Busselton – a seaside adventure

Back from beautiful Busselton after an unplanned and unexpected holiday in the South West of Western Australia. Walking, swimming, sight-seeing and catching up with friends for a week has been invigorating.

A typical day began with swim or a walk to the end of the Busselton jetty, which is almost two kilometres long. The sailing ship Leeuwin II was berthed alongside most mornings. Continue reading “Busselton – a seaside adventure”

The Golden Age by Joan London – a review

Cover of The Golden Age
Cover of The Golden Age

The Golden Age, Joan London’s third novel, is a gem. Like her two previous, highly acclaimed novels Gilgamesh (2001) and The Good Parents (2009), The Golden Age kept me riveted to the page from start to finish.

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Australian Women Writers Challenge 2015

Badge for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2015
Badge for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2015

The Australian Women Writers Challenge 2015 is open.

I’m excited to be part of the challenge. Last year was the first time I’d committed myself to it and I was very tentative. There was no guarantee that I’d be able to complete the task because I was  new to blogging. I mistakenly believed that the challenge expected participants to blog, as well as read and review a set number of books. This is not so. You can read about it here.

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A Cloudstreet river Christmas

Cloudstreet river – what a backdrop for Christmas lunch!

‘Will you look at us by the river! The whole restless mob of us on spread blankets in the dreamy briny sunshine skylarking and chiacking about for one day, one clear, clean, sweet day in a good world in the midst of our living. Yachts run before an unfelt guest, with bagnecked pelicans riding above them, the city their twitching backdrop, all blocks and points of mirror light down to the water’s edge.’

Tim Winton Cloudstreet

Once upon a time my children and their families came to my house every year for Christmas lunch. Sometimes there have been as many as thirty or more of us, including my grandchildren. It worked well. In the last few years, though, we’ve begun to rotate to different homes for the celebration. Continue reading “A Cloudstreet river Christmas”

The mystery of Christmas

Tragic events over the past couple of weeks have saddened and bewildered all Australians. For a variety of other reasons, this Christmas season will be a painful or difficult time for many people.

Perhaps the first Christmas was not all that different. Below is another version of the old familiar Christmas story.

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Boost creative energy – try a workshop

Colour can boost creative energy. Rug made by Balinese woman.
Colour can boost creative energy.
Rug made by Balinese woman.

Workshops can boost creativity energy. I’ve been to a couple this year, learned a great deal and had fun. In fact, workshops could fast take their place among my favourite outings. Continue reading “Boost creative energy – try a workshop”

Australian Women Writers Challenge – Summary

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2014
Australian Women Writers Challenge 2014

This has been the first year I have participated in the Australian Women Writers  Challenge. What a good experience it has been! I had an incentive to review books by Australian women authors. Books could be in any genre and from any period. Continue reading “Australian Women Writers Challenge – Summary”

The Christmas pudding-making event

Christmas Pudding, 2014
Christmas Pudding, 2014

Our family has a long-standing tradition of Christmas pudding making.

It is a precious event in my calendar. I should have known that to write a blog about it would be difficult. There are so many memories, so much to say, that I’m afraid I won’t do justice to the custom. But our Christmas pudding deserves to be celebrated in writing.

There’s great mystique about this family tradition that stretches back as far in my maternal family as this old woman can remember.  My mother made a Christmas pudding every year that I can remember. And her mother before her. I am the privileged living link (through Christmas puddings) between six generations of women and girls. Boys are welcome, too!

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Post holiday blues

The pool near our bungalow in Ubud
The pool near our bungalow in Ubud

For the first time that I can remember, I’ve suffered from post holiday blues.

As a full-time worker (and later a PhD candidate) I never experienced such lethargy. The end of holidays always meant I was refreshed, ready to get on with the next  thing. Even short breaks were energising. Often, my holiday notebook would bulge with events that I looked forward to. Plans for new ventures bubbled. My energy levels soared.

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