No canaries were harmed in this story.
Shall we have a story about what really happens at Tracy’s house? It is a difficult story to tell because I’m not sure we are doing the right thing by our pet canary. He used to be one of a small flock of house canaries. The little flock had a lovely life together, with free flight across the lounge room, luxurious baths, fresh greens picked for them from the garden, and seed treats, before being tucked into their cages for the night. Life was rosy but, like us, the little birds got old, until, only one, Pan of the wild song, remained.
This week’s theme for the Lens Artists Photo Challenge is Sanctuary. I’m not sure what more can be said about this topic that I haven’t said already, so I’ve decided to re-post my earlier discussion/photos on this subject. At that time, I said that I didn’t feel safe anywhere. That is not quite true. I do feel safe with my family. Thank goodness for that because in these days of Covid and being confined to home (provided you are lucky enough to have one of those), there are many people fearful of the ones they should be able to trust the most.
WordPress (and now the Lens-Artists Challenge) has asked us to explore what it means to find your place in the world. Where’s your safe space? Where do you go when you need to feel inspired or cheered up? Do you prefer the city over a small town? I have to admit I find this an incredibly difficult challenge because I feel very ambivalent about my place in the world. I don’t feel safe, or comforted, or any of the things that WordPress has asked us to explore. I feel that I am possibly too much, that we are too much. However, I am here. I live in a wonderful place and I’m grateful for that. The issue of whether I, and we, can live sustainably is a complex one.
It seems an age ago that the aphids were attacking my newly sprouted garlic chives. Now as autumn makes its long anticipated appearance in the temperate areas of Australia, the black aphids are back. This time they are attacking a beautiful succulent that my friend gave me last year. The ants are milking the aphids for honeydew. It is a good system. Read more
Hello Readers, I know we are all busy just trying to stay alive (welcome to the world of many trapped in refugee camps and in poverty), but if you have enough time (and photos, stories, poems in your archive), you may wish to participate in a new weekly challenge. I am calling it the Corvid-2020 Weekly Challenge. No, the virus hasn’t evolved. A corvid is a type of bird. The challenge will come out each Tuesday, all being well (if you know what I mean). Read more
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge — All-Time Favorites
Here is my contribution to the last ever WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. I never thought I would come to love this Challenge so much. Thank you to WordPress for hosting this challenge which has given me such creative inspiration since last October.
It goes without saying that I adore my family the most. But beyond my family, there are a couple of true loves that I would like to share with you to end this journey. Read more
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge — Twisted
Since the Weekly Photo Challenge is to be discontinued, I thought I should put in an entry this week. I had no idea when starting my blog that I would enjoy the WordPress Weekly Challenge so much. I will miss it, but I will just have to be brave and jump into some of the other photo challenges every now and then. In the meantime, here is my response to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of ‘Twisted’. For this challenge, I found inspiration in craft. Read more
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge — Liquid
The theme for the WordPress Weekly Challenge theme is “liquid”. In responding to the Challenge, my main criterion was that the focus of the photo should be on the water/liquid rather than on the other elements within the photo. I have chosen four very different photos taken by various members of my family, that I think meet this criterion. I also wanted to post the photos largely unedited. What do you think is the main focus of each of the photos? Read more
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge — Unlikely
Unlikely as it is, the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme of ‘Unlikely’ caused a little poem to pop into my head to accompany some pictures I had in mind for the challenge. I hope you enjoy it.
Unlikely Ever To Say Die Read more
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge — Lines
This is the sort of photo challenge that you could really get carried away with, isn’t it? Lines are my life. Get it? Lifelines (groan). Read more
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge — Prolific
I had decided not to enter this week’s photo challenge, but changed my mind today as I had the very good fortune to visit the amazingly beautiful Australian National Botanic Gardens. To my delight, there were many plants in full bloom. My little phone camera struggled with some of the smaller, more delicate flowers, but it absolutely loved the banksias. There is such a huge variety of banksias, and many were flowering prolifically. I hope you like them as much as my camera did. Read more