365 Unusual Things: 190-196

190. Saw an amazing bike sculpture in someone’s front yard. Passers-by are allowed to pedal the bike and make the wheels above turn. I didn’t, because I was alone and the owners weren’t around. 191. On a woman’s tracksuit jumper were the words Eat Sleep OTF Repeat. I sat by the pond imagining what OTFContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 190-196”

Black and white old graves

In the album my father brought home from the Middle East in 1942 there are several photos of graves and cemeteries. The one I’m posting here is quite moving. It seems to be an impromptu grave made for a pilot in the north African desert where Australians were serving. I’m comparing it with a photoContinue reading “Black and white old graves”

365 Unusual Things: 176 – 182

176. In an electronically controlled public toilet, I pressed the door button to close it and a (male) voice said ‘The door is now locked. You have ten minutes.’ Then music played: What the World Needs Now is Love Sweet Love. 177. Practised street photography when hardly anyone was around in the ten-degree twilight, andContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 176 – 182”

365 Unusual Things: 169 – 175

169. I was the oldest woman at a women’s conference today. Sat in a section of seating alone, surrounded by empty chairs. This was unusual. 170. At a morning tea, there was a promise of brownies, but they had been cut into one-inch cubes to make them go further. 171. A South American woman askedContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 169 – 175”

Black and white trams

A couple of years ago a tramway (or light rail) was built in Canberra for the first time. I recently took some photos of the tram as it waited for a young woman with a big dog to board, and then compared my photos with one from my father’s war album, showing some soldiers standingContinue reading “Black and white trams”

365 Unusual Things: 162-168

162. Saw an electronic sign directing drivers to a Covid testing site, saying ‘RAT distribution only’. 163. Heard on the news that hundreds of nightclubs are closing, not just as a result of lockdowns, but because young people are drinking less these days, and when they do drink they prefer to do it during theContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 162-168”

365 Unusual Things: 155-161

155. A flock of silvereyes landed in my bare maple tree. 156. On a highway, I saw a sign to an artisanal chocolate shop down a country road. Drove for 12 kilometres before I found it. The chocolates were $2.50 each. I bought 4. 157. Walking through an empty park of gum trees I foundContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 155-161”

Black and white small boats

In 2014 on a visit back to Brisbane I saw a little boat moored near mangroves, with nothing on it but an old un-upholstered deck chair. I imagined the skipper sitting in comfort and drifting over the bay as he fished. A humble man who liked simple pleasures. I took a colour photo, but todayContinue reading “Black and white small boats”

365 Unusual Things: 148-154

148. My son’s friend came today with a mandolin and played Edelweiss while we all sang. This is the first time I’ve seen a mandolin being played. 149. My local pond has so many cut reeds spread over the surface that they have formed a roadblock for the coots. 150.  This morning I listened toContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 148-154”

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”