As I ride pillion through this primeval forest, I don’t think of the ancient trees, how they give us the smooth paper leaves on which we love to press down with granite made from the centre of the earth; nor of the fungi beneath, how one fruiting body brings us certain death and another alters our consciousness with its saprotrophic strangeness; nor of the native bees, how their furry-bodied industries sustain our food security and survival as a species;
of Mr Tait, whose smile was a warning, and how he taught us to bookmark a book with its own pages without damage, and how he showed us how to mitigate injury from possible falls when using a chair as a ladder, and how he use to call all the boys Fathead!
Shopping is one of my least favourite activities, so I usually try to avoid it. But when I’m travelling, I love to shop for small, unusual gifts for family and friends.
Shopping prep, Granville Island. Photo by Vi.
My husband’s not an easy giftee. He has everything he needs, and although he doesn’t have everything he wants (who does?), my budget doesn’t extend to Beneteaus and Breitlings. So his gifts from my travels are somewhat (ahem) eclectic. This is the latest.
Miniature Solar-powered RainbowMaker designed by David Dear
It’s our habit, on a Saturday, to head out early for breakfast at our local, and then to the golf course for 18 holes.
We got more than we bargained for today – on the fourth, a thunderstorm so powerful in its rain and wind action that we struggled to run against it to seek shelter from the lightning spiking all around us. The golf course was flooded in a couple of minutes – it’s frightening how quickly the weather can turn deadly.
I greatly admire people who reinvent ordinary everyday things as something revolutionary or breathtakingly wonderful. Parisian architect Jean Nouvel, French artist and botanist Patrick Blanc, and Australian landscape architect Keith Stead are three such people.Without their wonderful ideas and collaboration,One Central Parkin Sydney might be just another (albeit luxury) residential apartment building. However, when finished,OCPwill don the world’s tallest vertical garden.
‘Science of Nostalgia: It was first thought to be a “neurological disease of essentially demonic cause,” but it turns out that nostalgia is good for your brain. And there’s science to prove it.‘ More of this article inThe New York Times
I took this (rather overexposed) photo of my nieces cooking dinner around 20 years ago when we all still lived on the African continent. We had given one of them a children’s cookbook for Christmas, and they invited us over for dinner—a three-course meal—which they cooked using recipes from the book. They were such sweet, funny munchkins –still are 😉