The little things…

You know, I don’t really have anything profound to say, but I have decided that shouldn’t stop me from writing.

The Evening Primrose is flowering for the first time in two years and this morning I saw our new garden’s first darling little bean. The jacarandas are just about to burst out in bloom, and yesterday I picked this season’s first gardenia. I stuck it behind my ear and it showered me with its scent for an hour or two. Generous blossom. The pomegranate tree is covered in blossoms promising a bountiful harvest, and the Lilly pilly is going nuts.

We have new birds I have never seen before this Spring, drawn by the multitude of flowers, and a family of willy wagtails has moved in, building a nest right above the entranceway to my cottage. I like cats, but I’m glad we don’t have one.

 The Bear thinks I am delectable even when I am pre-menstrual, unshowered and gunning for a fight. When the kids and I arrived home tonight, dinner was on the table, and the clothes neatly folded in the washing basket. I liked this very much and told him so πŸ™‚

I watched my daughter stroke up and down the pool this afternoon, noticing how much improved she is, and how much stronger too. We had afternoon tea together at the local cafe and shared a green smoothie. I noticed how well she can do her hair now.

My son has grown so much that when I saw him from a distance at the cricket nets this afternoon, I wondered who the new kid was. Ha! He’s grumpy and everyone is annoying him, but when he heard a thump in the bathroom when his sister was having a shower, he immediately called out and asked her if she was ok. She was.

Uni started today. I am learning about Sociology and Politics. I love Sociology so much I am plotting how to add it as a major. Who knew that the other wide-eyed social activists who want to make the world a better place hang out there? For politics I read a speech by Mark Latham on why if you’re a young person who wants to make a difference, you shouldn’t go into politics. I don’t like him, but I agreed with most of what he said, which was a little disturbing.

I have a new job!  I am working with a friend I haven’t seen since primary school, helping her out with her rapidly expanding copywriting business. I can work from home, and hone my editing and writing skills. Her sister Natalie, a fellow Taurus dragon, born the day after me, and whom I have known for just as long, suggested that we work together. Life is wonderful like that sometimes.

I drove through the Bellinger valley on Sunday, all the way up the mountain to Dorrigo, for a little folk and bluegrass festival they have there. I love the high country – the higher I am the better I feel. One day I will live there, Goddess willing, but until then, I will love the hell out of it on visits. It was freaking freezing though – I’m not used to having to wear a coat and hat in October. My friend Lisa had a spare ticket, so we met for a breakfast gig and jointly filled our music wells all day. She made me laugh when she told she wanted to marry one of the performers and have all of his babies. And then I saw him perform and told her she was going to have to share. We’ll make it work πŸ˜‰

On Saturday I met up with my friend Lizzy who I haven’t seen for months as she has been travelling in China. We sat in her car and drank hot chocolate and coffee while rain fell upon the river, and talked and cackled about life, love and conundrums as if they were every day topics, which of course they are. We ate Indian and watched Sing Street (have you seen it? So good) which was playing at the local cinema in the Travelling Film Festival.

In the past week I’ve seen or spoke to just about all of my friends that live close by. Some were spontaneous drop ins or bump intos and others were long planned, but all of them were nourishing in some way. One accidental visit was both hilarious and disturbing, where we played tipsy backyard cricket and howled uproariously at our bad bowling and the invisible ball – and I learned the real reason for a friendship that had disintegrated overnight a few years ago. She thought I had the hots for her husband! I was floored, then outraged…and then I just had to let it go, because hello? Ancient history – handy to know, useful to learn from, heavy to carry. 

Tomorrow I’m spending the day with my mum. A day together with no accompanying kids or spouses is a bit special. I’m not sure exactly what she’s got planned, but ther might be some kayaking, there will definitely be some talking and eating and laughing. It doesn’t matter what we do – I would be as happy nattering away at the kitchen table as I would be be anywhere, as long as we can do it together.

Today is my last big day at home this week. I will finish this week’s study load and do a copywriting job that is due tomorrow. I will vacuum the floors, clean the bathroom, make bliss balls and sushi for the kids and hopefully squeeze in the first episode of the new series of Outlander that is showing on SBS at the moment. I love the hell out of these days at home πŸ™‚

So there you have it friends, a week in the life of me. I hope you are well, whatever you are doing and wherever you are doing it. Don’t forget to pay attention to the small things – life happens in the details.


  1. I have so much to say about this post, but I will try and restrain myself. First of all, thank you. You may not think it was profound but to me it was/is. I’ve had a crisis of confidence in my writing lately, thinking I had nothing to say. Yesterday I started a piece that is very much like yours, garden, personal things etc. In the process I had a little realisation, that my writing can be just like my photos, details of light and everyday things, written with light in them. So your post today was like a confirmation of that idea. If anyone loves my post half as much as I have loved this one of yours, it is reason enough for me. xxx A

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    • Isn’t it interesting how often we are on the same wavelength? I had been the same, waiting until I had something profound to share…but hey, this blogging thing is about connection isn’t it? And we don’t only connect over profound wisdoms, but the everyday ways we are all humans. I’m glad you enjoyed it, because I enjoyed writing it very much.

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  2. Happy spring! It’s funny, your comment about not being used to wearing a coat in October, because where I live, it’s autumn, and the temps are dropping such that I wear a heavy shirt or light fleece over my t-shirts now, and wear a thin, nylon raincoat as my jacket (until it gets cold enough to warrant a warmer coat). We’re into more rain and much less sun, which is challenging for many people around here, me included. It’s fun to see and hear about plants and birds that I’ve never heard of, or that don’t grow in my area. My favorite things about autumn is maple trees that turn all shades of yellow, reds, and oranges. There are a few around this part of the country, and many in the northeast, where I grew up.

    I’m excited that you’re studying sociology! After two years of studying hard sciences (biology, chemistry) in anticipation of eventually going to medical school, I did a 180 and finally realized that I did not want to go on to medical school and beyond, and discovered sociology. I ended up with a degree in it, and although my career didn’t use my sociological background, I use what I learned in so much of my life that I’ve never regretted studying it. I still find it fascinating.

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    • A fellow sociologist (note my preemptive labelling of myself as such, when you are actually a sociologist πŸ˜‰ )!! How exciting, I never knew that about you. The wonderful thing about it is that I naturally think in terms of society, culture and patterns and how the micro is influenced by the macro…and now I get to study it – yay!
      We generally have a short dry Spring here, before it leapfrogs straight into summer, but this year, it has been mild and even a little damp. Even so, jackets and coats are well and truly taken off and put away. It’s amazing what a little elevation will do for the temperature though!

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    • Thank you Kate 😊 Hey you know how I said I wasn’t a kayaker? Well, two days after saying that, I was kayaking on our beautiful river (peaceful, calm not flooding and wild, but still 😊) all I wanted was more, so beautiful.


  3. Although apparently simple and unprofound, a writer sharing what is happening in their world is truly enriching. To be granted access to another’s thoughts & life experiences is wonderfully generous. It’s all I have to offer. Me. This life. And as we’ve experienced, it transpires often what we are sharing is immediately meaningful to others.
    In this instance, your post simply reinforces my enjoyment of being, right here, now, in this place, with its people, enjoying also new birds, plans for a garden, the season & weather… of life.

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    • You are so right, Dale. Of course, what else do we have to share, but ourselves? And I guess this kind of personal sharing is generous. So, it is, in its own way, profound 😊 thank you!


    • I thought you might have πŸ˜€
      No, outlander is a time travelling historical fiction – Scottish highlander meets 20th century doctor. Sounds naff but is amazing 😊 are you thinking of Boudicea or maybe even mists of Avalon?


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