Category Archives: observations

How much hope does a person need?

Hope for the future. It can emerge from an apparent wasteland like this sweet pea shoot in my garden. I planted thirteen seeds but only two have germinated. I suspect I am responsible for the low success rate. Maybe I should have … Continue reading

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surviving

Last Monday I was on a white diet. On Tuesday that continued, and then in the afternoon my diet was restricted to just clear fluids. On Tuesday night I drank, with great distaste and difficulty, a litre of Moviprep, then waited … Continue reading

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snowdroppers in the suburbs

Yesterday’s washing used a lot of pegs. At least two pegs for each sock and three or four for each pair of underpants. We’re being attacked by snowdropping currawongs. [ More on snowdropping – see this 1930 letter to the … Continue reading

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street art and decoration

On my walking (or running when I’m healthy) commuter route to work there have been a few recent additions to the streetscape. The two sculptures above have been installed by North Sydney Council. Each interesting in its own way. “What … Continue reading

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mothering

Christ Church St Laurence has been connected with my family for a long time. It was reported that my eccentric great Aunt Bee regularly slept on the church grounds, with the apparent blessing of the rector. My daughter, daiskmeliadorn, attends … Continue reading

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Shriven

It’s that time of the year again. chocolate-banana vegan pancake, Shrove Tuesday 2017 I like the idea of Lent, of spending a period focusing on something different from your ‘normal’ life in the hope that you emerge somehow as a … Continue reading

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Critical measurements

I’m the sort of person who likes to quantify, measure and record the data for future reference. Perhaps I’m a little obsessive. Here are two graphs of aspects of my health which show trends in opposite directions, but which are … Continue reading

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