Category Archives: observations

Romantic vision, dead

Back in autumn I had a vision, sparked by memories from my childhood. I recalled that my parents used to grow sweet peas and we’d often have a vase of sweet peas in the house during spring. I have have … Continue reading

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Going the whole distance

I saw my GP, Dr M, yesterday – for a new annual referral to my cancer doctor and a renewal of the prescription for the drug I hope will prevent a heart attack. As I was leaving, I mentioned that … Continue reading

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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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