365 Unusual Things: 36-42

36. Saw hundreds of anti-vax, anti-government protesters in cars, trucks, vans and on foot heading towards the city centre and Parliament House, hooting, beeping, calling out and playing music over loudspeakers, disrupting traffic flow, making people late. 37. Visited a lake that has an algae problem like my local pond. Several floating wetlands have beenContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 36-42”

365 Unusual Things: 22-28

22. In my garden there are hundreds of newly hatched harlequin bugs. Never seen them before so I thought they were tiny red lady bugs. Turns out they’re destructive sap-suckers. 23. Walked down an unfamiliar lane of garages and saw one set up as a bar, with bar stools and bar decorations and two friendlyContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 22-28”

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. BikinisContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 15-21”

365 Unusual Things: 8-14

8. Went to check out Canberra’s water supplies in the Cotter Dam and Corin Dam with Gibraltar Falls in between. They’re all connected. What’s unusual? We’ve never seen so much water in them. The trees look like they’re growing out of the water. And at Gibraltar Falls, people (just visible in the photo) dared toContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 8-14”

365 Unusual Things:1-7

Every day this week I’ve been taking notes about things that made me look or listen, not quite believing what I was seeing or hearing. I’m pretty sure I’ll observe uncommon things 365 times this year. Here’s one thing from each day of this past week: 1. A neighbour has a back to front MerryContinue reading “365 Unusual Things:1-7”

365 Unusual Things: Intro

It’s midnight, 31st December 2021. Some are drinking to forget another year of a worldwide health crisis, while I’m writing to remember, not the pandemic, but lots of unusual things that happen around me every day. Normally I let them pass over my head, barely observed. But in 2022 I’m going to write them down,Continue reading “365 Unusual Things: Intro”

Six Unusual Things Before Christmas: Six

It’s a bit sad that this post is about something unusual that used to be usual. This is the first year in my life that I’ve received only one Christmas card in the post. Here it is. Arrived today, Christmas Eve.  I used to receive so many that I could string them up across theContinue reading “Six Unusual Things Before Christmas: Six”

Six Unusual Things Before Christmas: Five

As I strolled on the sand, a strange brownish bird flew past me and landed at the edge of a flock of seagulls resting on the beach. Instantly they all stood up and turned their backs to it, then moved away. The outcast walked up the sand to be alone. I couldn’t get closer withoutContinue reading “Six Unusual Things Before Christmas: Five”