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”

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”

365 Unusual Things: 134-140

134. Voted early in our federal election today at a voting place indicated by a sign: ‘Pre-pole voting’. 135. Forty years ago, just before I got married, I tore up photos of a former boyfriend. Today my husband was looking at some old negatives and found the photos I thought I’d destroyed for ever. 136.Continue reading “365 Unusual Things: 134-140”

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: 120-126

120. Walked on a path damaged by tree roots and graffitied by frustrated cyclists wishing it was as smooth as the main road on the other side of the trees. 121. My red anthurium terrarium is turning moss-green, but only half. The other half is grey. 122. Found a sneaky one-hour parking spot outside aContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 120-126”

365 Unusual Things: 113-119

113. Sitting writing this blog when a bride in a long white gown, holding its train bunched up in her arms, walks past my window with her groom. 114. Forced to stay home for 7 days because of Covid. To fill my days  I took back a jigsaw Christmas present I’d given my son. 115.Continue reading “365 Unusual Things: 113-119”

365 Unusual Things: 106-112

106. Made an Osterlamm, an Easter lamb cake. In Europe it’s not unusual, but no one in my circle of Australian friends and family has ever heard of it. 107. My week-old grandson (my only grandchild so that’s unusual on its own) was crying until my son started playing piano, quite loudly, and the babyContinue reading “365 Unusual Things: 106-112”

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”