Dear Readers, this is just a short post to let you know I continue to be persona non grata at the moment, meaning that my comments on your wonderful blogs are ending up as spam, or in some cases, are just disappearing into the ether. I know not why, but if you have been wondering why I’ve been so quiet lately, please do check your spam folders. If I’m not there, but exist somewhere else in the
cloud mists of the internet, please know that I am with you in spirit, and that I will continue to talk to myself as it were, as I am quite certain that you would not deliberately ignore my very polite comments. Read more
It has been a wild and windy week in Southeast Australia. This afternoon it was 3ºc, with an apparent temperature of -4ºc due to the gale force winds.
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Response to the Ragtag Daily Prompt — Wind.
Ladies and gentlemen, words cannot express how excited I was to see my first female red-capped robin recently. Red-capped robins (Petroica goodenovii) are uncommon breeding visitors to the Canberra region (Australia). I’ve only ever seen one male. And, we had the camera with us! Wonders never cease. Read more
There are around 120 species of crow-like birds in the family Corvidae. In Australia, there are five species, including the Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides). I just love to observe these beautiful and intelligent birds. Read more
There is a new photography challenge – Bird Of The Day.
Here is my first entry — a yellow-rumped thornbill. In the manner of little birds, there one moment and gone the next.
June – the Serenity edition.
June – you cast your spell
dappled greys through sunlit days
frost upon your breath
chill winds bring the winter solstice
earth tilts, turns
a ballerina in slow motion. Read more
Day 30 — Share Your Music: 30 Days, 30 Songs
Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve made it to the end of the 30 Days, 30 Songs challenge. It has been epic. My special thanks go to my friend, Sarah, of Art Expeditions, for hosting the challenge and to all those who contributed their favourite songs. My thanks also go to my readers for the enthusiasm they have shown for my music choices. I have tried to give a balanced representation of the songs that have touched my heart. Not easy to do in the space of 30 songs/tunes.
On the drive home from an outing today, my husband and I got chatting about great concerts we had seen, which then turned into a conversation about the great concert we missed due to a medical emergency (mine). Anyway that concert was a Deborah Conway / Willy Zygier concert. At that moment, I decided my final song choice would be Man Overboard by 80s Aussie rock band, Do Re Mi – with Deborah Conway singing lead vocals.
Man Overboard was co-written by band members: Deborah Conway, Dorland Bray, Helen Carter and Stephen Philip. It is song writing at its gritty best. Man Overboard is about women putting up with men’s shit. Well, that’s how I interpret it.
I’ve included two clips of the song. The first clip tells the story in song and pictures, and has the best sound quality. The second clip includes the lyrics. All I can say is how good were Do Re Mi, and how good is Deborah Conway! Maybe she and her partner, Willy Zygier, will come back to Canberra again. I hope so, otherwise I will never hear the end of it.
The incredibly talented Sarah of Art Expedition has hosted 30 Days, 30 Songs for the month of June. You can see her latest and last post here. Ladies and gentlemen, this is your final opportunity to participate in the challenge. Please join in if you are so inclined.
Day 29 — Share Your Music: 30 Days, 30 Songs
Music — it represents the sum of our lives. Think of any aspect of human emotion or endeavour and there has probably been a song written about it. Songs can unite or divide. Just as there are war songs, there are also songs of protest and peace. I prefer to call the latter, songs of kindness. Every year I feel the love at Canberra’s National Folk Festival. It is there that I first heard many of the songs that I have shared over the 30 days of this music challenge. This year I had the very great privilege to attend the Festival’s Concert for Peace. The concert was a call to action and an opportunity to honour the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (otherwise known as ICAN). Read more
Day 28 — Share Your Music: 30 Days, 30 Songs
Ladies and gentlemen, I am up to the penultimate post to the penultimate post of the 30 Days, 30 Songs challenge. Yes, just three days to go. I’ll keep it short and sweet. I watched one of my favourite comedy shows this week and the comedians made the point that:
The incredibly talented Sarah of Art Expedition is hosting 30 Days, 30 Songs for the month of June. You can see her latest post here. Casual players welcome to join in the big countdown to the end of the month.
Day 27 — Share Your Music: 30 Days, 30 Songs
Fond memories, ladies and gentlemen. Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Clarinet, Flute and Strings brought to an end my classical phase. I re-visit it every now and then. What could be more beautiful? Hear the instruments sing.
The incredibly talented Sarah of Art Expedition is hosting 30 Days, 30 Songs for the month of June. You can see her latest post here. There are only three days left to join in the challenge. All welcome.