A little …

… spoiling.

My nails have grown whilst I’ve been on holidays so … had them done. Haven’t done it in years, fingers crossed they don’t react as badly as they did years ago, cause I like them.

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Reading …

… update … it has not been how I have spent my days, started that beautiful book but the aching beauty has proved too much to keep going, it was too close to home in so many ways, will dip in and out as I can to keep myself calm.

I have listened to a book and started another, it is not the same but it is books and at the moment that is what I can manage, so being kind to myself about the not real reading judgement.

The Ocean at the end of the lane read by the author Neil Gaiman, was enthralling, it made me think and wonder … ponder what was real and what was imagined.

Blink read by the author Malcom Gladwell, am moving my way through and finding it really interesting, the thinking behind the concept of the snap judgement … will see what I think at the end of this reading.

Am listening to previews … searching for a novel to be read to me next.

Have picked up Dark Emu, but might go back to the Young Dark Emu … it has pictures.

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The Rain room was …

… wet.
It was a smokey evening, warm and filled with excitement. Seven kids in tow, who were so excited and did not really understand slow and meditative. We walked slowly droplets got us, but then a child whizzed by with glee and down the rain came.

It was pure joy and I didn’t mind getting wet at all.

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Looking about …

… always looking around, about, up and down.

Spied this in Newport or Williamstown or somewhere on the border of the two, The Beehive from 1889.

Loved the faded signs reminding me of things seen before, a long time ago.

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Reading is …

… or rather was a reliable escape into a world of someone else’s imagination or life.

When did I stop reading?

Why did I stop reading?

How do I start reading again?

I have plans … I’ll read all day Boxing Day … I did not. I’ll read the next day … I did not.

I have picked up a book and started it, little bits of time give to it, but there are days I can spend reading, just reading … why aren’t I?

I’m even doing the dishes, putting away shoes … I will be still and read.

My book of choice is achingly beautiful already.

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Looking about …

… and noticing things.
Things like a little budgie feather just lying about on the table at a friends place, sitting on the deck and noticing a little blue and white feather.

Reminding me of a budgie we had when we were kids, Mickey who lasted for years and years. I wonder if I should get a budgie, i quite like them … but then birds and their mess and dust and mites and my lungs … perhaps i am just content with the feather noticed.

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Holidays are …

… here!

The last term flew, the last few weeks whizzed, the last days screamed.

And now we move into my favourite time of year.

These days I love Christmas.

A time all about family and life.

Then we have that magical time between Christmas and New Year.

This holidays is about reading and writing, nurturing of me.

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The clouds …

… give me joy … just by looking up I get joy.

Looking up is all it takes when my mind is clear, the clouds make me smile and fill my heart and head with joy.

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The decision to …

… get help with decluttering was a lot more simple than I thought it would be.

A regular conversation with my psychologist was around the state of my house, the time poor nature of my life, my lack of places and spaces for things and my overall feeling of being overwhelmed by it all. Often not knowing where to start after I made a list.

Why don’t you get help with it? she asked.

Well now there is a thought, I have never thought to do that.

So I did some research, had a couple of conversations and made a choice of a helpful expensive declutterer.

She came in the holidays, on three different days, a few hours one day, more hours another day and many more hours the third day.

Her idea was to start with a storage space, a cupboard, work out how it was being used, then go through what was in there and go from there. The place she chose to start I said no, I know what is in my glorious American Cherry buffet, I was not ready to think about what to let go from there yet.

We started in an easier place, the cupboard in the bedroom that had only been there about 18 months, was not full but had stuff, things and no order but for the four jewellery drawers, they were all full of order.

We cleared things, sorted things, moved things and made spaces for things. I now have a candle cupboard, one space for all the things waiting to fill my house with smells and light. Now there was an idea I had not thought of. No judgement from you reader thank you, it takes someone to point things out to you. Things like – did you know that the floor is not a storage space? That one is still amusing me and I am repeating it often.


The things we went through still amaze me, there is this lightness about me and about walking into my house now.

Started not finished, more posts to come.

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Singing …

… my job has always meant a certain amount of performance, in front of a class of children, a group of teachers or parents. In the classroom I used to sing, do silly voices and do all sorts of things to hook the kids.

Somehow in the for a fair few years, anything like that, the idea of it horrified me, I was worried I would embarrass myself – I have identified that recently. So what the hell, take a breath and dive right in – the advice I give others but rarely take myself.

So I booked in to spend a Sunday with Clare Bowditch singing. We learnt four songs, we sang on and off for hours. Then we performed in front of family and friends. I loved it, the freedom, the actual singing, the sound of voices … 100 voices.

I will sing more.

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Start of the day, all fresh and ready to go.

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The nuns watching us sing in The Linen room.

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Looking out of the window, I didn’t know there were horses at the Convent.

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Shapes, always look up.

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In the courtyard imagining what this must have been like as a convent.

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Sun setting and the light playing on the buildings.

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Life in trees, end of the day and exhausted.

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