365 Unusual Things: 15-21

15. Asked a French publisher a question by email (second question in two weeks) and she replied, ‘As I told you … ‘. Funny how this structure is normal in French, but abrasive in English.

16. Saw a huge woman in a bikini come out into her garden and lie on a sun lounge. Bikinis are not seen in Canberra, even now it’s summer, except at the pool.

17. What I thought was a small bird landing on my tree was actually a large swallowtail butterfly.

Orchard swallowtail butterfly

18. This morning I translated Claude Aveline’s comic reworking of the story of Jonah being thrown off a ship in a wild tempest, and an hour later a student asked me to teach her The Wreck of the Hesperus, a poem about a ship wrecked in a wild tempest.

19. A sign that a neighbour made for a garden seat outside her house – Lockdown Garden 2020 –  reminded me we can’t predict the future.

20. From a free library I picked up a tiny children’s book, 3 x 2 inches, 1/2 inch thick. It contains 3 copies of the same story, Feathers for Phoebe by Rod Clement.

21. Had dinner at a local golf club where the golfers were leaving the course, no doubt because kangaroos had moved into their space.


Published by Trish

Literary translator

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