27 July 2008

:: reflections in a corner of the apartment

I feel like such a fish out of water that I am tempted to write a parody of the Emperor Babur’s denunciation of Hindustan – something along the lines of “Canberra has no footpaths, no pedestrian crossings, no rain, no Turkish toast, no reasonably priced rental accommodation, no shopping streets, no Yulla rhubarb with ginger, no pubs etc etc”.

On the other hand, if I am going to live here, perhaps I should look for the upside, and write paeons of praise to the National Film and Sound Archive (Saturday night’s entertainment – the Big Lebowski), the little bakery I found in Civic, the big skies, houses with back yards, the cultural institutions, being able to get anywhere within 15 minutes and the way that total strangers chat to you (that is, total strangers with no appreciable signs of lunacy).

I want to write thanks to some people who made my last few weeks in Sydney so lovely: to my crew in the ‘hood, Miss J, the EcoChic and Feargal for tapas and red wine and afternoon coffee breaks and thoughtful gifts and taking care of my plants; to the lovely lovely lovely ladies ladies ladies of the TC S’n’B for champagne and cupcakes; to Mr P and Miss E for cake and wanderings.

I’m not going to talk about my new job, because I’m not sure how I feel about it just yet. I’ll spare you the details of house-hunting, because it’s gruesome and boring. At some point, normality will reassert itself. In the mean time, one thing at a time. Not thinking about the past, or the future. Just going along, collecting snapshots on the way.

:: galah

:: sulphur-crested cockatoo

:: big wide horizons and lots of sky

:: wintry trees and water

:: coffee at old parliament house

:: wintry branches in the evening

:: there’s always time for old friends


Yes all you letter swappers – including me – Tomorrow (Friday 25 July) is the deadline to post your first three letters!

flickr meme

13 July 2008

:: the pictures

:: the credits

1. Alison Lapper Pregnant, 2. Fresh berries with puff pastry and coconut whipped cream, 3. Highball, anyone?, 4. “Stormy Weather”, 5. David Wenham, 6. Gin & Tonic, 7. Japan Southern Alps Sunset, 8. Tiramisu and Creme Brulee, 9. Architect, Floyd Mueller’s Home 1951, 10. 1951, August, Nieuwvliet, father & son R, 11. paracas natural reserve – peru, 12. Mata ki te rangi – Ojos que miran al cielo

:: the questions

  1. What is your first name?
  2. What is your favorite food?
  3. What high school did you go to?
  4. What is your favorite colour?
  5. Who is your celebrity crush? 
  6. Favorite drink?
  7. Dream vacation?
  8. Favorite dessert?
  9. What do you want to be when you grow up? S
  10. What do you love most in life?
  11. One word to describe you.
  12. Your nickname.

Hello, how are you?  You may have noticed it’s been a bit quiet around here.  That’s because I have been (a) negotiating a new job; followed by (b) being frantic because I have to move to Canberra in 5 4 3 2 weeks and there’s all this stuff I have to do before that happens; combined with (c) my current workplace saying “we need you to do all this stuff before you go”; plus (d) normal life.

Anyway.  Because I don’t actually want to deal with all that stuff all the time, I took a little break and made this:

:: knot bag

Note to Mr MachenMachen, it is completely different to all my other little bags, in colour, shape and function.  These are complex issues, and it is better for you if you don’t question or try to understand. Also, I deserve a new bag because I have a new job.  So there.

The pattern comes from here.  And from now on, every time I think my life is too busy, I will think of the designer, Helen from Show Your Working, who is a poet AND a writer AND grows her own food AND has two kids AND runs her own business. Compared to that, I’m not that busy at all.

I also made celeriac soup.  My first encounter with celeriac and I am very enthusiastic.

:: celeriac and fresh herb soup with goats cheese on toast

Creamy and nutty and fresh and savoury all at once.

More knot bag pictures, because it is so very pretty.  The red and white fabric comes from Surface Art; and the grey-blue is the last left-over bit from these pants.

Partners will be sent out on Friday.  Thanks everyone.