias in particular which I will do a separate post on). I was surprised most of bookclub didn't really get into it. 






The Mother - Jane Caro This was my pick for pleasure as I'd heard some good feedback and she's campaigning in our electorate so I see her photo everywhere and it brainwashed me, apparently. It's what I would call a junky beach read (but that's not an insult, just that it's easy, quick and engrossing). I enjoyed it and finished it in 2 days, whisch is also a compliment.








The Loved One - Evelyn Waugh This was next month's book club pick. I enjoyed it though most of the people had read it and weren't looking forward to revisiting it as they didn't think much of it the first time. I found it funny in that kooky sense and not what I was expecting. Quite frivolous. 


Missed Her - Ivan Coyote This was another for pleasure pick. Ivan is a magnificent storyteller of very short stories. As a writer there's a lot you can learn, and as a reader, there's a lot of emotion tapped into in a very clever way. They are funny, sad, and interesting - windows into life expereince. Almost finished it, really enjoying it.













That wraps up my month in review - what's on your bookshelf?

Thursday, 12 May 2022

What I learnt from Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Well, not a lot to be honest. But it did raise some questions.

No spoilers here (or in the comments please).

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What I learnt? Well, that the COVID lockdowns have really changed a lot in us. When Patrick Stewart appeared, instead of thinking of X-men or his Godot with Sir Ian McKellan or any other aspects of his huge acting history, what popped into my mind was his Sonnet a Day in lockdown and the lovely comfort it gave me. It meant so much having something enjoyable to look forward to each day in that first lockdown where it was all so endless and weird. I learnt that Patrick Stewart, in particular that soothing voice of his, is a bigger superhero than Professor X ever was.

As for the questions?

There is a line in the film "Just because someone stumbles and loses their way, doesn’t mean they’re lost forever". 

It got me thinking. Where do we go with this - if trust is a problem, or someone is battling addiction or some behaviour that is not a one off?  Ideally, I'm 100% yes, what a lovely sentiment (which was why I wrote it down) but as the film wore on, I kept thinking 'but what about if they'd...'. So I'm curious what other people think of this? Yes in an ideal world, and yes we should try to forgive and assume the best BUT...does that happen? (Interestingly, in Made for Love, one of the characters says ''There's no such thing as starting over. It's a fantasy. But there's moving forward." Are they expressing the same sentiment, just from different view points?

We went for Mother's Day in Lux and the middle child who hasn't been to a movie with us in over a year came and I was so happy. So when my husband complained about the film choice, I pointed out that our son came and so it was a great film! I learnt that the company and others' pleasure is sometimes half the pleasure of the experience. That and you can now get a Negroni at Lux so that helps. 

The thing with Marvel, I have so much affection for Stan Lee and the concepts, that I'm committed regardless.

Lastly, I would watch movies set in half those Multiverse, including the paint one, which would make for an awesome art installation where you sit in a room and it's projected on all the walls around you. Just throwing tha idea out there for someone...preferably make it happen in Sydney so I can go. 


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Wednesday, 11 May 2022

A little party never killed nobody - The Everleigh




 I went to the opening of The Everleigh, the new events space for The Grounds, because I'd seen some sneak pics and it looked perfect for a Gatsby party.










 And it did not disappoint.

















Just walking in the room made me realise how wonderful a party here would would be.







Alas, it may never happen but it did give me all sorts of wonderful things to think about.



















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Sunday, 8 May 2022

Echidna

 

You will all be sick of my zoo stay photos soon, but I really had such a delightful time. We'd been checked in about 15 mins when we went on the little guided tour in the sanctuary and I adored every minute of it!



They were strutting around where we were standing, and the curious ones would come right up to you. The one on the left was lying over young (eggs?) to keep them warm. 


Echidnas are such fascinating creatures. 

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Friday, 6 May 2022

Cheers!

 I'm not such a fan of street photography because of the intrusion, but this was too joyful not to snap. It really made me smile and put a spring in my step. 

I have scribbled on their faces a little for privacy....

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Thursday, 5 May 2022

“Rejoice in small things and they will continue to grow.” – Slaven Vuji



Still planting without purpose and this weird weather seems to make the flowers think it's spring time...













The roses are blooming on the dog walk and smell divine.










Sunrises are getting some colour back - or at least I'm waking up in time for them....


















I'm happy to be getting my harbour walks back after all this rain...













Trying to focus on the little things as the election coverage is just depressing. I don't understand how we are determined to not focus on any of the issues, and they're are so many serious ones with huge future impacts and all we talk about is uncooked curry and other equally irrelevant personality 'stuff'.







Like the song in the Sound of Music says I need to think of my favourite things...(see what I did there, photo lyric joke...boomtish)

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