17 January 2014

For Old Times' Sake

We are moving house this week.

Farewell crusty, old home and beautiful, generous garden.

09 January 2014

Word Crucifixion

There are some words that make it into the vernacular that I strongly object to.  Random.
a "random" find at the Daylesford Sunday market
I desperately want to stop this post right here and not risk giving any credibility to this ugly distortion of the word, but I can't.  Somewhere along the way it has morphed from an innocent adjective into a noun - for pity's sake!!
a "random" find on my computer
A few years ago now, my sister and I ventured north into the charming but dusty town of Castlemaine in central Victoria to watch my niece participate as a bridesmaid in her first bridal party.  As such we were keen to wait in the foyer of the Church, eager to see her enter and walk down the aisle ahead of her best friend.  An over-zealous friend of the bride and usher was continually asking us to enter the Church along with all the other guests, even though she knew and, we thought, understood our reasons for wanting to wait until the bridal procession had passed us by.  Photo and bragging opportunities.

She referred to us as "randoms".  Hmph!!

06 January 2014

Retire to the Quieter Life

This could be just ignorance on my part, but I believe that very little has changed in the overall design of hot air balloons since their creation by the Montpelier brothers back in the late 1800's.  Their elegant poise and shape is so appealing to the eye; the effortless way they float and silently skim across the tops of building and trees makes me want to stop and watch - usually as I am hurrying to work, unfortunately.

The manner of their movement and pace puts me in the mind of what I imagine retirement to be, although for me, many years away.  Drifting slowly to their goal, not aimlessly, but with quiet determination.  It was only fitting therefore that this card was made for a person, dear to my children, but one whom I had never met; their school bus driver.  He saved his retirement announcement for the very last day, so we had to track him down through his workplace.

Thankyou John for taking such good care of my children.