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: 71-77

71. A barista in a cafĂ© 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”

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: 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: 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”

Six Unusual Things Before Christmas: Four

A horde of seagulls followed a woman who I thought was a man as she dug through wheelie bins, pulling out recyclable bottles and throwing them into a shopping trolley. Occasionally she found a bit of food to throw to the birds that followed her from bin to bin through the park. ***

Six Unusual Things Before Christmas: One

Closely observing what goes on around me, I’ve picked up on things that make me look twice, think twice. Here’s a good place to write them down and read them again when I’m feeling like life is unchanging and unamazing. Every day I hear or see something unusual, something to remind me that I don’tContinue reading “Six Unusual Things Before Christmas: One”