The Blue Blueness

Went for a long rambling walk this morning, with the blue skies arching above, and the weather unsure of whether it wanted to be cold or warm. I’ve been on progressively longer walks lately, revelling in the fresh air and sunshine.
Took a photo of a flower, because it was smiling at me.

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It wasn’t quite the crisp clear image I was aiming for. The sun was on the screen, so I couldn’t quite see what was there – I just pointed and clicked. Also, the people who lived in the house had just come back from somewhere and seemed unsure as to why I was crouched by their fence… I smiled, waved, and then moved on. They seemed OK with that.
On the route I took today there is a big old Queensland nut tree, so I spent some time foraging on the footpath. Here’s my harvest.

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The nuts themselves seem larger than the other trees I’ve tried – not sure if that’s to do with the age of the tree?

I enjoy walking. It’s invigorating, and always interesting. The only problem is that it can take time out of a day that may not have much left over. I never regret going. It’s easier to sit on the patio and drink coffee, but not as rewarding. Doesn’t it feel sometimes like there’s always something left to do? Even when deadlines are met, there’s still a lingering feeling of…something. In reality, of course, there always is something unfinished, or waiting to be taken care of. It’s important to take time out and still your soul. That can be with coffee on the patio, or with a long walk.

Balance…

Today the sun shone like it was summer, and the skies soared into the bluest of blues. The sort of day where you breathe in inspiration, and remember how beautiful life is…

Sing!
😀

 

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Published in: on June 23, 2018 at 2:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Going Back To Move Forward

Off to town yesterday, just for the morning. Wandered about, had some coffee, looked in the shops, ended up in the library. I used to do that regularly, but recent years have found me more house bound. It was fun to go back to it for a morning, in this week where I take a breather and think about what’s next.
I picked up a feather somewhere on my way, and later was drawn to an autumn leaf.

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Went to my favourite cafe, which has just expanded its dining area. Here’s my hummingbird cake (the coffee came a bit later).

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Replete…

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This is the chair next to me – it was un-sit-on-able, as it had a plant on it.

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Had a nice long walk today, and a swing in the playground. Saw this beautiful rose in a neighbour’s garden 😀

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A couple more days off, then it’s back to the real world…

Published in: on June 14, 2018 at 11:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Second Guessing

I’ve been meaning to write this post for the better part of the week, but kept getting distracted. Just as well, as it turns out…
It’s meant to be a celebration of finishing my course, or at least as much as I was able to. I was unable to get the supervised hours that I needed to get the qualification, so I’m not actually graduating. My goal was to get all the subjects and paperwork done, and leave with as much on my transcript as possible. Tuesday I finished the final (as I thought) piece of the puzzle, and (low key) celebrated that night.
Turns out there were a few forgotten bits of paper that had to be finished and sent back today, which I raced through this afternoon. Hopefully that’s all, folks!
How did I celebrate, you ask?
I “got” myself some flowers…

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Sunflowers – so cheerful!

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…and roses, because they’re beautiful.

Just to be clear, I didn’t actually buy them. I just took photos in the shop. That way I can enjoy them, and they won’t die.

I also indulged in some ice-cream.IMG_2685

Unicorn flavour!
(Actually, toffee, apparently)
These aren’t the healthiest snack on the planet, but I’d seen them around, felt like a bit of colour, and decided to try them. And now, I don’t need to try them again…
Here’s the inside.

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Sweet, and fluffy.

What else did I do? Absolutely nothing! …except what I wanted to do – no deadlines!
And now – what for the future? Don’t know yet. Should be spectacular 😀

Published in: on June 10, 2018 at 9:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Minutiae Loom Large Today

“The small, precise or trivial details of something”

I’m slowly meandering to the end of studying – it’s just making sure to cross ts/dot is now. Consequently, today has finished with a slowing down and appreciation of the trivial things; the fleeting things…

I went on my walk midafternoon today, rather than the morning walks I generally take. The light is quite different… it seemed less harsh, somehow. I gathered a harvest of macadamia nuts – a whole pocket full!

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I grew up calling them “Queensland nuts”, because… that’s what they are.

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Sitting on the patio, I could bask in the afternoon sun – lighting up the world and making it golden.

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…contemplating my feet.
My short, stubby feet, which are still strong and carry me where I need to go.

What else have I enjoyed today?
Watching a tiny boy running joyfully with a huge pink balloon in each hand.
Various insects busily going about their very important business, small but purposeful.
Sending off an email that brings me closer to finishing important things.
My winter clothes drying in the sun, ready to keep me cosy in the coming cold.

There are many moments in a day.
Hope you see the minutiae, and feel quietly uplifted ❤

Published in: on June 2, 2018 at 6:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Looking At The Sun

Not directly, of course. That would not end well.
It’s that winter sun time of year, where the skies are often bright and blue, but the air is tending to crisp and invigorating. I love to walk in the mornings and drink in the brightness, enjoying the flowers along the way. In some ways it’s like the Earth slows down, slipping into hibernation. We don’t get as cold here as other countries, but life can still be calmer…

My rosemary has been flowering…
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…and other flowers are smiling.
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Flowers within flowers! 😀

For some reason tiny white flowers, whatever they are, tend to glow in my photos.
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The little things, the ones that don’t shout but are quietly beautiful, are worth searching for.

And my favourite at the moment!

Published in: on May 30, 2018 at 3:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Get Thee To A Library!

We love our local library! 😀 Books are always enjoyed at our house, and libraries in this country are still free to use. Having your very own library card, and being able to stock up on the latest of whatever genre you wish are joys that I would hate to do without.
It seems to me, though, that libraries are steadily whittling down their stock, and taking up less space. This is not a good thing. I don’t believe e-books could ever completely take the place of paper and ink… there’s something about the solidness of a book in your hands that is not the same as a computer screen. I find it harder to retain information if my only source is on screen. I’m not the only one – studies have suggested that we don’t learn in the same way with e-books, and they may change the way we process data long term.
Nevertheless – patronising your local library is a good habit to get into. They even have e-books, as well as other resources!

Libraries in many places are more than just books (although that will always be my primary reason for going there…). There are community classes and events, and many methods to research and study. You can often find a cafe, either in the library or adjacent, and it’s a good place to meet up with friends.
Places such as Finland are serious about their libraries. They include services such as adult education and youth services, and lend items such as power tools and sports equipment, among other things. One library has a doorway leading into a supermarket, making it part of the community space.
Books will always be relevant. Other services are good for the community, but I still see them as extras…

On another bookish tangent, Iceland has a tradition called “Jolabokaflod”, or “Yule Book Flood”, where books are given on Christmas Eve, and the rest of the day/evening is spent reading them.
That’s my kind of holiday! ❤

 

Published in: on May 20, 2018 at 4:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Thankful

It’s Mothers’ Day again, and I am so thankful for my sweet, loving, funny boys ❤ I am so blessed to have them in my life!
It’s not about presents, but they’re a way of showing love – morning started with excited sweet ones outside the door, waiting to give me something special. I never know what I’ll get, and it doesn’t matter too much – I love that they think about me and what I might like. That’s my best gift of the day… There was giggling over pancakes for breakfast, cooked by Hubby ❤ , who also made a steak lunch for us all. Nutritious and yummy 😀

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Here’s what I got today – what was given to me, and what I got for myself… ginger and turkish delight from my boys, and flowers, tim tam and coffee sachet from church. I treated myself to a creme brulee chiller, some nice pink dishes and a unicorn wheat bag. All Mums at church today got a bookmark made by ladies from India for Empart, which I forgot to photograph with the rest. Here’s the front –

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And the back –

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Close-ups of my flowers 😀

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Beautiful.

Now, just about time for bed…

Published in: on May 13, 2018 at 11:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Chill Out

So, finally we have a new fridge.
It’s beautiful!
The old one never worked properly, so stocking it fully could be a bit risky. Thankfully we were able to finally get a brand new fridge at a good price, with the option of repair or replacement for a number of years.
Here it is!

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I have yet to plaster it with magnets…

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Look at how bright the lights are! It’s like something from the Enterprise.
Our food is now safe 🙂

Here is a haiku to celebrate our joy –

Light, in doorway framed
Fruit and veg is safe at last.
You are truly cool.

Published in: on May 5, 2018 at 5:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Roses & Dancing

Still spending a fair proportion of my day in bed, coughing… it’s over three weeks now 😦 No doctors’ appointments available till late next week.
There comes a time (and I can’t believe I’m saying this…) when reading starts to get a little same-y. Hopefully that won’t last long… but in the meantime, here’s some roses!

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I’ve also been whiling away some time on YouTube, with songs old and new.
In my dreams, I’m an amazing dancer. Strong, agile – flowing gowns and graceful poses. This has never been my reality.
Nevertheless, I can enjoy seeing other people dancing, even if my bones ache just watching…

This is probably more my style…

Definitely better footwear!

Keep on dancing ❤
Even if it's only in your dreams…

Published in: on April 27, 2018 at 4:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Drifting, Ready To Land

Lovely and sunny today, after grey skies and rain yesterday. I enjoy both, and have been taking it easy lately with some sort of virus – thankfully not too bad, but lots of coughing leading to muscle pain in places I’d forgotten I had… More chances to chill out on the patio with coffee/tea in my new cup.

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I’ve not been getting much work done, but have been sorting out some loose ends. There are decisions to be made, which will be hard to make but hopefully lead to peace. Nothing too drastic – just one of those necessary changes life brings.
I’ve been reading a lot. A couple of my recent books come from a series I enjoy – the Sisterchick books – about women around middlish age, faced with various decisions and changes, travelling together and learning about themselves and others. It’s a Christian series, but not “preachy” – I’ve tried a few Christian books in other genres (mysteries etc), and have not really enjoyed them. They often seem to be mediocre stories with a bit of “God” attached. The mysteries are often too mixed with romance, and I don’t like “Christian” romance books at all… The Sisterchick books are gentle but funny and thoughtful.

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My favourite is the one set in Venice – it spoke to me as I am right now, and provided encouragement.
Life changes with each new season – sun or rain.
There’s always good – and always hope.
Live.
It’s worth it!

Published in: on April 21, 2018 at 3:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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