Thursday 31 August 2023

Pink Clouds

The clouds danced an orange–pink waltz with the sunrise. ~Terri Guillemets 

While my husband was away, I slept with the curtains open, something I love to do (but he doesn't). I love going to bed with the city twinkling and wake to this - a glorious array of colours painting the sky!

What is the point of a room with a view if you do not make the most of it? Waking to the pink clouds covered the day with an instant happiness. A dusting of magic and beauty that set the tone for the day - directing my thoughts to gratitude for small pleasures and my lips to a smile. 

It is a good reminder that "
Every day, a million miracles begin at sunrise."
Eric Jerome Dickey

Wednesday 30 August 2023

“The future starts today, not tomorrow.” ― Pope John Paul II

 As toxic and time wasting as Twitter can be, I have a lovely little corner in there. In my writing group we had to say something good that happened to us this month, and one person said that they had gone on a date that might turn into something special, and then exclaimed shock due to her age.

I pointed out that those feeling never really die in us (though it would be a tragedy if they did) . She referred sadly to her scars of life, to which I countered with 'Scars are evidence of healing'.

Her simple response made me smile "Clever, lovely you!"

She had shared something very exciting (to me) with trepidation, she had revealed something problematic (or painful) for her and I had, in my cliched way, given it a positive spin, or at least diluted it a bit. It made me feel so good, both her lovely and exciting news (who doesn't love love?) and the way the conversation had ended.

Sometimes it's the simplest exchanges that can brighten your day.

When I was at the Powerhouse Museum's fabulous exhibition Atmospheric Memory, you need to say your favourite quote into this AI monitor. I went blank - because of course, so said the first quote I could think of "If you go digging up the past, you're only going to get dirty". The response was thus:

I thought it was a good reminder, that while we are made up of every experience we have had until this point, the present is still blank as long as we work on our pain and heal and grow.

“The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.”
― Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss

(I'm not sure where I read the original idea of scars as healing but this quote sums it up - I don't know who this is so I'm guessing someone else said it and it sunk in to my washing machine of thoughts.

“Some people see scars, and it is wounding they remember. To me they are proof of the fact that there is healing.” ― Linda Hogan)

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Ghost party

When I was at Dumplings with a Artist, this party in the building over the road caught my eye. I snapped a pic of the animated crowd and it was only when I looked at it on my phone that I realised it was a reflection of us.

A lot of people talk negatively about social media and how seeing other people having fun makes them feel disquieted, but I think they are forgetting that maybe whatever they're posting might be looking enviable to others too. Maybe like me, we don't see how exactly we look to the observer, when we are looking close up from inside the picture.  I was at an art lecture, but from a distance it looked like a party.

It's not the best photo but it makes me smile because I find it funny I was thinking 'How lucky to work in an office and have after work drinks' as I lined up the shot, only to discover I was envious of myself.

But I guess ultimately that's the best way to be!

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On the Beach


My youngest went to the beach with friends, so it's officially beach season - at least some days.

It appears she was not the only one chomping at the bit to start summer.

Coincidently I went from dropping her there to the STC production of On the Beach. It was quite beautiful and moving so I'm keen to read the book.

For those of you OS, that's Bondi in late winter.

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Thursday 24 August 2023

What's be on your calendar -Dumplings With an Artist

Last night the Wednesday Club headed off to Passage gallery for view an art installation, listen to a talk by the artist and then have some dumplings for dinner.

It's a small gallery in Haymarket and they hold this each month. The art work is a whole room installation. The dinner was more than just dumplings, it was a whole feast and it was interesting to sit down with strangers and make conversation (a lot about art and science, due to the nature of the talk and the art. And because from what I could tell, we were the only people that weren't artists).

The work we saw was by Michaela Gleave  and she explained a little about her life in terms of learning about science as a child and that scientists still don't know what makes up approx 80% of all matter and 20% of all energy in the Universe today and so the art work was in ratios of 80/20. There was talks of cracks in the universe and schisms in reality (one of my friends and I discovered we both still looked for them - mine in that Alice in Wonderland/Dispatches for Elsewhere vibe and hers more sci-fi oriented, into another universe or reality.) One person made a comment that the artists interest in science was like that of the 19th century's view where science was exciting and full of wonder. I really liked that point because science is exciting and we seem to think of it as boring. Science is beautiful and wonderous and discovery (even just when you learn of it for the first time) is exciting and energising.

We left the dinner bubbling with enjoyment, all a little surprised at what a successful excursion it had been. We had been given fortune cookies from another art exhibition that had been tinkered with to be sayings set to music. Mine was an easy one....

When we arrived we had looked at the work and then chatted on the balcony waiting for the talk over a drink. After the talk, we looked at the work again and it looked completely different. After hearing how it came together and the meaning of the components and the person history and thoughts shaping it, we saw it with completely new eyes. I was taken aback. I loved that. We see but don't really see a lot of the time. As a child, I had a book called "Look Again" where you would look at an art work and then look again to see tiny details you missed. It was a really great reminder that what we see is often only a fraction of what is there.

They hold the dinner once a month, with each new installation. It is well worth attending. Follow the Passage gallery here. They also advertise their Dumplings with an artist events on Insta so you can follow here.

There is another talk at the library with Michaela Gleave  - tickets here.

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Wednesday 23 August 2023

First of the Cherry Blossom

“I’ve been waiting for you all winter.” (I found this quote but it was attributed to no one, but it pretty much sums me up. 

I've been wanting to get photos of the cherry blossom which is weirdly almost in full bloom or just budding in different streets of the neighbourhood. But so far, haven't managed to get out there and take good pics.

But here are some where the tree was too high or the light was in the wrong place...but still the cherry blossom blooms.

It is almost the siren that winter is over - the buds appear as the wind up and then when the petals fall and it 'snows' pink, it's the siren in full wail. 

And so, a few days away from "Cherry Blossom' season, I leave you for another week.

“If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom.” — Audra Foveo

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Monday 21 August 2023

Share Four Somethings - August

This month has flown past and it's now less than a month until I go to Singapore. I'm so excited!

Something I'm Loving: I was really loving the World Cup. It was great to watch with friends and get to a live match. It was also great to see the support for Women's Sport (where it was not discussed as  anything other than sport) and amazing to see out lesbian players that also wasn't a point of discussion. It just was. It would be nice if the male players could do the same. And F1, look what women can do? Half the world would get behind a female driver!
This photo of Mary Fowler in flight is my favourite of the Cup.

Something I'm not loving is that I trod on my glasses while exercising - don't ask - and am wearing my old glasses because I can't deal with the cost of replacing the new ones...I can't believe I was so stupid!

Max Frost finally released his new song after teasing us with 4 bars for about a month, so I was walking around singing just 2 sentences over and over because I didn't know the rest of it but it was soooo catchy! Please note the clip has a lot of flashing at the beginning so maybe not good for people with epilepsy or eye issues.


Something I'm Learning That the bank can just decide not to let you buy something. Field day tickets went on sale and I rushed to buy them (Claptone *sigh*). I got in the queue and landed on the cheaper first release tickets. My card was declined so I assumed it was because I typed a number incorrectly. I tried again but still declined. I then got a different card (even though i knew there was plenty of money on the card I'd been using). By then the first release was gone and I had to pay for the more expensive second release but I got them, so while annoyed, was still happy. That night, I get a call from the bank about a security issue. I asked if it was about the Field day tickets. They said they couldn't tell me unless I gave them my birthdate and I said no, as they'd rung me. I then had to call the number on the back of the card, wait 48 minutes to be told the cheaper first release amount matched a fraud pattern so they'd declined it. How people were ringing the bank within 4 minutes of the tickets going on sale is beyond me. We were skimmed over $17k one time (we were overseas and just kept moving money to the card because our travel money card had been eaten by an atm and we only had that credit card so didn't realise until our return) and no one noticed we were in New York, London and Vietnam all at the same time, but but $394 set alarm bells off....go figure!

Something I'm reading I saw this stat on Forced Adoption: At the height of forced adoption in Australia (1971-72), one in 28 babies was adopted. 200 babies every week. And even if you were going to be married they took the babies ‘because you’ll have other babies’. Currently 200 babies a year are put up for adoption. So a little trip down the rabbit hole found this podcast which is very enlightening. I am slightly disgusted that the people who are meant to follow the teachings of the Bible were totally okay with ignoring the "Thou shalt not lie"
commandment (
on the most basic level of their abuse).

Please note this website has a number for support if you have been impacted by this and need support. 

There were a number of articles at the time of the inquiry, like this one, which somehow I missed at the time. I am surprised this all slipped past my radar, and I am sad it was hidden in secrecy and shame for these women for so long. these women who were taken advantage of by people in power, duped by the very people meant to help them.

Something I'm eating  I've only eaten in a restaurant once this month! I had sensational lobster dumplings and shallot pancakes at Lotus before the theatre.

 I have been drinking out though, so I'm still spending the money! Opps. (Fancy Negroni at Tina The Musical.)

Short and Sweet for #ShareForuSomethings this month. Also linking with #TheRandom #MondayMusicMovesMe #FriendshipFriday #WeekendCoffeeShare and #WWandPics 

Saturday 19 August 2023


I had to pick up one of the kids from a suburb half and hour away and while very built up with apartment blocks, there were big trees lining the road and the biggest, whitest cockatoos I've ever seen, swarming about.

I had no time and alas no camera but I did manage these two shots which needed better lighting but make me smile.

Here's to small pleasures on a busy, obligation filled weekend.


Friday 18 August 2023

What's on my bookshelf - August

I thought this was due next Friday so clearly getting all my dates mixed up. A quick sum up of what I've been reading.

I am currently reading How to build a girl. It's the book that preceded How to Be famous, which I found hilarious (and sad). I'm only 100 pages in but it's made me laugh out loud more than a few times. Easy (kinda junkie) read - great holiday book. Perfect for me right now. 

Eiger Dreams. Is a collection of essays on Mountaineering and Rock Climbing. I had this odd moment where I realised I don't actually like rock climbing as a sport, I think it's unnecessarily dangerous and yet I've read a LOT of books about it. And I do enjoy books about it. What on earth is that about? I've now read every book Krakauer has written. While this is not a must read, I did still enjoy it. (Especially for the mention of one of the Dakar drivers I used to follow, Isabelle Patissier. I didn't realise she was a famous rock climber but the description of her incident in the book sent me on a google search for footage. I really enjoyed these essays though they confirm my opinion that it is a dangerous and very unfun pastime.

We are reading A Room Made of Leaves for book club. When I started it, I didn't think I'd like it but I'm really into it now. It is a fictional Elizabeth Macarthur telling of her marriage to John Macarthur and life in the colony. She is a very likeable women stuck in the constraints of her time and history. It's an interesting way to think about that time in history. A friend did not enjoy it and I can't fathom why. I'm quite keen to see what the book club thinks. I tend to not enjoy this kind of historical period so I feel she's done a great job to woo me over (I'm 1920's on please kind of gal). 

What's have you been reading?

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Wednesday 16 August 2023

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Sam Cooke

The cherry blossom has begun to bloom but I didn't get a chance to take photos so alas my planned post has no pictures. 

(Linking with #RubyTuesdayToo for this pic)

It was a beautiuflly warm weekend so this could be seen as the anticipation of swimming season, however, it snapped back to freezing winter weather with a bite so I don't feel I can revel in the approaching summer just yet.

In January this year, they opened the 'pool' at Barangaroo at Marrinawi Cove. I've yet to swim there but maybe this Summer....

As we roll through the dying days of Winter, it almost feels like we might skip Spring this year and jump straight into Summer...

Not related but this house had a bird feeder that was really doing it's thing...and I couldn't resist.