365 Unusual Things: 141-147

141. In Australia’s federal election today, the Labor Party won for the first time in ten years. 142. Visited a Redwood forest I’ve ignored for 25 years. It was planted in 1918 by Walter Burley Griffin, the American designer of Canberra, but we receive little rain here, about 620 millilitres a year, compared with theContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 141-147”

365 Unusual Things: 127-133

127. Saw two black moorhens and two white seagulls standing together on the stone wall beside the pond. 128. To get a flu vaccination I had to answer 18 yes/no questions, one of which was ‘Do you not have a functioning spleen?’ Both yes and no give the same answer. 129. On a chemist counterContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 127-133”

365 Unusual Things: 99-105

99. At Lake Burley Griffin today I saw 2 unusual things: this man and his children rowing a wooden boat, and the Beijing Garden across the water. I’d be the only person in this city who hasn’t ever been to it. 100. Today is the 100th day of this year. 101. Asked my Chinese studentContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 99-105”

365 Unusual Things: 92-98

92. Today is the last day of daylight saving. Until October. 93. I was taking this photo of some learner boats on the lake today when an old sailing instructor asked me if I’d like to learn to sail. Ah, no, I said. 94. Gave a student of migrant English an oral spelling test today.Continue reading “365 Unusual Things: 92-98”

365 Unusual Things: 78-84

78. This Indian bike was parked beside a snake warning sign outside a café where I had lunch today. 79. Saw Crushed Snow White in the hardware store and felt a twinge of sadness. 80. Saw a police car today with the registration plate NO RUSH. 81. Stepped onto a small beach used as aContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 78-84”

365 Unusual Things: 71-77

71. A barista in a café decorated each of my family’s coffees with a different pattern on its froth, a Pegasus, a seahorse, and a swan. 72. I went out into my front yard tonight and discovered a small, brightly lit, Persian grocery store has opened directly opposite my house and I didn’t know it.Continue reading “365 Unusual Things: 71-77”

365 Unusual Things: 57-63

57. Saw a coastline covered in sandstone rock formations resembling skulls. 58. Saw a pink stingray that blended into the driftline. 59. Saw a small river party boat named Queen Mary, reminding me humorously that my father went to the Middle East in 1941 on the Queen Mary. 60. Parliament House in Canberra has beenContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 57-63”

Back to blogging

After a very quiet year in my writing life, I’m coming back to blogging to practise writing about life in a manner suitable for you, dear reader, to read. Almost ten years ago, at the beginning of January 2012, I began a blog and wrote: To my surprise, in my summer years, I find languageContinue reading “Back to blogging”