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Can a grey day fill the senses, ladies and gentlemen?  I used to think not.  However, on this particular grey day, after completing some chores, I stopped off at my new favourite bird watching spot.  I encountered another photographer there — a very nice man.  He had all the gear, but was lamenting the light.  The birds though, were making the most of it. Read more

Book Review – Chaconne by Diana Blackwood

Ladies and gentlemen, this is my very first book review.  The book is Chaconne by Diana Blackwood.  I have posted it on GoodReads (I think) but I don’t seem to be able to make the tech work to share it to my blog.  I’m still learning.  Anyway, here it is.  Enjoy.

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Diana Blackwood has written a well-crafted and poignant coming-of-age story.  Eleanor is a highly intelligent, damaged young woman.  Abandoned by her father as a child and with an absent mother, Eleanor is left rudderless, suffering from a ‘fuzzy sense of being shut out of her proper story, as if she had failed at youth, been found wanting by life itself’.  Read more

Keeping Up with the Jones – A Strange Thing Happened When I Found Art

There was a time when I was youngish and shallow, when I sort of lost perspective about the important things in life. I guess I was embarrassed and also so very tired. I was embarrassed about my weight, my strange and difficult children, my parenting skills, my lack of career progression, and most of all, I was embarrassed about the suburb I lived in and my shitty little house that was so untidy even my mother didn’t like to visit me (cue violins playing).  Read more