It’s almost exactly a month until Christmas. I have to admit it’s not a time of year I treasure. The more uppity I get about climate change, the more Christmas bothers me. All the twinkling lights and excessive decorating and manic gift buying – it all just seems wasteful to me. It’s like all the … Continue reading Christmas
Seventeen years ago a roar engulfed the singing pines - countless breaths exhaling the needle sting of smoke. They stood in shredded funeral garb flinging glowing ember flowers onto us below. They witnessed our syncopated falling and the operatic scream of twisting steel, the cymbal crash of exploding windows. We knelt prostrate before the fire … Continue reading The House at No. 3
When I feed the animals in the evening, the dog gets more excited about the cat's dinner than about his own. The cat gets fresh meat. We cut it up in pretty large quantities and then store it in little paper packages in the freezer which I defrost - one by one - a packet … Continue reading Journeys
Your questioning is deeply symptomatic of a faith that's stopped being automatic Just bow my friends. Kowtow for dividends. When you do that, I'll stop being autocratic. I can be very hard, I know it's true but I'm only doing what's good for you so just follow me & soon you will see that one … Continue reading Hubris by my side.
There was a royal seamstress named Verity who lacked the expected dexterity She stitched pants to the King and when swear words did ring, said "No zipper required, Sir." That's temerity.
#FOWC - Paradox Camping on the Nullabor - that great nothing - I draw a line from the toe of my sleeping bag to a pointer star. I sketch in some ladder rungs (aluminium looks like silver on that elusive darkness) and imagine the climb to get up there to the great beyond. The Halley's … Continue reading The Paradox
In one of the summer holidays when I was at University, my aunt and uncle got me a job at a peach orchard not far from their home and said I could stay with them. I started off down in the orchard - those long surprisingly dark aisles of burgeoning foliage. I always found them … Continue reading #FOWC Hail
This was my first ever blog post. I read it again today and thought it was worth reviving.
a spectacular Friday in early autumn. The leaves haven’t started
changing yet but the weather has softened after a very tough summer.
my parents and their dog, I wander through the walking streets, past
the shut merry-go-round and the funny metal sheep statues that buck
and run in Garema Place. We can hear the sound of the crowd ahead of
us. Somebody is tapping a microphone and making testing noises.
I expect to feel pretty at home here. My husband and I have been “doing things” about climate change for a long time. We have 7.5kw of solar panels shared the between the roofs of our house and garage. Our house is well insulated, north-facing and pretty small (by Australian standards) for a family of four. We have one fully electric car and one plug in hybrid electric. We like that a visit to a petrol station means…
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It's one of those mornings when my head has corners and there's a dagger through one of them and i never had my cup of tea because the timeline got messed up by the stewed apple for the kids' porridge being finished. So there was peeling and chopping and the fuzz of the boiling and … Continue reading One of those Mornings
Today I was going through our filing cabinet and, amongst all the paperwork, I found a story I submitted during my time at University. I was given a Credit ++ and the tutor wrote two or three blandly positive comments next to the grade. At the time, I assume I accepted this the way you … Continue reading Power & Subplots