Friday, August 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

So far 2014 hasn't been the best year for me - it hasn't been the worst but it is probably best described as the year of extremes. Actually, I take that back. It has been pretty shit. 

So I decided that 1 August was to be the start of my new year. And then I promptly forgot all about it until the most thoughtful person I know in the entire world sent me a text saying 'New Years Eve...!'

New years eve was pretty low key but just the way I like it and involved a lovely dinner at the yellow house with an old friend. Good company, good food and good wine. Then a virtual catch up interrupted by the most beautiful baby in the middle east - lots of listening and shared stories and laughs and plans and a terrible Britney Spears song.  

Another uneasy sleep has meant that I woke up feeling hung over - but I guess that fits in with the new years thing? But a cup of tea in front of the heater and a slow start to the work day, makes things a little better in this world. And what else makes things better? To think, when all is said and done, while 2014 was pretty crap, one thing is for sure... It's the people who love you and care about you through all the bad that make life good. I have a lot of those and for that I'm a lucky gal. 

I'm not sure what this new new year will bring, but I hope some day soon it brings the good stuff that came with 2014. Like the menagerie of animals both mythical and real, the music, the laughs and speckled hearts. I hope there is lots of drawing, tea drinking, dog walking (some nordic walking too), sweet spring flowers and fun. 

Happy New Year. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Early mornings

This last week I've been waking up just before dawn, even when I should be sleeping. There is a silence that isn't silence - the hum of cars really is just background noise and gains frequency as the clock ticks on. Eventually the birds wake up, and while it is still dark I try so hard not to think a million thoughts but today (especially) I have failed.

A song is playing over and over in my head and I can hear it just like it's real. It's a beautiful song but I wish it would go away. 

And between now and writing these words the sky has moved from dark grey to a hint of light and blue, so I'm safe to get out of bed and play some music to block out the soundtrack playing over and over in my mind. Or maybe I should just say fuck it. Maybe I should embrace the song and the thoughts and the happiness and the sadness, because as coincidence would have it I stumbled across some fine words by Maya Angelou. They kinda make for good dialogue to go with the soundtrack and my thoughts but also remind me that there is a beauty to words and storytelling about everyday life. That these words about life, that we can all understand, are just important as words about war and events hard to imagine. I'm struggling to explain what I mean and I wasn't going to copy the words here, because god knows that this blog reads enough (at times) like a 14 year old diary - but they are too beautiful not to share in part and maybe you need some words to warm your heart today too.  

"You see, love liberates. It doesn’t bind. Love says I love you, I love you if you’re in China, I love you if you’re across town, I love you if you’re in Harlem. I love you. I would like to be near you, I’d like to have your arms around me, I’d like to hear your voice in my ear. But that’s not possible now. So, I love you. Go.” Maya Angelou

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Serendipity in Belcompton. The brod, the beagle and on ordering, they are playing one of my favourite Stooges songs. Now I Wanna Be Your Dog. See? Amazing.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Spotted and hearted at the NGA

The best dressed dame at Omar Musa's book launch at the National Gallery of Australia.The hat was purple plaid which match perfectly with the knitted jumper. Just lovely.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Timing is everything

This arrived in the mail today. Quite exceptional timing. It's nice to know that this would remind someone of me - even if it is my mum....

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Monkey business

Spotted and hearted in Belcompton.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday night sounds

On a million playlists - just not on this one.

Play it loud. Les Savy Fav - Let's Get Out Of Here.